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The Icecutter's Daughter (Land of Shining Water Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    I received a copy of THE ICECUTTER¿S DAUGHTER by Tracie Peterson

    I received a copy of THE ICECUTTER’S DAUGHTER by Tracie Peterson from Bethany House.  It is the first book in the Land of Shining Waters series.  As soon as I opened the package that arrived in the mail, I couldn’t wait to start reading.  The cover is addictive!  Two horses pull something heavy through the snow – I could almost feel the wind and biting snow flakes.  A young woman looks on from the top of the cover, her eyes the color of frozen water.  From her manner of dress and the fact we still use horses today for various things, I had to check to make sure it was a historical novel, which it is.  I can’t get enough of those.

    Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite historical fiction authors.  Her stories always introduce me to something I don’t normally read about.  Sure, there are tons of Elizabethan and Civil War stories, but how many times have you read about ice cutters?  I hadn’t known much about them at all until I finished this book.  Tracie Paterson introduces believable characters and creates exciting adventures from everyday activities.  You feel as if you’re living in Minnesota with Merrill, the main character, and Rurik, her love interest.  I highly recommend this to fans of historical fiction, riveting plots, and religious stories.  

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

    First off I didn¿t know what to expect from Tracie Peterson. Thi

    First off I didn’t know what to expect from Tracie Peterson. This is the first time I am reading her work and I am glad to say that I am now a fan. 
    Now I do have to admit in the beginning of the story I was more drawn into Rurik’s thread in the story before I became equally concerned about both Merrill and Rurik. Both characters are so wonderful in the fact that they bore their share of problems and took everything to prayer but what made me love Rurik was that he was more inclined to change his environment where there was a part of Merrill that just excepted her situation and felt that maybe she would die an old maid.
    Merrill’s main struggle was that she felt there was no way out of the normalcy of working on her father’s land – basically serving her family until she no longer knew who she was apart from her family. I liked that in small ways she was given the chance to change that pattern in her life and felt encouraged to live her life, of course which ment finding her place along side the man who captured her  heart.
    Rurik’s struggle was really at the center of the story. It’s his character that brought conflict into the story and caused Merrill to change for a bit without her knowledge. This was one man who was only trying to do what was best for himself and others while living in God’s will. I like that he took marriage seriously and was willing to uphold to his morals not matter what.

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

      Merrill Jean Krause is a Proverbs 31 woman, and so the best le

      Merrill Jean Krause is a Proverbs 31 woman, and so the best lessons learned from reading The Icecutter's Daughter will come from exploring her character.

    Merrill is a model of sturdy femininity. She cares for her family's draft horses in the stable, helps with the icecutting in the cold and snow, and also keeps the home for her father and six brothers.
    Merrill feared that she was not the sort of woman a man would want to marry, but she was wrong. Hers was true biblical womanhood, neither delighting in being manly nor being a caricature of china dollish-ness.
    She was a resourceful girl in her homemaking, a good cook- her carrot cookies with frosting made from her Christmas orange sound delicious!-and she beautified her living space for her family by treating homemaking as an art. She used her talents at painting to bless them and then to earn income at the furniture shop.
    She was a girl of strength, virtue and industry. She served her father and her neighbors and her hands were never idle.

    It was good to see a family economy celebrated in The Icecutter's Daughter.
    One of my favorite quotes was when Merrill says her father always loved working with all his family around him.
    I also was glad to see Merrill come to trust her father in the matter of suitors, although I wished her brothers had been there to flatten Nils. Just sayin'. That is what brothers are for.

    I appreciated her suitor Rurik's family as well. His older brother Aron was a source of counsel for him, as was his Uncle Carl. I wondered how a godly man would handle the accusation that could ruin his reputation. Certainly seeking wise counsel would be step one.

    I am glad that Tracie Peterson introduced us to this heroine who modeled sturdy femininity. I think a series of books about Merrill Jean might be something to consider!

    I was given this book free from Bethany House to review.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Merrill Krause is a strong woman who works alongside her father

    Merrill Krause is a strong woman who works alongside her father and brothers in their ice harvesting business. That's an occupation I had never heard of and so the inside look was fascinating to me. What dangerous, hard work to get the ice out of the river to send East for peoples iceboxes. Merrill longs to find someone to settle down with and start a family of her own, but she made a promise to her dying mother to take care of her father and brothers. She also knows her strength and lack of the usual feminine trimmings, as well as her four imposing older brothers often turned off potential suitors, but as her close friend and mentor Granny Lassiter points out, she doesn't really want someone who can't handle all that either. Just as someone comes along who finally seemed to understand and accept her for who she is, scandal erupts!

    This is a heartwarming story of human nature and it's failings, and God's forgiveness and grace. It's all about family, community, friendship and love.

    This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. 

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