My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher for review
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Book Description: When Rose McKay convinces her brother, Ewan, to invest in a pottery business, she’s determined to assist him in making the venture a success. Having just graduated from the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, she believes she can design pieces that will sell well. In her efforts to help the pottery flourish, Rose reconnects with Joshua Harkness, who oversees his own family’s pottery works in a nearby town.
Rylan Campbell has never liked change, but the new owners of the pottery seem to be the decent sort. He just wishes Rose wouldn’t insist on cleaning and moving everything. But when McKay Pottery starts losing business to the Harkness company, Rylan realizes Joshua might be taking advantage of Rose.
Then Franklin Hotels announces a design contest. Winning the Franklin contract would be exactly the boost McKay Pottery needs, so Rose and Rylan work closely together to create something magnificent. With Joshua’s company as their main competition, can Rylan convince Rose her trust in Joshua may be misplaced?
My thoughts: Judith McCoy Miller does a wonderful job at setting the scene and plot. I loved how she kept me interested in the story and want for the main characters to find happiness. She did a wonderful job at creating the setting and emotions.
Rose is full of hope and enthusiasm for her work. She is an Irish immigrant who has received her fair share of torment from others. From her trials she worked harder to prove her abilities. She has a talent for design, a talent she pores into the pottery her brother purchased. She is driven to see it succeed.
She has the help of Ryland, he worked in the pottery before her brother purchased it. He is set in his ways and reluctant to embrace change. Rose brings a whirlwind of change with her, he has to catch her vision and reasoning before he can embraced her ideas. They are a great pair. It takes a while for either of them to see it.
The competition is Joshua. He is not only their competitor in business, he courts Rose for his own purposes. He gives off the appearance of being an upstanding man, trying to help out a friend in business. Unfortunately, his motivation is not apparent.
The book has some great plot twists and turns that were very interesting to read. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in this book. It is the second in a series but can be read as a stand alone. I did enjoy catching up on the lives of some of the characters in the first book.
About the author: (Taken from Goodreads) Judith McCoy Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her husband make their home in Topeka, Kansas.
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