Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review of The Brickmaker's Bride - Refined by Fire 1 - Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Author Party with Judith Miller!

About the book: 

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.

My review:  This was an interesting story that kept my attention as I learned a lot of history I hadn't known before!  I knew nothing about brickmaking and I liked learning about the process, especially as I learned more about Irish immigrants in the years after the Civil War, too.  I really liked Ewan and felt so sorry for him to be stuck with an aunt and uncle who seemed determined to make his life miserable.  I probably would have given up a long time ago if I had to deal with those relatives of his.  His perseverance and love for his sisters were very admirable; I also loved his strong faith and his scriptural view that all things will work together for good to those who love God, even though bad things still sometimes happen and we don't always get our prayers answered the way we like.  I liked Laura, but couldn't figure out why she put up with the man courting her as his attitude toward people was horrible.  As the story went on, I understood a little more, but I still wanted her to dump him!  There was a sweet romance in the story, though I wished for more to it.  I enjoyed this story and will be looking for the next in the series.  You'll probably like it if you like historical fiction!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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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.

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Don't miss Judith Miller's latest novel, The Brickmaker's Bride. CBA Retailers + Resources raves, ". . . a wonderful story about faith and love throughout life’s trials."

Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a "Refined by Love" Facebook author event on November 4th.
 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
Enter today by clicking the button below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 4th. Winner will be announced at the Refined by Love Facebook Author Event. Connect with Judith for a fascinating evening centered around her new Civil War-era series. She'll be hosting a book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in the Refined by Love series, and much more!

So grab your copy of The Brickmaker's Bride and join Judith and friends on the evening of November 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

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