In “The Icecutter’s Daughter” by Tracie Peterson we meet Merrill Krause. Merrill lives with her father and brothers in Minnesota. Before her mother died, Merrill promised to look after the men of the family. She has the responsibility of taking care of the household and she also works alongside them to harvest the ice in the winter. Merrill does not have time for most things others girls her age enjoy, but she does wonder if she will ever fall in love. Rurik Jorgenson comes to Minnesota to help his uncle in his furniture shop. His uncle’s health is failing and he wants Rurik to take over the business. When Rurik left Kansas his fiancé ended their engagement. Rurik did not believe she was the one God intended for him and believes that the time apart will be good for them. When he meets Merrill he immediately falls for her. Merrill begins to have feelings for Rurik as well but then she is led to believe that he is engaged to another. When Rurik’s best friend and former fiancé arrive in town it makes matters worse. They try to pressure him to marry even though he knows he loves Merrill. Will Merrill and Rurik be able to trust that everything will turn out the way God has planned?
This book is the first in the Land of Shining Water trilogy and what a wonderful story it is. Ms. Peterson has hit another homerun with this book. She makes you feel like you are there in the bitter Minnesota cold along with Merrill and Rurik. You will smile as Merrill and Rurik discover a new and wonderful love. This book is a sweet story of how good things come to those who wait and who also trust in God. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.