Today I am privileged to review TWO books -- one historical romance and one contemporary. First up, The Icecutter's Daughter, by Tracie Peterson!
Icecutter's Daughter is no different. Merrill is the devoted daughter of the ice cutter. Just their unique business alone lends itself to historical credence and definitely makes a fascinating read. Merrill is thwarted in her own future, the only female in a house of men who need a woman's touch in the place of a mother who'd passed away. Rurik is a hero who is not regretful to be free of a simpering fiance from an arranged betrothal. Fascinated by Merrill, intrigued by life in the wintery regions of the North, it seems like God has smiled on both and provided them with a rather predictable future. Until Rurik's fiance appears, with child, claiming it is his and insistent he take responsibility. Scandal ensues and ... well... I'm giving this book away to one lucky reader and the rest of you will have to buy it to find out! :)
Lisa Wingate is a new author to me. Obviously, Anne and I err heavily on the historical side but it's always nice to brush up on other genres. Firefly Island was a long deviation from my normal reading path. It's written in first person too, so that was a difficult one for me. No reflection on the writing or the story--which were rich, deep, thought provoking and good--I'm just not a good reader of first person. Lisa is a fabulous writer! I was pleased with the flow of the story, the richness of the intrigue ... it sort of reminded me of one of those creepy but literary-style movies where a family moves to a sheltered little town with an underlying and ghostly story that must be uncovered.
Mallory has married, children entered her life and she uncovers scandal. Hidden, on Firefly Island, life's questions push her to the brink. Her background working on Capitol Hill is a sharp contrast to her new life with a husband, a step-son and a pregnancy. The characters of Firefly Island are layered, the story is riddled with the challenges of life, the intrigue of secrets and ghostly pasts ... it keeps you on the edge until the very last page.
SO! In honor of a two book report, we're holding a two book giveaway! Spread the word, leave a comment, enter to win!
And my question for you is...first person or third person? Which is your reading preference?
Winner will be announced Wednesday, May 22nd!