Book Review: The Icecutter’s Daughter

I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Bethany House.

The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson was a different twist of historical romantic fiction from Christian Fiction for me to read. I’ve gotten used to the historical aspect of the wild west or turn of the century Victorian piece, but this novel was different. Maybe because it was set in Minnesota and it was cold. It kind of reminded of westward expansion and prairie like stories with sturdy, hardworking people and characters.

The novel also introduced me to new and different cultures like the Swedes and German people that settled in that area in the turn of the 20th century. The language, the dialect, the food played a huge part in depicting the culture that strengthen those people to survive the rugged life of entering a new settlement.

While the boy meets girl romance is not original, big brothers protective over a tomboy sister, who lost her mother learns to love and trust a man that enters her world (while she secretly yearns to belong and be married). The main character is a strong woman, who honors and supports her family, being a model of righteousness as she exercises patience for God’s chosen one for her life.

A love triangle exists. Deception. Lies.

It’s a sweet novel, nothing new in the realm of historical fiction or romance, but comfortable and a great read.