As the lone female in a houseful of men, Merrill Krause dedicates her life to caring for her family and their business, as her dying mother asked. Besides, it suits her; she's never felt like she fits what most people expect in a girl--she'd rather work with her father’s horses and assist with the ice harvest. And though she’s been mostly content up to this point, a part of her wonders if there will ever be anyone who will notice her amid the bevy of brothers determined to protect her from any possible suitors.
When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small Minnesota town to join his uncle's carpentry business, 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. The attraction between them begins to build...until Rurik's former fiance shows up with wild claims that bring serious consequences to Rurik.
Can Rurik and Merrill learn to trust God--and each other--when scandal threatens their newfound love?
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Web site at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com.
Merrill is the almost perfect daughter, and she is determined to honor her mother's dying wishes to take care of her father and brothers. She works alongside the men with strength and loyalty to the family, and she also cooks and cleans for the large family of men.
Deep in her heart, she wonders if anyone will ever notice her as more than one of the guys. She secretly longs for a family and a home of her own. As the years go by, she is somewhat disillusioned that a chance for her personal happiness will ever be attained.
Rurik arrives in town to help his ailing uncle with his carpenter business. He has a past that just won't let go, and trouble soon arrives in the small Minnesota town.
This story is a glimpse into the life of dedicated daughter/sister who puts her family's needs before her own wishes and dreams. I highly recommend this great new series, The Land of Shining Water. I look forward to book two, The Quarryman's Bride which is available in the summer of 2013.
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