As the lone female in a houseful of men, Merrill Krause dedicates her life to caring for her family and their business, as her dying mother asked. Besides, it suits her; she’s never felt like she fits what most people expect in a girl–she’d rather work with her father’s horses and assist with the ice harvest. And though she’s been mostly content up to this point, a part of her wonders if there will ever be anyone who will notice her amid the bevy of brothers determined to protect her from any possible suitors.
When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small Minnesota town to join his uncle’s carpentry business, he soon crosses paths with Merrill. But unlike other men, who are often frightened away by her older brothers, Rurik isn’t intimidated by them or by Merrill’s strength and lack of femininity. The attraction between them begins to build…until Rurik’s former fiancée shows up with wild claims that bring serious consequences to Rurik.
Can Rurik and Merrill learn to trust God–and each other–when scandal threatens their newfound love?
Tracie Peterson moves from the Georgia coast of her previous series to the lakes of Minnesota and, in particular, to the town of Waseca. Here we find Merrill, so used to working with her brothers during the bitterly cold ice harvest that casual observers believe her to be another male until she removes her outer clothing. Caring friends are concerned she’ll never find a suitor due to her penchant for hard work and wearing men’s trousers. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to concern Rurik. He has bigger issues. His uncle’s health is going downhill, his friend has shown up in town adamant that Rurik will get him a job, and why is his ex-fiancée so determined to ruin his reputation?
Once again, Ms. Peterson has given us an intriguing snapshot of American history. There are many details subtly included in the storyline, including the changing attitudes toward marriage and how immigrants and their descendants kept their cultural heritage while assimilating into American life. As with most romances, it is easy to figure out the ending. The important part is discovering the journey to that ending. In this case, how would Rurik and Merrill reach their happy ending? I thought I had one plotline worked out, only to learn I was completely wrong! The one downside to this book was the ending. It was difficult to say goodbye to this group of characters that Ms. Peterson had given us.
The Icecutter’s Daughter is the first in the Land of Shining Water series. The Quarryman’s Bride is released in May. The final title of this Minnesota trilogy, The Miner’s Lady, will be published in in September.
Want to read the first chapter of The Icecutter’s Daughter? Click here to download a pdf file of it from the publisher’s website.
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 01 March 2013
Page Count: 352