Monday, November 3, 2014

The Brickmaker's Bride (Refined by Love, #1) by Judith McCoy Miller


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.

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About The Author

Judith MillerJudith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

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Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a “Refined by Love” Facebook author event on November 4th.
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My Review:

This story is set in a reconstruction America, the Civil War has finally ended, and the country is trying to recover. Laura Woodfield’s father was a casualty of the war, and now her mother wants to sell their brickyard.
We have Irish immigrants who become interested in purchasing this business, and a young man Ewan McKay who desperately wants the business to succeed; he wants to bring his sisters to America.
The theme of the story is part romance, and part answering to God for sins. The money to purchase the plant is ill gotten, and Ewan’s Uncle is still following the wrong way of living. Things get so bad, that the new business appears to be going down the tubes. Will anything happen to help them save the company?
I loved looking at this part of our countries history, and could just picture going from home to home, by foot and horse. There are some very interesting characters in this story, and felt another book could be written about Kathleen, Uncle Hugh’s sister-in-law, and sister to Margaret.
The faith of most of these people touched me; they really lived their love of God. I enjoyed this story in many ways, and we need to remember our past, so it doesn’t repeat.

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

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