The Brickmaker's Bride

The Brickmaker's Bride

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"In post-Civil War West Virginia, Ewan needs to overcome a bad business deal to save his West Virginia brickmaking operation-- and win the heart of the former owner's daughter"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota :, Bethany House, a diviion of Baker Publishing Group,, 2014
ISBN: 9780764212550
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 22 cm


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Librarian_Deb Feb 14, 2018

There is tension in the hills of West Virginia--and it isn't just because of post Civil War resentment. No, the tension here is between Ewan Mckay--a young Irish immigrant and his Uncle Hugh who wants him to manage the brickworks he is buying. The two decide to purchase the brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, Laura. Ewan is keen to make the business successful so that he can care for his younger sisters, but his uncle's gambling is a constant worry. He finds an unexpected ally in Laura, however, who loved visiting the brickworks with her father and who is a skilled bookkeeper. She wants to see the brickworks become successful once again--and Ewan wants to get to know her better. As Ewan tries to win Laura's heart and make the brickworks successful he is deeply discouraged by all of the obstacles--including a rival suitor for Laura's hand--that block his path to success.
The well developed tension between the characters kept me from wanting to put this book down and I wondered how Ewan and Laura were going to manage to get together and also save the business. I also appreciated the details about brickmaking and and how the historical happenings of the time period and place were woven into the story. Laura shined as a strong female character and the Irish background of Ewan's family was captured well. Their Irish brogue and customs added quite a bit of liveliness to the story, as did the impish nature of Ewan's sisters. This all made for a very memorable read and I will definitely be interested to read more of the series.


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Nov 14, 2014

In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it's Ewan's job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he'll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?
After Laura's father dies, she and her mother need to sell his business. Their lawyer, who also happens to be courting Laura, facilitates the sale of the brickworks to new immigrants from Ireland. Ewan McKay and his uncle have come to America for a better life for themselves and their relatives. At first only Ewan and his Uncle Hugh, and Hugh's wife and sister in law arrive but soon they bring over Ewan's three younger sisters and a slew of others to work in the brickworks and to start a new life away from the famine and fighting in their homeland.

Laura and her mother very much want to see the brickwork business continue to succeed and help get Ewan and Hugh up and going with the business which does not go over well with Winston, the lawyer currently courting her. He has political aspirations and will do anything to attain them. Eventually, of course, the time comes when Laura has to choose between the man her mother has chosen for her and the man her heart wants. It's a lot more complicated than that, however, as she says of her and Winston: "the thing that draws us together would be the very thing that would end a courtship for most couples." Whatever that may be, will it stand in the way of love?

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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