The Brickmaker's Bride (Book Review)
Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia
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 business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.
But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura’s heart.
The Brickmaker's Bride was a truly beautiful book. The story was so deep.... featuring so many different relationships. It really showed how a relationship you would have with one person could effect how you would relate to others. The book was just so full of characters and relationship dynamics. The relationship Laura had with her father growing up and helping at the brickyard office, and how it effected Laura through life. The relationship Laura and her mother had (both while her father was off to war, and also after he was killed), and how they both were trying to do what would bring the other happiness. The relationship Laura and Winston were trying to build (benefiting them each but not truly right). The relationship between Ewan and his sisters of love and support. The relationship Aunt Margaret seemed to foster with everyone around her, through threats, and guilt, and just plain meanness. The relationship... or non-relationship... each and every characters had with God. And of course, the relationship forged between Ewan and Laura... one of friendship and a growing attraction, respect, and love. I could keep listing relationships... but they all mainly went to show that how you treated others directly defined who you were as a person.
I also loved the dedication that Laura and her mother gave to her father's brickyard, his legacy to his family. Even though they had to sell... they still both wanted nothing more than to see the business continue to be a success and bring jobs and prosperity to all of the community. They were truly just good women.
The overall moral of the story of paying forward kindnesses, or treating others as you would wish to be treated, was wound throughout the story. It really gave a great look at people behaving as good Christians, and also those not acting with the best values (some finding a better path... and some not quite making it there).
About the author:
Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.