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Monday, November 3, 2014

Adventures in Reading: The Brickmaker's Bride

There have been many times in my life when I have had to wait and wait and wait on the Lord's timing. Can you relate? It's a hard lesson to learn and one that was a main theme in the latest book that I have read:

Post Civil War reconstruction is in full swing and bricks are in high demand. Laura has the expertise in the brick industry. She learned from her father, who was killed in the war. Though her father was dead, her pride in the company he built was not. Ewan isn't new to the craft of brick making, he learned the trade from his father, but he new to the business aspect of the trade. But Ewan is more than eager to put his whole self in to learning so that he can become a partner with his uncle in the business...a task that proves to be less than easy. His uncle is a gambler and a poor decision maker. Laura and Ewan work together to save the business, but success and happiness allude them despite their best efforts.

I really like a story when you can observe personal and spiritual growth in the characters, and Judith Miller did a wonderful job of fleshing out the characters and their growth through trials. While I enjoyed the characters, I did feel that the story started a bit slow. There was a lot of historical detail, as well as brick making detail, which gave a lot of background information but kind of slowed down the momentum of the story for me. That being said, I did enjoy the book and was satisfied with the ending and would recommend this book for a good weekend read.

Judith Miller The Brickmaker's Bride

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