REVIEW: The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller

Ewan McKay, a young man with ambition and a great work ethic, travels to West Virginia with his uncle to take over and run a brickyard.  Laura Woodfield, daughter of the prior brickyard owner, works with Ewan to familiarize him with the area and the contacts needed to earn brick contracts.  A daughter of privilege, Laura is down-to-earth and seems completely at ease in a variety of social circles.  I suspect this is true of many post-Civil War Americans.  War changed things.  Ewan has immigrated from Scotland/Ireland and needs to work to find his place.  There were some twists and turns in the book with Ewan’s crazy, gambling Uncle Hugh and his super-demanding, hard-to-please Aunt Margaret.  There are several other female characters who probably deserve books of their own. Although I thought it had a slow starts, by page 70, I was hooked.

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me an advance copy for a review in my own words.


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