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The brickmaker's bride
Miller, Judith, 1944-
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Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a diviion of Baker Publishing Group, 2014.
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346 pages ; 22 cm.
"In post-Civil War West Virginia, Ewan needs to overcome a bad business deal to save his West Virginia brickmaking operation-- and win the heart of the former owner's daughter"--
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In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it's Ewan's job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he'll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

Author Notes

Judith Miller was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1944. After graduating from high school, she moved to Kansas. Before becoming a full-time author, she was a public service administrator in the legal section of the Department of Administration for the State of Kansas. She writes Christian fiction and sometimes uses her full name Judith McCoy Miller. Her works include Threads of Love, the Postcards from Pullman series, and the Daughters of Amana series. She has also co-authored several series with Tracie Peterson including the Bells of Lowell, the Lights of Lowell and the Broadmoor Legacy.

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Booklist Review

Laura Woodfield is a strong Christian woman who must sell her late father's acclaimed brickyard to Irish immigrants Hugh Crothers and his handsome nephew, Ewan McKay. Ewan is committed to his biblical values despite his uncle's underhanded dealings, but propriety cannot squelch Ewan's feelings for beautiful and kind Laura as she helps him restart the brickyard operations. Tensions rise when he questions her courtship with condescending lawyer Winston Hawkins. When Winston threatens to reveal the secret that Laura fears will leave her a spinster forever, she must decide between resigning herself to a marriage that is slow to bloom, or risking rejection for the chance at finding true love. Best-selling inspirational author Miller launches her new Refined by Love series with this story of honesty and faith set in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia in 1868 and written with an elegance that reflects the social graces of the time. Readers will enjoy intriguing themes of personal, professional, and spiritual integrity; prejudice; and caring for those in need.--Campos, Kate Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this thin romance set in post-Civil War West Virginia, Laura, the strong-willed, beautiful daughter of the deceased owner of Woodfield Brickworks, has a problem that will surely keep any man from marrying her-any man, that is, but self-absorbed lawyer Winston Hawkins. Before that Hawkins declares his love, about halfway through the story, Miller (Daughters of Amana series) provides well researched details of brick-making and Reconstruction-era society. Laura is caught in the clash between those who aspire to the new upper class with all its snootiness and the workers, often immigrant, who dig the clay, shape the bricks, and fire the kilns. God-fearing, prayerful Scotch-Irishman Ewan McKay wants the brickyard he has just bought with his unscrupulous Uncle Hugh to succeed as badly as Laura does so that he can bring his beloved sisters to America. Lauras attraction to Ewan is inappropriate, especially since he doesnt know Lauras secret. But as she assists him in setting Hughs shady financial dealings right so that the business can prosper, prayers are answered, greed is met with justice, and cruel circumstances are overcome. Agency: Books & Such Literary Management. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Miller ("Home to Amana" series) sets her new series in post-Civil War West Virginia. Laura Woodfield's father was killed in battle, and with no male heirs to manage his brickyard, it is sold. The new owner's nephew, Ewan, is given the responsibility of developing a profitable business. Ewan is determined to do this honestly even though his uncle has made his money through gambling and manipulation, all to placate his social-climbing wife. When his uncle's poor business decisions result in possible foreclosure of the brickyard, Ewan's dreams seem about to crumble. A solution proffered by Laura's mother may not only save the brickyard but also provide Ewan a chance to win Laura's heart. VERDICT A well-constructed plot and believable characters demonstrate why Miller (A Simple Change) is popular with fans of historical fiction and romance. The characters' faith is woven seamlessly into their actions and is organically integrated into the plot, making this title a must-read.-Margaret Bentley, Shiawassee Dist. Lib., Owosso, MI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.