Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review: The Brickmaker's Bride, by Judith Miller

About The Brickmaker’s Bride:
Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it’s Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man -- a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he’ll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura’s heart.

My thoughts:
This story takes place just after the Civil War, when many families have lost men in the war or men have returned and are in need of jobs. Unfortunately, Laura’s father does not return from the war, but he leaves a brickmaking business behind to support Laura and her mother. Since women rarely ran businesses of their own then, they sell the operation to Hugh Crothers, an abrasive man with a gambling problem and an intolerable, social-ladder-climbing wife. Fortunately, his level-headed nephew Ewan is there to keep things under control ... when Uncle Hugh and Aunt Laura don’t jeopardize everything. Laura is a strong and smart character who knows a lot about her father’s business and is eager to help Ewan make it a success. This shapes up into a love triangle as Laura and Ewan fight their growing attraction to each other while Laura is practically engaged to man of her mother’s choosing, who has political aspirations. Will Laura and Ewan be able to be together and save the brickmaking business? Surely, love will find a way… Author Judith Miller obviously did her research as she writes about the challenges of running a brickmaking business, as well as the rebuilding of lives after the Civil War. I learned a lot while also getting to know these fascinating characters. If you're a fan of realistic historical fiction, you'll love The Brickmaker's Bride.

Author Judith Miller is celebrating the release of The Brickmaker's Bride with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a "Refined by Love" Facebook author event on November 4th.

 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 4th. Winner will be announced at the Refined by Love Facebook Author Event. Connect with Judith for a fascinating evening centered around her new Civil War-era series. She'll be hosting a book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in the Refined by Love series, and much more!

So grab your copy of The Brickmaker's Bride and join Judith and friends on the evening of November 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)


Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse to facilitate my candid review.

1 comment:

  1. I am so very sorry that I was not introduced to Judith Miller's "realistic historical" books before now. What I must have missed! My goodness, but I have to catch up. I'm glad this is a new series so I won't have missed anything in it. Thanks so much for this post and the introduction to Judith Miller's fine writing. jdh2690@gmail.com


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