The Icecutter's Daugher

The Icecutter's Daughter, Land of Shining Water Series #1

The Icecutter’s Daughter
Tracie Peterson
Bethany House Publishers

I know the last couple of times I’ve reviewed Tracie Peterson’s books I mentioned I wasn’t a huge fan; if so, why do I read her books every once in a while?


Her covers. I always, always love her covers. Besides, when our library gets any new books, I’ll take what I can get!

The Icecutter’s Daughter, while not entirely original in plot, was a fairly pleasant read. Again, it didn’t completely capture my imagination and it wasn’t an I-can’t-put-it-down type of novel, but it was okay. Here’s the book blurb:

Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she's bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses--despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior. 

When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, 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. As he thrives under the mentorship of his uncle, Rurik dreams of inheriting the business and claiming Merrill as his wife. But while he is determined to start a new life, the past is determined to follow him when his former fiancee and her brother show up in town. Soon Rurik is put in the center of a major scandal that may damage his relationship with Merrill. Can they learn to trust God--and each other--and embrace the promise of love?

One thing I did like was all of the ethnic names of the characters. One can get tired of commonly used names for characters in novels, so these were a nice change. Plus, since they were so unusual, it was easy to keep all the characters straight.

I didn't care much for the whole Svea plotline, though. She was just really nasty and then at the end everything came falling down and...I don't know. i just didn't like it.

Unlike when I read the first book of the Bridal Veil Island series (which I didn't like AT ALL), I would consider reading the forthcoming books in this series. (and I probably will, as I’m sure our library will get them)

Objectionable content: there are a few kisses, a woman claims she is pregnant out of wedlock.

Rating: 7


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