Synopsis: “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.”
I know I said this before, but I love Bethany House books. And while I did receive this one from the publisher, it does not influence my review in any way. The Brickmaker’s Bride is one of many of their books that I like. While it’s not my favorite book, it still holds up the standard of what I expect from them.
The Brickmaker’s Bride introduces us to the handsome Ewan McKay, an Irishman, along with his poor decision making Uncle Hugh and overly demanding Aunt Margaret (I think almost everyone has that one family member that just cannot be pleased). And not to forget Aunt Margaret’s sister, Kathleen. And Ewan’s adorable little sisters. We also meet Laura and her mother. And Winston, the lawyer fellow that I could not even bring myself to like at all.
I liked the ups and the downs that Ewan had to go through with the brickmaking business and how he was able to handle them, all the while having to put up with his family. I actually did like Laura. There was nothing to dislike except the fact she would have married Winston just to make her mother happy. That would have been a horrible choice. While it’s obvious Ewan and Laura would have a happy ending, I’m concerned for Kathleen. I wish Kathleen could have her own book, so I could see everything that happened and how she felt about that certain situation with Terrance and afterwards.
Overall, I liked the book. It was good. I just wish Kathleen had a better life than she did with her sister and with that horrible jerk Terrance. I feel so bad for her, but some good did come from it for Ewan and Laura.