The Brickmaker’s Bride

October 21st, 2014. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

The Brickmaker’s Bride


By Judith Miller

Judith Miller pens a historical novel that is sure to tug at your heart-strings. The Brickmaker’s Bride is book one in Miller’s Refined by Love series.

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.


Ewan’s Uncle Hugh purchased a brick making operation and promised Ewan a piece of the business when he makes it profitable. It’s not an easy task, but Laura, the daughter of the former owner, offers to help him. Uncle Hugh is not helping matters at all since he’s into gambling and making bad business decisions. Not only that, but his Aunt Margaret likes to live pretty high on the hog.

Ewan finally convinces his uncle to bring over his sisters from Scotland, but when they arrive, his aunt and uncle turn them into servants who have to pay back their passage. What a dysfunctional family!

Meanwhile Ewan is falling in love with Laura, but doesn’t see a future with her. She’s being courted by a wealthy and socially prominent lawyer. Why would she want anything to do with a brick maker who’s on the verge of losing his shirt?

If you haven’t read any books by Judith Miller, you’re in for a treat. If you have, then you already know you’re going to love this one.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***


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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