Monday, May 6, 2013

The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson: A Book Review

The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson

From the Publisher:

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?

First of all… can I brag on the cover for just a moment? Breathtaking, actually. It’s not often that I choose a book based on its cover – as the old adage says – mainly because I would much rather let my imagination set the scene. But this one has me wishing on snow – and we’ve just come out of a long winter (in which I fervently hoped for spring) in Wisconsin!

Breaking open the cover to reveal the pages, however, proved to be just as wonderful a scene. I’ve been a Tracie Peterson fan for years {checkout The Alaskan Quest Series} and enjoy both her historical fiction and contemporary works as well. But she has outdone herself. Maybe the Midwest backdrop of Minnesota created a bit of partiality with the snow covered ground and frigid winters, but I think it more than simply the setting.

I simply found such a wonderful friend in Merrill. Her feelings of being an outsider, of lacking in girlish charm, her keen awareness that, perhaps, she was not what everyone expected– brought to mind my own thoughts. And yet, she remained fearlessly true to herself. Reminding me many times over that when pleasing the Lord and serving others is set at the forefront, all the other things pale in comparison.

And that they did, especially to the handsome Kansas-raised farmer turned carpenter Rurik Jorgenson. Unruly hair and work trousers hidden beneath layers of skirts did nothing to deter him from Merrill’s true beauty. But as Rurik’s life in Kansas collides with his new home in Minnesota, things become more complicated than either could have anticipated.

Ultimately a story of forgiveness and trust, Tracie Peterson’s latest story is a wonder-filled mixture of faith and romance. Effortlessly tying in Biblical truths, I was truly lost in the Minnesota winter and the warm hearts that resided there. 

***With thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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