Sunday, November 2, 2014

Book Review - 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.


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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There were good things I liked about this book and bad things I didn't like. It was really a mixed bag for me. When I first started it, I was quite taken with the storyline and was hard pressed to put the book down, but then, it started to drag and I had a hard time picking it up.  

I liked Laura - she's a strong woman who understands business and isn't afraid to voice her opinion. She's also kind and sweet, which was a great combination. I really loathed her lawyer boyfriend and there was another character I couldn't stand. I like there to be a protagonist in the book, but I don't want them to be so horrible that I just can't stand them. I felt this way about both of these characters.

I liked Ewan and his uncle from Scotland. They were very interesting characters and very likable. I enjoyed the historical information woven throughout the book as well as the faith of some of the characters.

However, what I didn't like was the slowness of the story and the predictable love triangle. There wasn't enough "what's going to happen next" for me to really stay interested in the book and I had to force myself to pick u the book and read it several times.

There is a lot of wonderful historical information in the book and Laura and Ewan are delightful characters. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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