The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels.
She received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings’ Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership’s vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.
In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.
She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.
Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.
Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family–especially her three grandchildren–Rainy, Fox and Max. She’s active in her church as the Director of Women’s Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer’s retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits, to research her books.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 fiance 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?
The Icecutter’s Daughter is a warm, lovely historical romance set in the wilds of icy Minnesota. Merrill is a strong young woman accustomed to working side-by-side with her father and brothers in the ice fields. A natural with the family horses, Merrill is also widely known for her cooking skills. She dreams of a husband and children of her own but believes that men are only attracted to the petite frilly women she sees in town. When Rurik Jorgenson shows up to help his ailing uncle, Merrill is surprised at the immediate attraction she feels and even more surprised that he seems to feel the same. Naturally the course of romance could not run smoothly so numerous complications arise to interfere with its progression.
I always enjoy a novel by Tracie Peterson because she never fails to keep me entertained with a good story populated with compelling characters and she always manages to inform me with unique historical facts of which I have little former knowledge. I loved learning about life in turn-of-the-century Minnesota where men made a good living cutting ice for those in warmer states. I also enjoyed the interaction between the characters, particularly one conversation between Merrill and her father. As expected, a strong message of faith permeates the pages of The Icecutter’s Daughter with a heavy emphasis on forgiveness.