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?
About The Author:
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie Peterson's love for history and research fuel the bestselling stories she writes. She is the author of more than ninety novels and the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award. Tracie and her family live in Montana. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Web site at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com.
My Review: Once again I am extremely excited to share my thoughts on a new book from best-selling author, Tracie Peterson. She has been a favorite author of mine for many years and I have read almost all of her books. I could not turn down the chance to read and review her new historical fiction, The Icecutter's Daughter, and it was so worth the time spent reading it. Peterson writes with such passion that each page leaves you wanting to keep reading until you are up late into the night. You will be taken back in time to Minnesota in the 1800's and introduced to amazing characters like Merrill and Rurik. The characters are well-developed, and from the very first chapter they will find a place in your heart as you follow them through their life experiences. I found myself relating to their highs and lows on more than one occasion. They are real, vulnerable and will have you seeing themes like love and family throughout the novel. If you are a fan of historical fiction in general and Tracie Peterson books specifically, then you will definitely enjoy The Icecutter's Daughter. Look for book two of the Land of Shining Water series, The Quarryman's Bride, to be released in Summer 2013. I cannot wait to read it! I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Icecutter's Daughter at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
***I received a complimentary copy of the above book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***