“The Icecutter’s Daughter” by Tracie Peterson, book review.
Merrill has taken care of her father and brothers, as she promised her mother on her deathbed, 10 years ago. The new novel by Tracie Peterson is set in Minnesota, 1895 and I was immediately drawn into the family, as they work together to provide for themselves. The raise workhorses and cut ice. The two industries go together, as they use the horses to haul and transport the ice, which is stored and shipped. The Krause family is well-respected in their community, and Merrill has the reputation of being a hard worker and a great cook.
Rurik Jorgenson comes to town to help his ill uncle with his furniture business. The trip comes at a good and bad time in his life. His father arranged his marriage to Svea while they were both young, as a way to tie the families together and provide for both farms. But Rurik wants more for his life than this, he wants to love a woman with his whole heart, and that would not be Svea. When he tells her he wants to reevaluate their engagement while he is away, she becomes quite angry and calls it off on the spot.
As Merrill and Rurik meet and become friends they both explore new feelings. But their relationship is complicated when Nils and Svea show up quite unannounced. How will this complicate the budding romance between Merrill and Rurik? Read the book.
I enjoyed this story. It was easy to read, with enough drama to keep me interested but not so much that I was distracted or displeased. I appreciated how the author wove the love and forgiveness of God into the story, while not sounding fake. I took this book on vacation to Puerto Rico and enjoyed it on the plane and around the pool.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.