Bethany House and Tracie Peterson have done it again!! This time with The Icecutter's Daughter, the first book in the new series Land of Shining Water. This was a very different book for me to read as far as the setting of it was concerned. Set in Minnesota in the middle of winter, we met Merrill Krause - only daughter of the icecutter in town and is just as content being "one of the guys" as she is with her ladylike side. Even though she can train and drive a team of horses better than most men, she does desire to have a family of her own despite a promise to her mother on her deathbed to take care of the family. When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in town to help his uncle with his furniture and carpentry, Merrill seems to have finally met the man of her dreams. He is handsome, hard working and not afraid of Merrill's brothers who have run other suitors off in the past. However, when Svea Olsson and her brother come to town, Merrill realizes Rurik may not be the man he has said he is. Questions are raised about Rurik's intergrity, Svea's declarations and her brother's work ethic. All the while, Merrill is trying to find the truth as well as be the Christian example she is suppose to be to those who may not be acting the right way. I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. It is a fabulous read that will keep you guessing and in your seat until the last page is read - then you will want to know more! Another great job by Tracie Peterson! Thank you, Bethany House, for the book to read in exchange for this review!
First off let me just say that I LOVE Tracie's writing!!! It does not surprise me that she has written 90 novels and I hope I can find the time to read them all!!! :) They are all so unique and lovely in there own way; The Icecutter's Daughter is no exception. I loved this book!!! When I first read the description I really wanted to read it, but not just because it was a Tracie Peterson novel that sounded really good. I wanted to learn and read about Ice cutters!!! :D But what I didn't know was that this book is filled with much more than just that. While Ice cutting is mentioned, there's not that many details that goes into it. But there is mention of the beautiful and strong Belgian horses that help with this job, and I loved their inclusion. Shocking twists that show God's Will will come in His perfect time and His mysterious ways; I absolutely LOVE the messages the book holds with in. And I enjoyed learning more about Swedish and German traditions and life styles (especially the food LOL!). There are so many aspects of the Icecutter's Daughter that a fabulous and I would love to go into all of them, but I don't want to give anything away! I definitely recommend this book!!! It has made it to my favorite books list with it's story of love, faith, hope, doubt, fear, lies, anguish, forgiveness, and true Christianity, hard work it's a must read!!!
There is one fault I found though. There are no recipes in the back!!! :( No carrot cookie with orange icing recipe!?!?!? WHY?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!
My songs for this book are: "Angels From The Realms Of Glory" by Julie Andrews, "You Raise Me Up" by Celtic Woman, "Svenskt festspel (Swedish Festival Music)" by Orebro Symphony Orchestra, and "German Dances, in F Major for Clarinet, Violin and Cello Op. 26c: Slow Waltz Tempo - Vivace - Un poco tranquillo - Vivace - Un poco tranquillo - Coda-Vivace" by Wolfgang Meyer, Elisabeth Weber & Mischa Meyer
"The Icecutter's Daughter" by Tracie Peterson was very predictable and similar to her other works. While the characters and setting vary from book to book, the stories all seem to have the typical plot with a predictable outcome. And at times, I find the "goodness" of the characters to be quite annoying. The characters seem a little difficult to live up to.
I did enjoy learning more about the Swedish and German heritages, as well as the craft of icecutting. But the responses of the characters seemed a bit unreal. While I agree that these responses should be our true responses, realistically they are not. The heroes and heroines in Peterson's books seem incapable of sin.
I enjoy Peterson's books for a lighter read, but I think she has the potential for greater things.
*These opinions are my own. I was provided a book from Bethany House in exchange for my review.
As I have moved to a place where I have never moved before nor know much about, I know it will be good for me to read about the state of Minnesota. The first book I have picked up is The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson.
Like most "romances" it is the story of a young woman, a young man, the trouble that keeps them apart and the overcoming that brings them together - all with the backdrop of snowy, Scandinavian Minnesota. It is a pleasant story, a simple plot with intriguing characters. And while I was happy that Merrill and Rurik find their way together in the end (was there ever any doubt?), I was not entirely pleased that every character had a happy ending. Repentance and forgiveness is what we all desire when trials in our lives hurt us on the deepest levels. But not everyone repents. Not every prodigal returns. And forgiveness is not so easily given.
If you want a pleasant story about people at the turn-of-the-century in Minnesota, this is a good place to start. But now I will move on to something a bit more interesting_
The First Book In The Land Of Shining Waters Serie
April 30, 2013
The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson, set in the late 1890's in Minnesota, is a historical novel that will capture your emotions from the first chapter. Merrill Krause is the only daughter in a house full of men, caring for her family and holding her own as she works beside her father and brothers, with their horses, and in their business as icecutters. Although marrying age, Merrill wonders if suitors will be able to cross the wall of protection her brothers have formed around her.
I have loved Tracie Peterson's writings since The Shannon Saga Series. Her stories come to life due to her extensive research capturing the period and culture of each character. The Icecutter's Daughter is the first book in her new series Land of Shining Waters. The next book in this series, The Quarryman's Bride, will be available this summer, 2013. If you have been seeking a new series, look no further!