Book Review: “The Brickmaker’s Bride” by Judith Miller

November 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Judith Miller in her new book “Brickmaker's Bride book coverThe Brickmaker’s Bride” Book One in the Refined by Love series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Ewan McKay.

From the back cover:   In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it’s Ewan’s job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he’ll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

Brickmaking is an honorable profession that is even mentioned in The Bible. If you intend to build a nice house you need brick just ask Pharaoh. 1868 West Virginia a time of great sadness in The South as they suffer through The Reconstruction Period. Laura Woodfield’s mother wants to sell their brickyard and Ewan’s Uncle Hugh buys it. Ewan’s family are Irish immigrants and Ewan wants to bring his sisters over here as well so he really wants to make the brickyard a success. To accomplish that he needs Laura. I liked this story a lot. Great time period, great characters, good and bad, and great tension and conflict in the plot. Laura and Ewan are two of the best characters that I have read about in a long time. You fall in love with these two and you so want them to break free and embrace all that God has in store for them you just do not know how they can do it. That’s the beauty of the story watching to see how His plan for them unfolds. Great characters, great plot with plenty of twists and turns equals a great read.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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