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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Refined by Love
When Rose McKay convinces her brother, Ewan, to invest in a pottery business, she's determined to assist him in making the venture a success. Having just graduated from the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, she believes she can design pieces that will sell well. In her efforts to help the pottery flourish, Rose reconnects with Joshua Harkness, who oversees his own family's pottery works in a nearby town.
Rylan Campbell has never liked change, but the new owners of the pottery seem to be the decent sort. He just wishes Rose wouldn't insist on cleaning and moving everything. But when McKay Pottery starts losing business to the Harkness company, Rylan realizes Joshua might be taking advantage of Rose.
Then Franklin Hotels announces a design contest. Winning the Franklin contract would be exactly the boost McKay Pottery needs, so Rose and Rylan work closely together to create something magnificent. With Joshua's company as their main competition, can Rylan convince Rose her trust in Joshua may be misplaced?
Merry2 Stars Out Of 5The Potter's LadyJuly 27, 2017MerryQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A bit dull--not exactly a page-turner!
JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Faith in ActionNovember 15, 2015JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Judith Millers The Potters Lady has solidified this author as a new favorite for Christian historical and womens fiction. The package is wrapped in a beautifully-designed cover and the inside is substance surpassing expectations. It is a sweeping story of a Christian woman making a life as an artisan and businesswoman within the spectacular beauty of 1870s West Virginia.
Rose and her brother Ewan McKay, against his better judgement, invested moneys from his wifes family into buying a pottery. Ewan was expert in brickworks, having worked in their familys company for years, but a brickmaking company would cause a rift within their family. Mrs. Woodfield, Ewans mother-in-law, had confidence that Roses design talent and skills learned at a womens design school would bring success to the family. She accompanied Rose to a pottery overseen by the son of an old family friend, Joshua, and they come back with many ideas. Joshua began to call on Rose, but she was up front about not having time to put into a relationship.
Rylan Campbell, a strong Christian, had worked for the pottery the McKays purchased since he was 12. He was a treasury of information, but didnt like change. He was thankful to still be employed, but found it challenging for a woman to make changes to the working conditions and product line.
Something was wrong at the McKays pottery. Rylan and Ewan worked hard writing the very best bids for companies that the pottery had served for years. They were underbid by the pottery Joshua managed. As they sought the Lord for a way to keep their employees working and the pottery open, Roses design school contacted her with information on a contest that, if they won, could put them back into position to succeed. The contest winner would have the contract to replace all dishware for all hotels in a huge chain. Rose worked single-mindedly towards it while in the background, evil lurked that could cost them everything.
The plot had depth and kept me on my toes. I was very much into the story the relationships, mystery, and changes that each character went through as it progressed. There were plot twists that stunned me, while others were a joy. There was rich detail, action, and conversation for this reader to feel part of the novel. It is the kind of story that one could be immersed in so completely that one could forget what century and state he or she is in! Overall, it was finely executed without loose ends, with an ending so satisfying that I would gladly read more of this authors writings.
The faith exercised by the characters endured trials and strengthening, and spiritual lessons were wonderful examples. The primary characters demonstrate faith that endures through trials. I liked Rose best; her traits of a strong work ethic and sense of family were exemplary, as were Ewans and Rylans. Laura and her mother are beautiful examples of Christian women who encouraged and stood behind their loved ones. I highly recommend The Potters Lady to those who appreciate finely-written Christian womens historical novels, as well as those who enjoyed the first book in this Refined by Love series, The Brickmakers Bride or any of Judith Millers other writings.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads contest. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Patti JoGeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Historical NovelOctober 12, 2015Patti JoGeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Author Judith Miller has done an excellent job with her second book in the Refined By Love series. THE POTTER'S LADY is set in 1870s West Virginia, and follows Rose McKay as she strives to help her brother make a successful pottery business. This well-researched story has characters who come alive, unexpected twists and turns, and romance - - a winning combination! I highly recommend THE POTTER'S LADY and look forward to reading more Judith Miller books. FIVE STARS!
JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5HIstorical romance with backstabbing and mysterySeptember 29, 2015JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Potters Lady is the second book in the Refined by Love series. I have read Brickmakers Bride, which is the first book in the series and really enjoyed both. You dont have to read the first book in order to understand this one. The Potters Lady follows Rose McKay. Learning at school has been fun, but Rose is ready to come home. She has missed her brother Ewan, his wife Laura, and her sisters and cant wait to get home. She can tell that something is bothering her brother, but doesnt get the details right away. When he tells her they are going to be buying a new business she is excited. Rose hopes that she can talk him into buying a pottery instead of a brick yard, which is what he is used to. After visiting the pottery, Rose knows she can make beautiful and unique vases and help her brother make a profit.
When Rose meets Rylan, she finds out that everyone is not open to change. The men in the pottery dont like when someone new comes in and changes things, even if they are for the better. Rose can only hope that one day, they will realize everything she is doing is for their good. When their pottery keeps being outbid on contracts, Rose feels like she might have bitten off more that she can chew. When a huge hotel chain announces a contest, Rose and Rylan see it as a chance to save the pottery. Can they work together to create a winning entry? Will they be able to put aside their differences for the greater good? Will they accept the greater plan God has for their lives?
The Potters Lady is full of twists and turns. At times I was nervous wondering what was going to happen next. Miller kept my interest through out the whole story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance with a little back stabbing and mystery thrown in. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Karah4 Stars Out Of 5Not what I expected.... it's better!!!September 28, 2015KarahQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was the first book I've read by Judith Miller. When I received a free copy from the publisher, I put it aside. I was hesitant to pick it up for a few reasons: I'm not a fan of historical books, I only read Christian themed books, and I can't stand mushy, unrealistic romance novels. I walked by the coffee table looking at this book for a couple of weeks. It was only after a long day of tube feeding newborn baby goats that I needed to step away from my own reality for a while so I finally picked it up. The beginning took a while to get me interested. I was still in this mindset that I wasn't going to like it, but I kept reading. I'm really glad I did! I have to admit that I made a massive mistake by judging this book based on my own expectations. The history of the setting didn't bore me, it ended up being Christian based after all, and most importantly, there was no passionate sex scenes or romance to disgust me. I have stereotyped and prejudged this book long before I picked it up and I was wrong. This was a really good book that I didn't want to end. Judith Miller puts a new definition on a love story.
I can tell you that this book doesn't require reading the first in the series to make it understandable. I can tell you that it's full of common everyday themes like greed and what people will do out of jealousy and spite. It made for a wonderful story that made you wonder what happened after the book ended. The characters were believable and the story was well written. It's one of those books you want to curl up on the couch with a warm blanket and a hot cup of tea. I will definitely be reading more of Judith Miller in the future. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.
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