The Brickmaker's Bride (Refined by Love #1)
by Judith Miller
Bethany House Publishers, 2014. 346 pages. Romance.
After her father is killed in the Civil War, Laura Woodfield and her mother are forced to sell their profitable brick making business to a pair of Irish immigrants seeking their fortunes in the New World. Ewan McKay came over to be the manager of his uncle's new purchase, with a view to becoming a partner in the business as soon as things start to look up. But will Ewan's rascally uncle keep his promises?
Miller has created an interesting premise that is full of unexpected turns and faith-promoting experiences for her characters. There is also a lot of detail on how bricks were made in the Civil War era, which was interesting. Most importantly, her characters were well drawn and empathetic. Ewan's aunt and uncle may have been a touch over the top, but they were good foils for the goodness of everyone around them. Overall, this was a great read for a Sunday afternoon.