Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson *Review

"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?"- Goodreads

Merrill is such a strong character. She really spoke to me as I have a daughter with 5 brothers. To see a grown up version was super fun, not that my daughter would work nearly as hard as Merrill did!
She has felt it her call to be there for her brothers and Dad ever since her mother died when she was 10 years old, figuring she would never wed, but instead just be there for them. 

Rurik is a strong character as well and they seem to hit it off well in their friendship. Oh how I dislike Rurik's past ex-fiance Svea! She is trouble and that trouble just keeps following him around. She is pregnant and claims Rurik is the father but he isn't! The book is set in 1895, you know how well an unplanned pregnancy bodes back in that day. Well the people don't believe Rurik, except for Merrill of course. 

I loved the uniqueness of the setting in Northern Minnesota. The big horses going out and pulling blocks of ice was a beautiful word picture!

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