Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller

The story takes place shortly after the end of the Civil War in the newly formed state of West Virginia.  Laura Woodfield is the daughter of the deceased owner of the Woodfield Brickyard.  It has lane unused since her father went off to war and was killed.  Ewan McKay has immigrated from Ireland with his Uncle Hugh and Aunt Margaret in the hopes of finding a better life.  Ewan and Hugh are in the market to purchase a brick yard.  With Ewan’s knowledge of how to run a brick yard and Hugh having the money, they are hoping to make a success of the business.

Laura volunteers to help Ewan with the books and rounding up men to work in the brick yard as she assisted her father when he was alive. Ewan and Laura realize that more than friendship is developing.  But Laura is being courted by a lawyer with political ambitions.  Ewan wants to focus his time on working hard at the brickyard to make enough money to bring his three sisters to America from Ireland. 

There is tension in Ewan’s household.  Hugh is a gambler and know it all.  Margaret is a social climber who has to have her way or everyone will hear about it loudly and often.  All Ewan wants is to be made partner in the brickyard and bring his sisters to America.  He also would like to court Laura. When Hugh signs loan papers that put the business in jeopardy, all of Ewan’s hard work is put in on the line.

I will start by saying this is not my typical genre.  I am more of a mystery reader.  The book started out slow and then got better.  There was too much description on how a brick was made and how a brick yard is run.  The essence of the story was good.  Both of the main characters were likable.  The Christian aspect of the story was handled well, although there wasn’t a lot mentioned about God.  I am giving the book three stars as it was a good book but not one I couldn’t put down and it was a slow read in several places.

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

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