Audie Award Finalist, Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction, 2014
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 fiancée 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?
Tracie Peterson is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 80 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.
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 to shake off an unwanted engagement that was arranged by their Swedish parents when they were children. His best friend is a scallawag, which the reader will begin to suspect straight away, but Rurik wants to see the best in him. My favorite secondary character was Rurik's uncle, who is seriously ill. Lovely romance, cool (cold!) setting, unique storyline, great narration, beautiful author's voice, excellent craft, all make for a superb listen. This will be in my best of 2013 audiobooks and likely in best books I "read" in 2013.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed the Kindle version and the Audible version and will most likely read it again someday.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I love the way it brings in German and Swedish traditions. We are all a unique and diverse people.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Friendship lasting throughout childhood into adulthood is a rare thing, even more rare when flaws emerge, including lies and blackmail . . . but for those of us who have ever loved a person weaker than ourselves, this tale of the friendship between Rurik and Nils is both eye opening and redemptive . . . loving a person, while accepting their character flaws is a huge task and one not many of us are up to . . . this story takes place in 1896 when Rurik leaves Kansas to travel to Minnesota to help his ailing uncle in his furniture business . . . his betrothed, Svea, Nils' sister angrily breaks off their engagement . . . to Rurik's relief . . . as both their father's had made the match for them, and neither of them had more than brotherly/sisterly love for the other . . . as Rurik settles into his new routine, helping his uncle, Carl in his business, he becomes more and more aware of how frail his uncle really is, and he makes it his task to take on as much of the work as possible . . . he also meets Merrill Krause the only daughter and youngest child of neighbor, Bogart Krause . . . who has dutifully cared for her father and older brothers for the past 14 years . . . since her mother died, when she was 10 . . . Merrill is a farm girl, birthing horses, cooking, helping with the ice cutting and farm chores . . . a tough, big boned girl, unafraid of work . . . and well protected by all those brothers . . . her family, proudly of German decent, have passed down their recipes and traditions for generations . . . strong in their faith, relying on God to guide their path . . . much like Rurik and his uncle Carl, who are also faithful Christians, of Swedish roots . . . when faced with ill health, the diminishing ice business, or character assassinations, both families turn to God . . . and stand on the truth . . . without bitterness . . . which is always the hard part . . . life over a 100 years ago was much more difficult than we have it today, yet I find that the easier people have it, the more complaining they sometimes do . . . but even then, people tried to take the easy way out, choosing to hurt the ones that loved them most . . . as King Solomon said, there's nothing new under the sun . . . I am thankful for writers like Tracie Peterson who continue to write books like this one, that are both historical and faith-based . . . great story, great resolution . . .
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Icecutter's Daughter in three words, what would they be?
loyal, compassionate, humble
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Icecutter's Daughter?
loved the whole book wish there was more
What does Stina Nielsen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Wasn't really a big fan, but I understand her needing someone to speak german
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
loved it all
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great story plot i will be readi ignore of Tracies books clean but very interesting
I loved this story. In between chapters, I found myself hanging on the edge of my seat, anxious for the story to start back up again. There is a message of grace to be learned from this story as well. The characters are real Christians, who actually walk out faith and Love the way Jesus did. Definitely a story that leaves you with warm fuzzies, and at certain points in the book, I found myself saying “Awwww!” out loud as I smiled at unexpected romantic words spoken in the story. The author did a fine job with this book. And the narrator was exceptional. I will gladly read the many other books this author has written, and hope this narrator will be showing up again in many of her other books as well. A really nice story. I would listen to this again, without hesitation.
Predictable and sweet
Way too sweet
Characters are not memorable except for the main female
A captivating and beautiful story. I couldn't stop listening to it. The narration was just perfect.
Wow! Not a dull moment in this book. From romantic to hilarious and from suspenseful to joyous. Tracie Peterson will always remain my favorite author and this is most defiantly one of the best I've read ! :)