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The Icecutter's Daughter (Land of Shining…

The Icecutter's Daughter (Land of Shining Water) (utgåvan 2013)

av Tracie Peterson (Författare)

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A family promise and a lack of lady-like qualities have kept Merrill Krause single. When a chance at love appears, can she overcome the challenges?
Titel:The Icecutter's Daughter (Land of Shining Water)
Författare:Tracie Peterson (Författare)
Info:Bethany House Publishers (2013), 350 pages


The Icecutter's Daughter av Tracie Peterson



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The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson is the story of motherless Merril Krause who is taking care of her father and brothers. Her brothers chase away any young man who might be interested in her. Will Rurik be able to win her away from them? This book is on the library shelves under the number F/Pet.
  salem.colorado | Oct 2, 2019 |
Though this Christian novel takes place in the late 1800’s, Merrill is not a typical example of the time period. She is a woman slightly ahead of her time. She works hard, caring for her widowed father and her many brothers, often doing a man’s job, including harvesting ice. She is a good cook, but a practical person, wearing trousers under her skirt and her brothers’ coats for warmth when she works outdoors in the cold Minnesota weather. She in not concerned with her looks or appearance. That is, until a stranger comes to town. When handsome Rurik shows up to help his uncle with his furniture shop, Merrill is at once attracted to him. He is likewise taken with her. But when Rurik’s former fiancée, Svea and her brother appear in town, Merrill is dumbstruck. Rurik says his engagement was broken off before he arrived in town; Svea says they are still getting married. There are more problems along the way before everything gets sorted out. Many interesting twists are combined with enough mystery and romance to keep readers entertained. ( )
  Maydacat | Aug 10, 2015 |
Merrill Krause, the only girl in a family of boys, has fulfilled her promise to her dying mother and spent the last ten years taking care of her father and brothers. This has meant not only cooking and keeping house but also getting involved in the family business of raising draft horses and harvesting ice. The 21-year-old has had little time for the feminine pursuits of looking beautiful and batting her eyes at hopeful suitors (though she can sure cook up a storm). Visits to town (Waseca, Minnesota, 1895) and the not-so-subtle hints of Granny Lassiter and Merrill’s best friend Corabeth that she’s not getting any younger, only make her more aware of her lacks in the eligible young lady department.

Rurik Jorgenson appears in Waseca to help his ill Uncle Carl in his furniture-making shop. He meets Merrill at one of the ice-harvesting work bees, feels an instant attraction and it looks as if it will be full-steam-ahead to love for the two of them. That is until Rurik’s longtime friend Nils Olsson and his sister Svea (Rurik’s former fiancée) arrive in town. What follows is a drama of Shakespearean-type complications with Svea pressuring Rurik to reinstate their engagement, Nils coming on to Merrill, and Merrill’s father and brothers doing their customary hover over her affairs and suitors.

The likeable characters’ very human flaws keep them in trouble and I had a hard time putting this one down (though the story’s main complications resolved at about 90% through the book and the last 10% dragged a bit).

Author Tracie Peterson tells the story simply with lots of solid description of home, food, and community life—a great read for those who would enjoy the vicarious experience of life in an 1890s immigrant community (Merrill comes from German stock, Rurik from Swedish).

The book’s themes of love, loyalty, and the necessity of truth are firmly grounded in the Christian faith—a faith to which the main characters give lip and life service. Nothing edgy here but a good, safe read.

For an enjoyable romance that takes readers back to simpler, slower times, and gives a glimpse into a trade that has long disappeared in the dust of progress, The Icecutter’s Daughter is a fine choice.

(I received this book as a gift from publisher Bethany House for the purpose of writing a review.)

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  Violet_Nesdoly | Jan 4, 2015 |
Easy reading, Christian historical romance. A young man and woman become attracted to each other and begin a courtship fraught with difficulties and misunderstandings. ( )
  FancyHorse | Aug 31, 2014 |
Once again Tracie's love for detail, history and romance comes shining through in The Icecutter's Daughter. My Mother tells of my grandfather cutting ice for their personal summer stock, and I loved to read more of how it had been done. (No gory stories of limbs caught under heavy blocks of ice in the small spaces of the ice house as was grandfather's experience). I rooted for Rorik of Kansas as he tried to do the right thing, and also as he faced accusations of his friends. I fell in love with Merrill, a strong farm girl (I am also a farm girl through and through)and was proud how Tracie used Merrill's dedication to family and work instead of being overly concerned about her looks, even in the face of Granny's persistence that she should make a life for herself. Having friends who live in Minnesota, I know that the cold that blows off of the lakes is not exaggerated in the novel. I love to read about the Swedes and Norwegians in America, and found that this followed closely with other novels I have read as to history. This is definitely a book I recommend, and know I will be looking for the next one in the series of The Land of Shining Waters. This is the first book, but I am sure that each book will stand on it's own.
Thanks to Bethany House and Graf-Martin Communications for this free book which I was given in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group". ( )
  mbarkman | Jun 25, 2013 |
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