"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 Jorgenson 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 fiancé shows up with wild claims that bring serious consequences to Rurik. Can Rurik and Merrill learn to trust God--and each other--when scandal threatens their newfound love?" (Publisher's description)
I always enjoy reading Tracie Peterson's novels and with The Icecutter's Daughter, she most definitely does not disappoint. I loved the character of Merrill. Not being much of a girlie girl myself, I can totally relate to Merrill. Her strength and determination to care for her brothers and father is wonderful. I felt bad for her when Corabeth and her grandmother kept trying to make her more girlish so she would attract a guy better. I wanted to reach into the pages and strangle Svea and her manipulative ways, but was pleased at how she turned out in the end. I loved also reading about the process of ice cutting and the dangers it entails. Cannot wait for the next book in the series!!
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