Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Icecutter's Daughter



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?

My Review:

Peterson begins another promising series with The Icecutter's Daughter. As in all her books, I became completely absorbed in the story the second I started reading. This author knows how to write with such depth that her readers are immediately engaged emotionally and invested in the story's outcome.

I loved and hated characters in this book. Merrill is strong and loving, dedicated to her family and her friends; looking beyond herself in order support others. She still has a longing inside of her though -- for a life of her own and that includes a family.

That's the hero's cue to enter and Rurik makes an impact. Unfortunately  he brings with him a host of complications that gnarl up the romantic thread and twisted my insides out! Honestly, there's a secondary character that I completely and totally abhorred. I wanted to slap her silly and send her into another story -- preferably a fairy tale where the villain gets her just rewards.  I don't think I've ranted my way through a book with as much passion as I did The Icecutter's Daughter. :-)

A stunning historical romance filled with fascinating facts and a moving plot. Not to be missed.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Icecutter's Daughter, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 17 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"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".


  1. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  2. The Icecutter's Daughter sounds like a book I'd really enjoy reading. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


  3. Sounds like a great read-- I love Tracie's writings!

    Thanks for the review and chance to win.


  4. Good luck, Karen, Pam and Ladette.

  5. thanks for the chance to win.

    truckredford (at} gmail {dot] com

  6. Tracie is my daughter's favorite author. Throw my name in the hat, please! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

  7. I love Tracie's books! Started reading them when I was about 14 or 15. I am of course a little biased, she lives in my home state (the one I still live in).

    From your review it sounds like Tracie has done a wonderful job on this book and now I want to read it even more!

    Jasmine A.

  8. Not surprised to see so many Tracie fans. Good luck everyone!

  9. I love Tracie Peterson's books and have been looking forward to reading this one!


  10. I really enjoy Tracie's writing and I've been wanting to read this book! :) Thanks for the chance to win!



  11. Sounds like a good one again. Let me try and win it too ....

  12. I've been a fan of Tracie's writing for a while now, but haven't read any recently. Thanks for the chance to start a new series.


  13. Sounds like a wonderful read. I would like to be entered. tshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  14. I've been looking forward to reading this book. I love Minnesota, so am looking forward to the setting in addition to everything else. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. Kav, this sounds like it will be a great book. I would love to own it. Please enter my name in the drawing, and thanks for the chance to win it.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  16. I have relatives that live in small town Minnesota and would love to read this and then share the book with them.

  17. I haven't read one of your books in so long... hope to get a chance for this one!


  18. I love reading Tracie's books - this one sounds like a book I would love to read. I live in Iowa, but would love to read a story set in Minnesota. Please enter me in your drawing and thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Tracie's book!


  19. I love that this takes place in MN, my state! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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