Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Icecutter's Daughter

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Icecutter’s Daughter
Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013)
Tracie Peterson


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.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Icecutter’s Daughter, go HERE.

Book Review

"Icecutter's Daughter" is a story interwoven around the lives of two people, Merrill and Rurik.  

Rurik has recently come to live in Minnesota to help his uncle who is ill and help out with his carpentry business.   When he arrives he meets Merrill who is the icecutter's daughter.   Somehow we forget that a long time ago they used to go out onto frozen lakes and cut the ice to store for use.    Reading even the details in this book made me realize what hard work this was in such severe cold.  

Merrill is not immune from all this hard work as her mother died when she was young.  As the only girl in the family, she is left with all the responsibilities that the woman of the home would have.   She cooks and cleans for her father and brother, but she also takes care of their horses and helps with the ice business.     

Rurik comes and helps Merrill's family during the ice harvest and they develop a friendship during these long hours and days.    This friendship grows as Merrill goes into town to visit her Grandmother and cousin, Corabeth.   They have hopes of helping her find time to be a girl.

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