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

Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

9780764212550The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller
Refined by Love, #1
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Pages: 352 Trade Paperback & eBook
Date Published: October 2014
Publisher: Bethany House

Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia

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.

Before this week, I’m not sure if I had ever read a book solely written by Judith Miller. However, I believe I have read books that are co-written with Judith Miller and other authors such as Tracie Peterson. It was several years ago, but I truly enjoyed the Broadmoor Legacy series. The Brickmaker’s Bride is the first novel in the new Refined by Love series, and the sequel The Potter’s Lady is due to release in August of 2015.

When it comes to American war time history, my preference is the Revolutionary War, as I always find such negativism in people in the time immediately following the Civil War. Interestingly, this seems to be a popular time period to find new releases in Christian Historical Fiction right now, however this is the only one that I know of set in West Virginia. Actually, I’m not sure I’ve ever read any novel set in West Virginia (although I might have forgotten one!).

This is one of those books that I both liked and didn’t like. To be honest, I’m still kind of reeling with where to put my emotions behind it. The characters are extremely well written, as far as writing goes, the book is great. Although it is not very exciting as some books may be. Some characters are such horrible people and make me angry and uncomfortable, but isn’t that the truth of life and say something about the fact that the author is able to create such dimensional characters that come beyond the page? On the other hand however, I really like Ewan. He is the one that I read this book for. I could take or leave Laura, as I felt she wouldn’t stand up for herself and kept being wishy washy and swayed. But Ewan, he kept me turning the page.

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Judith 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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