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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 businessand be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441264756
ISBN-13: 9781441264756
Series: Refined by Love

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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 Bio

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
. Learn more at www.judithmccoymiller.com.

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  1. Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    God Gives Us the Desires of Our Heart
    April 22, 2015
    Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Brickmakers Bride by Judith Miller is an excellent story of post Civil War days in West Virginia. Judith Miller shares how difficult it was to run a brickmaking operation when most of the men had been killed in the war or no longer able to do manual labor. You will feel Ewan McKays desperation to make the operation a success and to bring his younger sisters from Ireland.

    Judith Miller has done an great job of making you feel the frustrations and pain as well as love and joy felt by the characters in this book. The story was easy to follow. I was given this book by Bethany House and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  2. WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    judith Miller at Her Best
    March 18, 2015
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    What's not to love........history, my state WV, a little romance.......judith Miller doesnt fail to impress me with her masterful way of telling a story and teaching our history at the same time. i throughly enjoyed this book and the characters. i recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction.
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not What I Was Hoping For
    March 5, 2015
    Nica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    I really wanted to like this book but sadly it was not my favorite. However, the historical content was interesting as was learning about the brickmaking business. The main character, Laura, and her mother sell their brickmaking business to Ewan and his uncle who have a tenuous relationship. They don't agree on how to run the business which creates conflict. Ewan wants to run the company in the best and wisest way possible so Laura agrees to help as she grew up in the business and is very knowledgeable. There are other characters in the book but they cause a lot of conflict and drama I found that annoyed me which is one of the reasons I did not like this book.

    I give this book 3 out of 5 stars as it was well written but not an enjoyable read as I would have liked.

    I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    God's timing is not always ours
    January 9, 2015
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is the first book in the Refined by love series. Although it does come to its own end, you can see where many more books could be written about the characters within this novel.

    Ewan McKay is a Scotts-Irish, who has come to America with his Aunt and Uncle in hopes of a better life and a way to be able to bring his three sisters over. He knows the brick making business, yet dealing with his unhappy and controlling aunt and his gambling uncle may be more than he can handle. When decisions are made that are out of his control will his dream of being a partner in the business be over, and will he ever get his sisters to America? Ewan was not prepared for the beautiful daughter of the previous owner, with all the help she has given him, can he keep his heart away, when she is being courted by another.

    Laura Woodfield loves the Brickyard and all the happy memories she has shared there with her father. She only wants to see it prosper under a new owner. What can she do to help make this transition go smoothly when the new owner and his wife have opinions of their own. Can she keep everyone happy? What about Ewan, He seems so genuine and she knows she has feelings for him, yet she is being courted by a man her mother says is a match for her, especially given her secret.

    You will find characters in this book you love and some you loathe, some you may come to like and some you never will. There is bitterness, selfishness, disappointment, love and Christian values throughout this novel.

    I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
  5. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Refined by Love Series, Book One
    December 26, 2014
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Friday, December 26, 2014

    The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller, 2014

    "... I do wish the buyers weren't Irish, but we've had no other offers."

    --Winston Hawkins, The Brickmaker's Bride, 11

    Now, Mr. Hawkins' speculation may make this reviewer a little doubtful of his expertise.... Hopefully, Miss Laura Woodfield will not hold this regard!

    Ewan McKay has traveled from Ireland with his uncle, Hugh Crothers, to America, hearing of opportunities for immigrants and the desire to do better for his sisters.

    Deceiving humans is not difficult, but deceiving God is impossible. Only He knows the true heart.

    --The Brickmaker's Bride, 194

    So sad to see a dissatisfied wife and a man who pries on the weaknesses of others, turning his own to dust. Ewan's aunt and uncle are not pleased with any assessment he might give them; neither in business nor in social life. He makes it clear to his aunt that she is not to meddle in affairs of the heart as far as he is concerned.

    As his uncle prowls around during the day, Ewan is busy securing the brickmaking occupations from previous workers and those newly arriving. Laura has come to help him get assimilated to the daily operations from the records of her father and assisting with the timekeeping. Mrs. Woodfield has introduced Ewan to previous contractors, and it is up to him to show the work C&M Brickyard is capable of producing for them and their new building projects.

    Always feeling he has the upper hand, Hugh doesn't bother to thoroughly read the contracts he signs. First his wife feels she has been demeaned to live in a hovel instead of the main house, and he leaves the brickyard in the lurch compromising the assets.

    A delight in the story is the arrival of Ewan's sweet sisters; oldest, Rose, and twins, Adaira and Ainslee. They are full of life and a lovely addition to the gloom Ewan must wade through with the antics of his "benefactors." I am eager for him to get out from under their control and influence.

    My favorite of all is Laura. She is demure and reflects power under control. Through trial and adversity strength is revealed. Trusting God, Laura and Ewan find unwavering faith brings them clear direction. I liked reading of Laura's volunteer classes at the orphanage. In the community, their right standing reveals the character of others around them. Mrs. Woodfield's training example is well followed. Truth and integrity play a big part in developing relationships from generations before them. It is uplifting to see and experience a return on investments of heart measures from long ago. As those who had been helped before offer a hand, expressions of hope and continuance blossom.

    I have read several of Judith Miller's novels, especially the Postcard from Pullman series, I really enjoyed. I like the history and research bringing their day to the forefront. We truly can learn from those before us and carry it on into the future.

    ***Thank you to Bethany House Book Reviewers for sending me a copy of Judith Miller's novel, The Brickmaker's Bride. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
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