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

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

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by Tracie Peterson

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Bestselling Author Unveils New Historical Series

Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she's bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen


Bestselling Author Unveils New Historical Series

Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she's bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses--despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior.

When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, 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. As he thrives under the mentorship of his uncle, Rurik dreams of inheriting the business and claiming Merrill as his wife. But while he is determined to start a new life, the past is determined to follow him when his former fiancee and her brother show up in town. Soon Rurik is put in the center of a major scandal that may damage his relationship with Merrill. Can they learn to trust God--and each other--and embrace the promise of love?

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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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Land of Shining Water Series , #1
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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
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 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 Montana. Learn more at

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The Icecutter's Daughter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
AwakenedAnew More than 1 year ago
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
craftie10 More than 1 year ago
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!
Wilani More than 1 year ago
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.
TMS-Avid_Reader_Am_I_0828 More than 1 year ago
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.
GodBlessAmericaJB More than 1 year ago
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.
CynthiaT More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 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.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Tracie Peterson Published By Bethany House Publishers Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Series: Land of Shinning Water #1 Review: "The Icecutter's Daughter" by Tracie Peterson was a good historical tale that sets in Minnesota about 1890's and it's first in its series. It was a good read with some mystery, then add some romance and that will keep you reading this novel until the very end. We will see that on Merrill's mother death bed she had her to take care of her father and brothers. She was to discover that she even like caring fro the Belgian horses that her father had raised. The descriptions need to be noted in this wonderful read...whether you are eating and or to the carpentry business you will even imagine yourself smelling the aromas of it all. When Rurik comes to help his ailing uncle we find that he is not in afraid the Merrill's brothers but when a ex fiancee who he was betrothed in a arranged marriage come into the picture we get some read. I loved the 'hocking twists that show God's Will come in His perfect time and His mysterious ways; I absolutely LOVE the messages the book holds within.' Be prepared for some humorous parts in it all. This is where I say you will have to pick up this read to see how this author brings it all out in the read. It will be a interesting and entertaining episode and Yes, I would recommend this as a good read and it will leave you saying bring on the second series.
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ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
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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ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
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.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
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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dgottreu More than 1 year ago
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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Samantha_Jo_Lynn More than 1 year ago
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 {check out 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson, set in the late 1890's in Minnesota, is a historical novel that will capture your emotions from the first chapter. Merrill Krause is the only daughter in a house full of men, caring for her family and holding her own as she works beside her father and brothers, with their horses, and in their business as icecutters. Although marrying age, Merrill wonders if suitors will be able to cross the wall of protection her brothers have formed around her. Early in this story, Rurik Jorgenson arrives from Kansas to assist his frail uncle in his carpentry business. Sparks fly as Rurik and Merrill desire to know each other better, until Svea, Rurik's former fiancé, comes to Waseca spreading a rumor that is sure to destroy his reputation. When even Waseca's minister believes Svea, Rurik wonders if he will ever have the opportunity to declare his love for Merrill. I have loved Tracie Peterson's writings since The Shannon Saga Series. Her stories come to life due to her extensive research capturing the period and culture of each character. The Icecutter's Daughter is the first book in her new series Land of Shining Waters. The next book in this series, The Quarryman's Bride, will be available this summer, 2013. If you have been seeking a new series, look no further!
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series by Tracie. In this book we learn about Merrill who has been taking care of her father and brothers since her mother's passing. Next comes Rurick, he has moved to town to learn to be a carpenter like his uncle. Can Merrill learn to love Rurick or will his past get in the way? As with other books I have read by Tracie in the past this book did not disappoint. I love the historical aspect of this book and that we get a little of the history of ice cutting along with the story of two people that thanks to the author are easy to fall in love with. I think the author die a good job of showing how relationships between the characters progressed. I feel a sense of my own history being told here even thought I can't say we had icecutters in our family but my family settled in the Midwest. Tracie also does a nice joy of adding the faith each of the characters have into the story. I look forward to the next book in this series. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review. I give this book 5 stars.
Jetches More than 1 year ago
I knew nothing about Icecutting and this novel opened my eyes up another world. And, of course, Bethany House Publishing have yet to left me down, and have produced another great wholesome romance. I love falling in love with love! Its great finding two characters that begin to love each other even before they are together. I love it when they find each other and really get to know one another! I liked the strong characters and the story was empowering. This is a series I will definitely continue! Good: Merrill—Strong and a pretty cool person Rurik—love the name and really good guy. Its pretty hard not to like him Bad:  The accents really made me think, but luckily there enough English that I wasn’t confused. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the book was pretty easy to follow. There were some parts (mainly the accents) that did have me re-reading and thinking just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. But, other than that the story was an easy read and a great story. This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.
leahhhh12 More than 1 year ago
Merrill Krause has been taking care of her Father and brothers ever since her Mother died ten years before. Living with a bunch of men has left Merrill lacking in some feminine areas but she’s not afraid of hard work and she works just as hard as her brothers in helping with the ice harvesting. Merrill has begun to feel lonely and she starts to wonder if this is the life she’s destined to or if she’ll ever have the chance to marry and have a family of her own. While she’s had a few suitors in the past, most of them have been intimidated by her brothers. Rurik Jorgenson has come to Minnesota to help his ailing uncle with his furniture business. Leaving a broken engagement behind, he’s hoping to escape from a piece of his past and be a help to his uncle. When Rurik meets Merrill, he is intrigued from the start and he can’t help feeling drawn to her. Even her brothers can’t scare him away. Yet when Rurik’s ex-fiancee finds him, he finds himself stuck in the middle of a brewing scandal. Merrill and Rurik must look to God to sort the mess out and ultimately they must learn to put their trust in Him. I thought this book was really good and I enjoyed it from start to finish. I enjoyed it so much that I read it within 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down! I loved the relationship between Merrill and Rurik and how it grew. I liked how the characters were going through different struggles and I liked that we could see how they grew from those struggles. Overall, I liked the message of trust and how the characters needed to base their trust on God. I also enjoyed reading a little bit about how the ice harvesting works. While the book does not revolve around this process, the author does a good job of incorporating the history into the book. I am interested to see what the next books in the series will be like. I will definitely be reading them since I found this a great start to what I assume to be a great series. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a charming story of love romance that is spiced with intrigue and a touch the loss of hope. My wife and I read it and can't wait for the Quarry mans wife. We love Tracie Peterson Great and gifted writer.