About The Book:
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.
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About the author:
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.
This is a perfect historical Christian novel. Judith Miller does not disappoint with this new series! I love well written historical fiction – even if it is a bit predictable – because it draws me in to another time and place. The Brckmaker’s Bride is very well-written. I loved that it focused more on the story and the characters rather than simply detailing dresses or houses. There’s a bit of that too, but the character development in this book is excellent.
Laura is a great main character. She’s spirited but loving and obedient to her mother. She’s thoughtful and does not allow her family’s wealth to taint her desire to serve others in a Christ-like way. Ewan is also a well-written character – he’s as good as Winston, the rich lawyer, is evil. There is of course, a cliffhanger. This is book one in a new series, after all. But it’s done in a way that doesn’t make this book unappealing. Enough of the story between this book’s main characters – Laura and Ewan – is wrapped up nicely that I didn’t feel cheated out of a happy ending.
If you’re looking for a new historical Christian novel, heck out The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller!