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.