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The Icecutter's Daughter

(Land of Shining Water #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  4,965 ratings  ·  367 reviews
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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Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

Ms. Peterson excelled with this novel. If you love the late 1800s, then this novel is for you. Life is not easy, but the good Lord never promised it to be.
Margaret Chind
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
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Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

Characters grew in their Godly faith and trusted that God would reveal the truth and honor them with their heart's desires. Filled with strong characters and some humor, that is necessary to entertain fully.

Really enjoyed it from what I recall, but I failed to pen my thoughts thoroughly at the time and will have to check it out again at another time.

Carrie Pagels
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Lydia Howe
I only read this book three weeks ago, and yet so much has happened since then that I forget some of my thoughts regarding the book. I do remember that I liked the family dynamics with the main characters. It's a lot of fun to me when there are a lot of siblings, and I also always wondered what it would be like if a girl had all brothers. (Cause, I have lots of sisters along with lots of brothers.)

There was romance in this book, and hint of scandals, but I thought that it was handled mostly wel
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
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great historical fiction yarn.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Icecutter's Daughter was a very good read! I'm actually surprised that I loved it so much, as I didn't expect to going in. This is definitely a book that lived up to its cover (which I LOVE!). I loved the characters, the little bit of mystery as to why Svea was doing what she was doing, and the ending. Parts of the book were sad and yet others were so sweet. All in all, I loved it and recommend the book.

*I received a complimentary eBook copy of this book via NetGalley for my honest review.
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! Tracie Peterson is an amazing author. I love her story plots and how at the end of the book everything is just perfect. I love all the characters in the book. I love how she describes their personalitlites it's like I know them. I fell in love with all of her books. I hope whoever reads this book enjoys it as much as I did.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. It kept me interested until the end. The last 3 chapters was like ok, end. After Rurik was cleared and let go, the story should have been over also.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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,
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 :)
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Surprised how much I liked this novel, not my usual genre. Clean, Christian-based romance. TTS-enabled ©2012
Sheila Holmes
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly delightful! I found myself torn. I was dashing through to find out what would happen next, distressed at knowing if I didn't slow down, it would end sooner. Such a good story!
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great Book! 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 cha
I really enjoyed this story! It's definitely very focused on the romance, but not in an overly romantic way, but really showing how the characters get to know each other. And the faith aspect of the book was really nice too! :)

The main female character isn't afraid to do hard work, to serve others, as she said, as Jesus would have her do. She is a woman who values hard work and wants very much to have a family of her own. I loved this about her! And the main male character is also a very hard wo
Penny Evenson
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Tracie Peterson for a long time. She continues to write awesome books! This one has a lot going on in it! Can't wait to read the next one in this series!
Merril Krause has grow up motherless amidst a family of father and brothers. It's 1895 in Minnesota, and Merril has lived her life thus far in pants and helping her father and brothers with their horses and icecutting business. Her mother's dying wish to her as a 10 year old was to take care of her father and brothers, so that's what she has done. But when Rurik Jorgenson moves to town to help his Uncle Carl with his furniture business, Merril begins to wonder if it's time to find her feminine s ...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
Lisa Johnson
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Icecutter’s Daughter (The Land of the Shining Waters)
Author: Tracie Peterson
Pages: 352
Year: 2013
Publisher: Bethany
Before you read the review, you will be pleased to know that a sequel in this series is already planned to be released in the summer of 2013 titled The Quarryman’s Bride. Tracie Peterson has written a novel that is filled with beautifully described scenery and multiple interactions between characters to keep a person engrossed. The moment I began to turn pages I was enrap
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First off let me just say that I LOVE Tracie's writing!!! It does not surprise me that she has written 90 novels and I hope I can find the time to read them all!!! :) They are all so unique and lovely in there own way; The Icecutter's Daughter is no exception. I loved this book!!! When I first read the description I really wanted to read it, but not just because it was a Tracie Peterson novel that sounded really good. I wanted to learn and read about Ice cutters!!! :D But what I didn't know was ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful turn of the 20th century romance

This a clean Christian romance with Swedish and German customs and food intertwined. Great historical perspective. I love Tracie Peterson's novels.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Gayle Pace
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
Arlena Dean
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

"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
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I have read some books by Tracie but not a lot, so I really can't compare it to her other books. This is the story of Merrill, who is the Icecutter's Daughter, and Rurik. Rurik came Waseca, MN from Kansas to help his uncle run his furniture business. He was engaged to marry Svea through an arranged marriage by their fathers, but he only has brotherly feelings for her. She gets mad that he is leaving and breaks the engagement, much to Rurik's relief. Merrill is the onl ...more
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison

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Land of Shining Water (3 books)
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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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