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

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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 goo ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2013)
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This morning when I was looking at choices for books that I needed to read and review in the new year I never expected to be so captivated to read and finish a good size story in one day. Tracie Peterson has been a favorite Christian Historical Fiction author of mine since I first became so enthralled with the genre, but even in the past it is not common for me to get well beyond three hundred pages in a single day. It probably took me four or five sittings (in between battery charges for my Kin ...more
Smooth and gentle writing flows for an easy read in this story of Minnesota natives of the last decade of the 19th Century. The custom of arranged marriages is changing to choosing one's partner, not without stress and opposition. Hard work and rural reality take much of the stage, and the characters are not saints. They have flaws and indecision and yet they also have a strong Faith.

How a boy from Kansas and a girl from Minnesota meet and what responsibilities and promises from their early liv
Carrie Pagels
Great listen by a wonderful author. Tracie Peterson really delivered on this book. A unique storyline. Merrill Krause is a feisty only daughter in a household of German-American men in Minnesota. Rurik is of Swedish descent and Peterson does a lovely job of interweaving that information. Nice character arcs as Merrill faces changes in her life that push her towards giving up her job of being the replacement mother in the household of big bossy men. Meanwhile Rurik, a real sweetheart, is trying t ...more
Merill Krause has been taking care of her father and brother for years. She has been content with the idea that she will be a spinster but when a handsome nephew of the local furniture maker comes to town they are instantly attracted to each other. Scandal soon comes to Minnesota and the man that holds her affection is the center of all the talk.

Rurik Jorgenson has come to Minnesota to assist his Uncle in his custom made furniture shop. He left behind the woman his father arranged for him to mar
Finished! And there was an excerpt from The Quarryman's Bride! I'll meditate on how good this was before I write my review.

Having now thought about the beauty of this book I shall try to do it justice.

What is Merrill to do when her imposing brothers chase off all her would be suitors? When Rurik comes to help out his ailing Uncle, put his life to straits and set up a woodcraft business he meets Merrill. Instead of fixing what he came to fix he promptly falls for Merrill, who's hardworking tomboy
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.
I really like this book! Very good, sadly another of Tracie's book was bad so I won't be trying anything else of hers unless someone recommends another good, clean one :) The story was interesting.And exciting :)
Cindy Barnett
Surprised how much I liked this novel, not my usual genre. Clean, Christian-based romance. TTS-enabled ©2012
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
March 2013
ISBN: 978-0764206191
Genre: Historical romance

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,
Once again Tracie's love for detail, history and romance comes shining through in The Icecutter's Daughter. My Mother tells of my grandfather cutting ice for their personal summer stock, and I loved to read more of how it had been done. (No gory stories of limbs caught under heavy blocks of ice in the small spaces of the ice house as was grandfather's experience). I rooted for Rorik of Kansas as he tried to do the right thing, and also as he faced accusations of his friends. I fell in love with ...more
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
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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 ch
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 th ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
When Merrill Krause isn't delivering foals or cutting ice for her father, she's busy dreaming of the day she might find a man who might be interested in her despite her less than feminine appearances. She made her dying mother a promise to care for her father and brothers. Now it seems unless one of her brothers marries first and offers to care for her father, Merrill will spend the remainder of her years caring for his needs along with those of the household. It's hard managing both responsibil ...more
Faith Farrell
Merrill Jean Krause is a Proverbs 31 woman, and so the best lessons learned from reading The Icecutter's Daughter will come from exploring her character.

Merrill is a model of sturdy femininity. She cares for her family's draft horses in the stable, helps with the icecutting in the cold and snow, and also keeps the home for her father and six brothers.
Merrill feared that she was not the sort of woman a man would want to marry, but she was wrong. Hers was true biblical womanhood, neither delighti

Merrill has been an active worker in her family's business. Being female hasn't stopped her, despite the fact that her friends disapprove. She was a very strong, independent woman who knew who she was and what she wanted in life. They don't think a lady should dress and work at men's work. The story takes place in the 1890's. The work is hard but Merrill works along her brothers and enjoys the beauty of Minnesota's winters. Merrill is the only female in the house full of men. She has kept
This book is the first book I've read by Tracie Peterson. I have to say I was sad when the book ended. I wanted it to keep going. This book has a little bit of everything: mystery, suspense, romance. Meet Rurik Jorgenson who has been invited by his Uncle Carl to help with the furniture business. He is ready for some fresh air and adventure. Only one thing is holding him back... his fiance. He dissolves the engagement so he can help his elderly uncle.

Weeks pass. Rurik goes to help a neighboring
THE ICECUTTER’S DAUGHTER by Tracie Peterson is a warm romance with characters you can’t help but like.

Merrill Krause has been outnumbered her entire life. Caring for her brothers and her father hasn’t left her with much time for self, but she doesn’t mind. She loves working alongside her brother’s, and caring for her father’s horses brings her joy. But, sometimes Merrill wonders what it would be like to have a suitor pursue her, that is, if they could get past her imposing brothers determined to
Book that proves there is nothing new under God's sun

Tracie Peterson writes of a time in the past, at first endearing and familiar and also filled with humanity and faith in trials. Rumors abound in this small town as a new young man has moved into the community to help his uncle with the furniture shop. Followed by his former betrothed, a scatter brained girl with more frills than sense, he comes under attack and accusations fly. There seems to be something else at work here, something nefariou
Lis K
This is the first in a series set in Minnesota. It's a solid story with affable leading characters. Merrill is a hardworking, strong woman who after living with her father and brothers for so long, doesn't feel very womanly. She does not think men could be attracted to her less-than-feminine ways. Enter Rurik from Kansas. He moved to Waseca to help with his uncle's furniture making business. This story was different from other Christan fiction I've read in that both characters were already stron ...more
This book started out pretty great and somewhere in the middle got a little repetitive and slow. I do think Tracie Peterson is a good writer. This is the first book I have read by her and I would read another.
I absolutely adored this book. It was so sweet and historically accurate, which is something that is so critical in a historical fiction novel.
There was so much to like about this story. The characters are engaging and realistic, very easy to like. The setting is unique and interesting. The writing is fresh and clear. And the romance is offset with just enough drama to keep it interesting. So why only four stars and not five? Two reasons.

First – I know it’s Christian fiction – but it’s pretty heavy-handed with the preachiness throughout. I’m a big fan of Christian fiction. I read more Christian than secular fiction because I like a fai
Taking place at the close of the 19th century, this book tells the story of the only daughter in a large, loving German American family in Minnesota. Merrill has cared for her father and four older brothers since her mother's death. As she approaches her 21st birthday, her father worries he has kept her from having a family of her own. Enter Rurik Jorgannsen, who arrives to help his ailing Uncle Carl with his furniture business. Rurik and Merrill meet and grow to love each other, overcoming adve ...more
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of THE ICECUTTER’S DAUGHTER by Tracie Peterson from Bethany House. It is the first book in the Land of Shining Waters series. As soon as I opened the package that arrived in the mail, I couldn’t wait to start reading. The cover is addictive! Two horses pull something heavy through the snow – I could almost feel the wind and biting snow flakes. A young woman looks on from the top of the cover, her eyes the color of frozen water. From her manner of dress and the fact we still use ...more
Title: The Icecutter's Daughter.

Author: Tracie Peterson.

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance.

Plot: Living with her widower father and four older brothers has it's perks and benefits - she gets to help raise the horses and run around in trousers without worry - but it also has it's draw backs, and one of those is that at nearly twenty-one, Merrill Krause is still unmarried. Her brothers keep the undesirable suitors away, but they also intimidate the potentially desirable ones to
The Icecutter's Daughter by author Traci Peterson is a book that grabs your attention right from the first paragraph and doesn't let go until hours after you have read the last page.

Merrill Krause is the only female in a house full of men. As her mother lay dying, Merrill promises to look after her father and brothers. So she dedicates her life to caring for them and helping with the family business. She becomes a bit of a tomboy, which is no surprise, since her mother isn't around to teach her
Victor Gentile
Tracie Peterson in her new book “The Icecutter’s Daughter” Book One in the Land Of Shining Water series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the lives of Merrill Krause and Rurik Jorgenson.

From the back cover: 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 hors
Tracie Peterson is my favorite Christian fiction author, and her latest historical novel, "The Icecutter's Daughter" does not disappoint. Set in Waseca, Minnesota in the winter of 1895-1896, the story focuses on Merrill Krause and Rurik Jorgenson. Merrill lives on a Belgian horse farm with her father and four brothers where they earn a living harvesting ice, logging, and freighting. Rurik moved to Minnesota from Kansas to assist his uncle with his furniture business.

Prior to moving, Rurik and hi
Kay Bsomething
I was excited to have the chance to read this book early! And as with her other books, this one lived up to my anticipation and I couldn’t but it down. To be released on March 1st, 2013 by Bethany House Publishers add a note to your calender.
The Icecutter’s Daughter, is set during winter in Minnesota {a place you will never find me in the middle of winter, brrrrr} at the end of the 1890s. Merrill Krause is part of a large Swedish family of Icecutters that make their living from the ice. Hence th
When I first requested this book for review, I have to admit that I picked it only because I was very curious as to what an “Icecutter” was. I have read many Tracie Peterson books in the past, but the last few of hers that I have read have not really been my favorites. They were fine – just nothing that made them stand out from the pack.

The Icecutter’s Daughter, however, seemed to hearken back to the ‘olden days’ of when I first started really reading Christian fiction. Back then I enjoyed her
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“Merrill Krause - "My brothers have scared off just about any fellow who showed interest in getting to know me."
Granny Lassiter - "Well, if a man can't stand up to those brothers of yours, you needn't even consider him. A man ought to be able to hold his own with his wife's family.”
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