Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Litfuse Review: The Brickmaker's Bride by:Judith Miller

 The Brickmaker's Bride (Refined by Love, #1)
About the Book:
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.


About the Author:
Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. She is the author of the popular Daughters of Amana and Home to Amana series, which explore the closed communities of Iowa's Amana Colonies. Judy makes her home in Topeka,Kansas.

My Review:
 When her father died, Laura Woodfield, was beyond upset.  She had always enjoyed going with her father to the brick yard, even though it wasn't the best place for a young girl. Now with her fathers death among them, she and her mother must decide what to do with the brick yard. When Laura's present boyfriend convinces them to sell the brick yard, along come some Irish immigrants interested in buying it but not happy with the price.

 Ewan McKay, an Irish immigrant came to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle. Trying to take care of his sisters, he agrees to a business partnership with his uncle. The brickyard that they find to buy is the only one available in West Virginia, its set in a beautiful area. Not to mention how pretty Laura is, his uncle would be crazy not to buy it.

 Ewan's uncle finally purchases the brickyard. He puts Ewan in charge of getting it up and running, but Ewan sees that he is definitely going to need some help on this one. So he enlists the help of Laura, he soon realizes that his feelings for this beautiful girl keep growing---he finds it hard to concentrate on the business. Laura reveals a major secret to this Irish stranger, a secret that convinces him that he may just be able to win her heart.

 Judith Miller has a very unique way of bringing you into the story, so much so that you feel like one of the characters. Laura was my favorite character in the story! I felt bad for her because of the situation she found herself in.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.