Monday, October 13, 2014
Book Review - The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
I enjoyed my latest book from Bethany House, The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller. This story is set shortly after the Civil War in West Virginia, where a young woman and her widowed mother are selling the family brickmaking business to an Irishman and his nephew, Ewan. Ewan is a devoutly Christian young man with high morals, though his uncle has many vices that could cost both Ewan and his whole family dearly. Ewan quietly displays his faith throughout the book and is just a very likeable character. Laura, the former brick owner's daughter, is a feisty and determined young woman. She is courting a lawyer to please her mother, but as she works with Ewan, she finds herself more drawn to the young Irishman.
This book is full of historical details. The author deftly describes the brickmaking process through the enthusiastic eyes of Ewan and Laura. The manners and customs of the times are also prominent throughout the book, so it was obvious that the author did her research. I always appreciate historical detail! The story was engaging, and I particularly enjoyed some of the minor characters, especially the children. The ending was satisfying though not surprising. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I will say that I am not fond of the title, though. This book is the first in a series, and I am curious to see what book two will entail.
I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.