|The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson|
I listened to all three books in The Land of Shining Water series as audible.com downloads. This trio of stories is set in Minnesota. I loved EVERY ONE of these stories. The narrator was amazing. Craft was awesome. The story lines, characterization, tension, historical detail and research were all impeccable. In fact they almost made me want to either a) give up writing altogether because Tracie is so good or b) try to improve to be as good as her! We'll see how God directs that path!
Ratings: FIVE STARS ***** for ALL!!! Same for Narration.
All THREE books are from Bethany House Publishers and were published this year. This series will go on my Best of 2013 as ONE entry, though, as they were so good! I can totally understand why they released them all so close together--once you've read one you CAN'T WAIT to read the next! They are all stand alone reads and can be read individually. But all are in a similar time frame.
The Quarryman's Bride "may" have been my favorite of the three. I really loved the heroine (she's the type I like to write about myself.) This gal had a really "tough row to hoe" to put it mildly.
The Icecutter's Daughter was really neat because I LOVED the details about how ice cutters worked up north. I've known how they transported the ice down and kept it in sawdust for "ice boxes" but I never heard about how they did it. Such dangerous work!
The Miner's Lady is my most recent read. Tracie did a great job of pitting two Alphas against each other and having them fall in love. The heroine as well as the hero were such super strong personalities that they had to have a strong partner or the relationship never would have worked. This story is somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet type book.
Tracie had characters from different nationalities in every book, which was so neat. Having grown up in the far north in Michigan's upper peninsula (which has many commonalities with Minnesota) I also knew many people who were only first or second generation removed from "the Old Country."
Giveaway: An Audible.com gift download of ANY of the winner's choice--any one of Tracie's books in this series or any other Tracie Peterson audiobook available through audible.com.
Answer this question--What is your favorite of Tracie's 99 books?