If it’s true that the reason people read novels is to worry, then The Icecutter’s Daughter fulfills its mission well. This story made me anxious! Actually, it was Svea, Rurik’s ex-fiance’, who made me anxious. Beware of petite and pretty, prissy things who desperately want their own way!
The story isn’t about Svea, though. Merrill Krause is The Icecutter’s Daughter for whom the book is named. Merrill is the youngest child of seven, and the only daughter. When her mother dies, Merrill dedicates her life to caring for all the men in her household. She cooks, she cleans, she helps with the ice harvest, she cares for the horses and delivers their babies. And in her spare time (?), she paints. (I’m still trying to figure out how she had enough spare time to bake and deliver treats to neighbors in town. Merrill puts the legendary Proverbs 31 Woman to shame!)
But Merrill is approaching age 21, and her father and adopted grandmother have begun to despair that she will ever marry and start a family of her own—especially with a bunch of older brothers effectively chasing all would be suitors away.
I enjoyed reading Merrill’s story and loved how everything worked out in the end—even for Svea. Readers who like Christian fiction in historical settings will enjoy this book, too. I received a complimentary copy of The Icecutter's Daughter from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this honest review.