Publication Date: September 2014
Series: Refined by Love, Book 1
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers
“There were other times, too, when God did not answer my prayers in the way I would have liked, but through my disappointment, I know He is divine and can see far beyond my limited ability.”
This book begins the story of Ewan McKay, a quiet Godly young man from Ireland, and Laura Woodfield, a well bred young woman raised in society, but grounded in practicality through work in her father’s West Virginia brickyard. The families of both young people contribute to a colorful cast of characters that keep the book lively.
With the economy still struggling during the post Civil War era of 1868, the Woodfields have been trying to sell the family brickyard after Mr. Woodfield’s death. Prospective buyers arrive from Ireland to look at the brickyard thanks to the work of Winston Hawkins, a local attorney and aspiring politician. The story unfolds as Hugh Crothers, Ewan’s uncle, proposes to buy the brickyard and build a promising business in the war ravaged economy. Hugh has promised Ewan a partnership in the business in return for getting the business up and running and making it profitable.
The story follows Ewan and Laura and their families and friends through the trials and tribulations of the brickyard and the surrounding community affected by the business. The historical detail regarding the process of brick making was very interesting. A delightful story that offers a good mix of historical fiction, drama, and romance while being grounded in Christian values!
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.