Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she’s bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses–despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior.
When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, 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. As he thrives under the mentorship of his uncle, Rurik dreams of inheriting the business and claiming Merrill as his wife. But while he is determined to start a new life, the past is determined to follow him when his former fiancee and her brother show up in town. Soon Rurik is put in the center of a major scandal that may damage his relationship with Merrill. Can they learn to trust God–and each other–and embrace the promise of love?
Tracie Peterson has written us a wonderful love story with many twists and turns. The main character, Merrill, is a very strong woman who often does the work of a man to help her father and brothers and their business. I really liked reading this book and found the plot to be interesting, keeping my attention. The characters were well developed and likable ( and in some cases not likable). I look forward to reading additional books from this series by Tracie Peterson. While reading the book, I felt like I was a part of the community where Merrill lived. This is not a typical love story. There are others in the story scheming to keep Merrill from Rurik, bt their determination and unending love keep drawing them together. I highly recommend this book to you if you enjoy reading wholesome fiction. Be sure to add it to your summer reading list,
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.