Friday, October 17, 2014

"The Brickmaker's Bride" by Judith Miller

About this book:

  “In the Clay-Rich Hill of the Newly Founded State of West Virginia, Tow 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?”

Series: Book #1 in the “Refined by Love” series.

Spiritual Content- Genesis 11:3 at the beginning; Ewan has a strong Faith & witnesses as well; Church going; Scriptures are mentioned; Laura questions God’s plan; Many talks about Heaven, God, His plans & Him blessing us; Prayers.
*Note: “folks refer to Pittsburgh as h*ll with the lid taken off” and “some say that living in Pittsburgh is good practice for those who are on their way to that fiery furnace the Bible promises.” are both said once.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a “blarney” and a “shoddy”; Winston says he’s heard that Irish men are prone to drinking; Mentions of gambling & Mentions of drinking; Pipes are smoked.

Sexual Content- six semi-detailed kisses; Notices of lips & touches; *Spoilers* A baby is conceived (and later born) out of wedlock (the jerk told the woman that he doubts the baby is his and “that a girl that was as easily bedded as me had surely been sleeping with every man she ever met.” (which isn’t true); Laura can’t have children because she was thrown from a horse at age 13. *End of Spoilers* Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Laura Woodfield
-Ewan McKay
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                                           Set in 1868-1870
         {Chapters 1-12: 1868; Chap. 13-28: 1869; Chap. 29-End: 1870}                                                    
                                                                   346 pages

Pre Teens- 

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

While at first learning about the making of bricks was interesting, it was much slower in the beginning than at the end. It was pretty cute though.

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*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this review.

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