The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson is a great read. It is the first book in the Land of Shining Water series. As the only daughter in her home, Merrill is kept busy taking care of her father and brothers and not much time to prepare to be a bride as most girls her age. God took care of that for her. Merril and Rurik work through the problems of town gossip and hurt and learn to forgive. I hated to have the story end and am so glad that I have the second book in the series ready to be read.
This is another enjoyable book by Tracie Peterson! This book will grab your attention from the beginning. The characters are likable and you will cheer for most of them. The two main characters of Merrill and Rurik are written well especially when they are conversing with each other. I thought they were well developed and I could actually see them be together. I gave this book 5/5 stars. The book held my attention and the story was entertaining. If you enjoy Christian historical fiction books you will enjoy this one! This particular book is book one in the series Land of Shining Water. The other two books are Quarryman's Bride and Miner's Lady.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Great listen by a wonderful author. Tracie Peterson really delivered on this book. A unique storyline. Merrill Krause is a feisty only daughter in a household of German-American men in Minnesota. Rurik is of Swedish descent and Peterson does a lovely job of interweaving that information. Nice character arcs as Merrill faces changes in her life that push her towards giving up her job of being the replacement mother in the household of big bossy men. Meanwhile Rurik, a real sweetheart, is trying to shake off an unwanted engagement that was arranged by their Swedish parents when they were children. His best friend is a scallawag, which the reader will begin to suspect straight away, but Rurik wants to see the best in him. My favorite secondary character was Rurik's uncle, who is seriously ill. Lovely romance, cool (cold!) setting, unique storyline, great narration, beautiful author's voice, excellent craft, all make for a superb listen. This will be in my best of 2013 books.
The Icecutter's Daughter is the first book in Tracie Peterson's new series Land of the Shining Water. I found it to be a wonderful mix of adventure and romance. I was quickly drawn into the story on the first page, as Merrill is helping one of their Belgian mares through a difficult birth. Merrill was described as a "handsome women" and not the typical heroine but Rurik was still drawn to her and soon sees her inner beauty. I also enjoyed learning about the process of ice cutting in 1885 Minnesota, which was something I had never heard of.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading the other books in this series.
I received this book from Net Galley and Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.