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

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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 ...
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Overview

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?

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.

"Beautifully written." - Portland Book Review

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Fulfilling a promise to her dying mother, Merrill Krause cares for her father and brothers and works for their Minnesota ice-cutting business. She'd like a family of her own someday but wonders if there is a man out there who will love the tomboyish Merrill for who she is. An inspirational romantic series debut from the ever-popular Peterson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410455345
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 3/6/2013
  • Series: Land of Shining Water Series , #1
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 431
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 80 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.
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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    In Tracie Peterson¿s new historical novel, ¿The Icecutter¿s Daug

    In Tracie Peterson’s new historical novel, “The Icecutter’s Daughter,” we find ourselves transported back in time to the late 1800’s in the wintry Minnesota territory. There we meet Merrill Krause, a German immigrant, taking care of her father and brothers, as her dying mother wished.




    Merrill is rather unconventional preferring to help her father with the ice harvest than sitting around looking pretty and drinking tea. Despite Granny Lassiter’s attempts to encourage Merrill to settle down with a family of her own, Merrill is too busy to contemplate or even desire marriage.




    That is until Rurik Jorgenson shows up to help with his uncle’s carpentry business.




    As much as Merrill wishes she could ignore her feelings, her heart begins to warm under Rurik’s friendship. But just as Merrill begins imagining a life together, Rurik’s former fiancé shows up with some crazy accusations. As Rurik’s reputation is called into question, Merrill will have to decide to believe Rurik and then trust God to see them through.




    Ms. Peterson tackles the question of how to have faith when despite doing the right thing; your circumstances continue to get worse. It is something we can all relate to and have struggled with at some point in our lives.




    I highly recommend reading this first novel in the Land of Shining Water series. The characters were endearing and believable. The novel was rich with historical detail and I enjoyed learning about the process of ice cutting. Ms. Peterson is good at showing the daily responsibilities and challenges a family would face during this time without overdoing it.




    This enjoyable romance stresses the importance of clinging to truth, trusting God in times of uncertainty, and forgiving those who have wronged us

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

    A tomboy, yet wanting something more, Merrill Krause spends most

    A tomboy, yet wanting something more, Merrill Krause spends most of her time helping her father and her brother.
    Rurik Jorgenson leaves home and a broken engagement, to help with his uncle's furniture business.
    Rurik and Merrill meet and then have to rely on God to help them find His purpose for their future lives.
    Tracie Peterson writes such true-to-life characters which makes the reader want to continue on at the end of the story. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Deidara

    Can i be him

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    Highly recommended - you must check it out!!

    Icebreakers Daughter by Tracie Peterson is the first book in a new series Land of the Shining Water. I learned about ice cutting in 1885 in Minnesota, which I never heard of before. Very glad I wasn't living then!! Merrill had promised her dying mother to take good care of her father and brothers. She did this and because of this there was never time left for herself. Rurik came along and things changed. I hated to see the story end, but I guess I'll have to get book 2 to see what happens with Merrill and Rurik. Another great story by Tracie Peterson!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Lee

    Follows

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Naruto

    Ok. Walks away

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    The Icecutter¿s Daughter by Tracie Peterson is a great read.  It

    The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson is a great read.  It is the first book in the Land of Shining Water series.  As the only daughter in her home, Merrill is kept busy taking care of her father and brothers and not much time to prepare to be a bride as most girls her age.  God took care of that for her.  Merril and Rurik work through the problems of town gossip and hurt and learn to forgive.  I hated to have the story end and am so glad that I have the second book in the series ready to be read.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    This is another well this written story by Tracie Peterson. I o

    This is another well this written story by Tracie Peterson. I once again felt drawn again into the story as we visited Minnesota on the last last day in the year 1895. love that Tracie leaves you thinking about the moral of the story long after you are done reading the story. It could leave you having some interesting discussion with those around you. I could keep going on but what I will do is tell you that you need to read this book as I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I have to admit I’m looking for more books by Tracie Peterson in my near future. She has quickly endeared her books to my “must read” authors. Thank You Tracie for introducing me to another genre of reading material that has me re-thinking Christian based books.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Silvershock

    Gets dragged there

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    Posted October 9, 2013

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    The Icecutter's Daughter is the first book in Tracie Peterson's

    The Icecutter's Daughter is the first book in Tracie Peterson's new series Land of the Shining Water. I found it to be a wonderful mix of adventure and romance. I was quickly drawn into the story on the first page, as Merrill is helping one of their Belgian mares through a difficult birth. Merrill was described as a "handsome women" and not the typical heroine but Rurik was still drawn to her and soon sees her inner beauty. I also enjoyed learning about the process of ice cutting in 1885 Minnesota, which was something I had never heard of.
    I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading the other books in this series.

    I received this book from Net Galley and Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    In Tracie Peterson's Land of Shining Water series, the settlers

    In Tracie Peterson's Land of Shining Water series, the settlers of the Great Lake area which were primarily Scandinavian or Germanic folk have their stories told. In The Icecutter's Daughter you'll meet hard working Scandinavians who work Belgium horses and cut huge blocks of ice from the frozen lakes for shipping to parts of the United States. This is a hard, rough life and takes both brain and brawn. The Icecutter's Daughter is Merrill Krause who is the only female remaining in her hardworking icecutting family. She grew up without the influence of a mother and works right along with the men at the hard work. But she also does the cooking, sewing, and other household chores. She has not courted and no one is in sight for the role of husband.


    Rurik Jorgenson decides he does not wish to marry the bride chosen by his now deceased father in an agreement with her father and he decides to leave his hometown and go to work for his uncle in the furniture making business rather than farm his father's land. And this uncle lives in a town near where the family of Merrill Krause live. Inevitably the two cross paths and their lives begin to become intertwined.


    But all is not well. The "jilted" bride of Rurik arrives on the scene and charges are made that challenge the virtue and integrity of Rurik.


    I found the story interesting because I know very little of that portion of American history and very little of the way the Scandinavians who settled our Country thought and lived and how hard they worked. Learning from the research of an author such as Tracie Peterson is enjoyable and interesting. The storyline itself is sweet and somewhat predictable. It was a relaxing and good read and is one I can recommend. You do see characters of strong faith and you see other characters who will lie and deceive just to get their way.










    DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of The Icecutter's Daughter from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Flare

    Final-- *glances around* oh..

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

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    Another great one by Tracie! Merrill Krause lived in Minnesota

    Another great one by Tracie!

    Merrill Krause lived in Minnesota and dedicated her life to caring for her father and six brothers since her mother died when she was only eleven years old. Not only did she do the usual womanly duties, she also helped with the animals and with the icecutting, the family business. Needless to say she didn't get the pampering without spoiling that her mother wanted her to have.




    Rurik Jorgenson lived in Kansas with his brother on the family farm. When he was young his father agreed to commit Rurik to an arranged marriage with Svea Olsson but when Rurik tells her that he's leaving for Minnesota to help his Uncle Carl, Svea gets mad and calls the engagement off.




    Rurik has always like building furniture since his farfar Jorgenson and Uncle Carl taught him when he was little. Carl has always helped the Krause's with the icecutting but since he's sick he volunteer's Rurik to go in his place. Merrill and Rurik find they are harboring feelings for each other but have not voiced them to anyone, not even each other. When Svea and her brother Nils, Rurik's best friend from childhood, show up unexpectedly in Minnesota the trouble starts for Rurik and soon ruins his reputation. Svea and Nils are very insistent Rurik follow through with the marriage even though she called it off when he left town. Something is not right here!




    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end and had another LATE night trying to get to the end. Tracie does her usual good job of pulling you right into the story. I hurriedly started the second book, "The Quarryman's Bride" and already I would like to knock someone silly in that book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Glimmer

    ((Camp is at unite result two now, Nakita))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Lily and Fallen Rose

    "Well, Shift, we kind of live here." She rolled her eyes in spite of the situation. "So now will you explain yourself?" ~Lily~ "What's a Shadow Thief?" \•\Fallen Rose\•\

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Nakita, Blade, and Shani

    Nakita glanced at Glimmer, then stared at Blade and Shani. "What is right. Why were you exiled?!" She exclaimed. Blade lowered his head. "They... found out about where I originally came from." Blade said quietly. Nakita looked at him, understanding. "Did they find out about your family too?" She pressed. Blade nodded. Shani was silent.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    Good book! Easy reading.

    I enjoyed this book because of the couple of twists the author put into the story. Overall it is like many other books I have read, which doesn't necessarily mean it was boring. The characters were fairly well developed and believe able and enjoyable.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    The Icecutter¿s Daughter by Tracie Peterson is a wonderful story

    The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson is a wonderful story and a great addition to the list of other great stories by Tracie. Merrill Krause is almost twenty-one years old and has been taking care of her father and four brothers for ten years since her mother died. Her mother’s dying request was that she would look after the men of the family. She works right beside the men doing whatever job needs to be done on the farm and dresses in trousers and other men’s clothing. In fact, she is better at working with the Belgian horses than the men. Merrill has done an excellent job but in the process she has become what many consider a very unladylike woman, and many just cannot get past her wearing of men’s trousers to see the outstanding woman that she has become. Rurik Jorgenson comes to visit his uncle and help in his furniture building business and enjoys the work. Town, and people so much that he decides to make his visit permanent. He is immediately drawn to Merrill but she cannot accept the fact that such a handsome man would be interested in her. Add Svea,the sister of Rurik’s best friend, into the mix and the story get more interesting and suspenseful page by page.




    Tracie did an excellent job with the characters making them come to life on the pages of the book and also making the reader either love them or greatly dislike them. The scenes were so well written that I was right there in the middle of all the action that was taking place. There were numerous surprises in the plot and it also had a great deal of suspense. It was evident that the author did a good deal of research before writing the book and all the history that she included made the book not only enjoyable but increased knowledge of the area and what was happening at the time. I had often wondered where people in the late nineteenth century obtained ice. As with all her books, Tracie kept God prominent in the lives of most of the characters and throughout the book one saw the love and forgiveness of God portrayed.




    I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a great story. And if you are already a Tracie Peterson fan then you will definitely want to read this book.




    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House at Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Awesome Book!!!

    I love this book.It is so funny after she delivers the foal.It sounds like something I would do necause Im so forgetful.I LOVE THE COVER.She has such pretty eyes.Im so jealous.my only problem is the name of the character,I felt that it didnt fit her.Otherwise a great read.Thanks Tracie Peterson for another great series starter.

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