By Tracie Peterson
Bethany House, $14.99, 344 pages
“…I feel that marriage is a divine assignment.”
In Minnesota, the last day of 1895, Merrill Krause thinks that her destiny is caring for her father and for her four older brothers, since it was the last request of her late mother. She wants to, but thinks she will never marry. She has too many responsibilities. She is busy all the time: baking, cooking, working on a farm, and foaling horses. Also, she doesn’t have much time, desire, and opportunity to show her feminine side. She’s always been a tomboy and usually wears male trousers. Rurik Jorgenson even thought Merrill was one of the brothers when he first met her helping the Krause family in ice harvesting. However, her beauty strikes him right away when she puts down her protective clothes. He can’t keep his eyes off of her. Their attraction is mutual, but Merrill hides her feelings because she thinks that Rurik is engaged. The situation becomes more complicated when his former fiancé and her brother, Rurik’s childhood friends, arrive in town with very serious accusations that even cause Rurik’s arrest. To find out how this situation is resolved, read The Icecutter’s Daughter, beautifully written by Tracie Peterson.
Reviewed by Galina Roizman