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

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

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 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764206191
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: Land of Shining Water Series , #1
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 569,098
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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

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The Icecutter's Daughter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Icecutters Daughter is everything you could want in a romance. The chacters were well developed as was the story. This story is simply wonderful. It tells the story well without dragging it on and without rushing the ending. If you enjoy a good, sweet story then you'll enjoy this story. The author was confident in her writing skills and didn't include any sex scenes to distract from poor writing. Absolutely wonderful!!!! esk 08/2016
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!
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great clean book. Well written with great characters you cant help but fall in love with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captures you completely and you don't want to stop reading!
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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful story of love...of God and others!
Mary17 More than 1 year ago
Very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in Canada and my neighbor is an ice fisher. I will have to use some of these pointers on his daughters.
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I enjoyed reading about people ple strong in their faith in God through very trying experiences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faith and forgiveness
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good book. Good storyline &, praise God, no foul language! I would recommend this book to anyone - & I normally don't like historical novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book. Kept me wanting to read until it was finished. Holds your attention
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is romantic heartwarming and family love all in it. It is a great book and if you like romantic i recamend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book is well written and far from erotica I find the story line an old one. The manipulative woman who does everything she can to get a man. I'm sorry but this is boring. I also don't like the constant reference to church nor the "this is the right and only way to do things "theme. I never finished the book. Sad. It could have been a good book.
jr347 More than 1 year ago
Good story with good characters . This is a possible history lesson on ice farming. Good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her writing,great storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended I passed over this book several times as I browsed through the free ones. I’m not sure why but maybe because I was not intrigued by the title. Anyway, that was a mistake on my part. I finally did get it and on my, what a great book it was. There are over 300 pages and not one is boring. When it came to the friend deceiving his fried I wanted to shout out and tell the good guy to wake up. The story gives a glimpse of the difficulties people faced in the 1800's. Others have written more eloquently about the story than I can possibly ever do so I'm posting now. It is a story worth making into a movie.
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