Yeah, I’d never heard of it either.
Apparently, people used to pull horse-drawn buggies out onto frozen lakes and harvest ice blocks to sell. Interesting…
Not really the job for me- what with the high risk of sinking into a dark, frozen lake and freezing to death. No thanks.
Anyway, the land of ”Minnesotan” ice-cutting does make for a great novel setting
Merrill Krause: Daughter to a fiercely protective, hard-working father & deceased mother,
Sister to several brothers who feel duty-bound to protect her,
Lover of the arts and creativity, tied to the sludge of farm-life and ice-cutting.
Rurik Jorgensen: Son due to inherit a family business,
Formerly engaged to a young lady whose heart can’t let him go,
Best friend to the brother of the ex-fiancé,
Carpenter par excellence and devoted employee.
Merrill is fulfilling her promise to her dying mother- looking after her father and brothers. Cooking, cleaning, mending clothes, even helping with the ice harvest, while all the while longing for more.
Rurik comes to town.
His faithfulness to his sickly uncle, shown in his successful undertaking of the family business, his willingness to help out with the ice harvest, and his handsome exterior make him quite a catch.
Merrill catches him.
Or so she thinks. Along comes the ex-fiancé, carrying with her some wildly inappropriate claims about the man Merrill believed to be pure and honest. Who can she trust?
Having never heart of ice-cutting, I was intrigued The book delivered. A beautiful setting of old German and Swedish traditions colliding in a snowy wonderland, where the characters drink cocoa and wear woolen mittens….it’s a feel-good read.
I find that so many “Christian romance novels” are pushing the boundaries and attempting to smash in just enough sensual so that the novel can still be “Christian” (at least nominally,) while still appealing to the secular reader. However, the behavior of the characters in this book was completely above-board and even charming in many ways.
I enjoyed it. Read it for yourself and let me know what you think!
PS- This book was provided to me for free from the generous folks at Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for my review. Free book, my own honest opinions. Aren’t they great!?