In Judith Miller’s The Brickmaker’s Bride, Laura Woodfield and her mother must sell the foundry that her father worked so hard to build before he perished in the Civil War. Ewan, Scotch-Irish immigrant, must work in the brickyard to pay off debts to his uncle in hopes of purchasing passage for his three sisters to the States. But when Ewan’s uncle signs a questionable agreement with the bank and can’t keep away from the gaming tables, he puts everyone’s future in jeopardy. Will Ewan be able to keep the brickyard afloat? Or will his uncle’s manipulative ways undermine his efforts? And will Laura find true love in spite of the devastating secret she holds?
Having read a story that Judith Miller coauthored in the past, I had high hopes for The Brickmaker’s Bride. The story had potential. Most of the characters are appealing; the technical information about the brick-making process is enlightening, and the dialogue is authentic. However, the book seems long. The plot is uninteresting with few surprises, and it is rushed at the end. Laura lacks depth, and some of the characters are annoying. As a result, The Brickmaker’s Bride isn’t as good as it could have been. I give it two out of five stars.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.