“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, a part of her wonders if there will ever be anyone who will notice her amid the bevy of brothers determined to protect her from any possible suitors. When Rurik Jorgensen arrives in their small Minnesota town to join his uncle’s carpentry business, 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. The attraction between them begins to build… until Rurik’s former fiancée shows up with wild claims that bring serious consequences to Rurik.”
The Icecutter’s Daughter is the first novel in the Land of Shining Waters trilogy. As usual, Tracie Peterson does a remarkable job in capturing one’s attention and maintaining the mystery within the plot until the very end. The way Rurik handled himself, and his emotions, was a great reminder as to how a Christian should act in difficult, and/or false, situations. Even though his anger was visible he never once let it control his actions. I would never have been able to act the way he did with Svea, his former fiancée. She really tested him in every possible way that she could. Yet, in the end, all was resolved and the truth was revealed. This book contained a great reminder about faith in God. God promised us that He would never leave us, yet sometimes we may feel as though He has forgotten us. That we are invisible to Him in our time of need. Deuteronomy 31:6 says “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” God’s promises and word is one that we can always believe in for it is always true. If God promised something then it will happen. Yet, it is really easy to forget about those promises. When tough situations present themselves to us we try to fix them ourselves, not once thinking that maybe those situations are a test to our faith. Even though it may seem as though God isn’t hearing our pleas for help all the time, He is. He just has a different way of resolving problems then we do. This was a great novel that I am highly recommending to you all!