Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Artisan's Wife

GIVEAWAY

MILLER, JUDITH
THE ARTISAN'S WIFE

As Ainslee McKay reluctantly leaves all she's known, the beauty of forgiveness and new beginnings comes to light in a West Virginian town with hidden depths.

Ainslee McKay's world is upended when her twin sister secretly elopes and leaves Ainslee alone to move to Weston, West Virginia, to fulfill their obligation at the McKay family's new tile works. While her brother, Ewan, agrees to travel with her and help her learn the ropes, she still intends to sell this business she no longer wants if a buyer can be found.

When the talented Levi Judson arrives to show Ainslee his designs for new tiles, she's impressed by his sill and passion for the business but feels she must keep her true plans for the business a secret from him. And though Levi hopes for a long, successful career at McKay Tile Works, he's hiding his true reason for coming to Weston. Can the growing feelings between them survive if the truth comes to light -- or is a future together as uncertain as the future of the tile works itself?

My Review:

A satisfying conclusion to the Refined by Love series. It reads beautifully as a standalone but fans of the series will be thrilled with the involvement of Ewan and Laura in this book -- including a wonderful plot thread that brings them full circle.

I love the way this author steeps her novels in history. Fascinating details make up the very fibre of the story and there's some awesome gems in The Artisan's Wife. Details I can't share without posting spoilers but just know I was riveted by the historical content...and it would make great book discussion fodder for a book club read.

I enjoyed the unique perspective of a woman managing a 'man's' business in the 19th century. Ainslee has grit and stamina and an abundance of ideas, even though she's very reluctant to carry them out without her sister by her side. She has spent her life content to hide in the shadows of Adaira's outgoing persona and her twin's abrupt departure has left her forced to stand on her own for the first time. But Ainslee has a talent for business and has no intention of failing. Levi is just as committed to the enterprise...and his lady boss. The result?A sweet romance rich in heart and faith.

 Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

 GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Artisan's Wife please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 2 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

37 comments:

  1. Ooh! I would love to be entered! I really need to read another by Judith Miller.
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I think this is my favourite series by this author. Good luck, Nicole.

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  2. Excellent series! I have read the first two books and anticipate reading the story of Ainslee. Always enjoy books by Judith Miller. Thanks for the review and opportunity to participate! Cathy. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. It's a great series, isn't it? Good luck, Cathy.

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  3. I do enjoy her books. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. This sounds like another great book. Thanks for another great review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  5. I love my heroines with grit and determination because I'm feisty like that too! Your reviews are awesome! 😉 Thanks Kav.
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. I enjoy them that way too but because I'm not so feisty. LOL Good luck, Diane.

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  6. Thank you, Kav! Historical fiction is my very favorite genre. I so enjoy Judith McCoy Miller's stories ~ especially the Postcards from Pullman stories. That was so interesting. I read the first book in this series, The Brickmaker's Bride, and would like to be in the drawing for this one! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. You'll love one of the plot threads that tie in to that first book, Kathleen. Good luck.

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  7. This series sounds fascinating. I have the first two installments, but haven't gotten around reading them yet. It would be great to had that last one, and then I could read the whole series :)

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. And this is the perfect conclusion to the series. Good luck, Samantha.

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  8. I loved this book. Good luck everyone.

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    1. Isn't it a great read? I think this is my favourite series by Judith Miller.

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    2. I agree. Just wish she wrote faster. LOL

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  9. I love Judith Miller's writing. She has a way of telling a story that sweeps you up into a different time and place, a truly gifted author! I've not read this series yet, but have heard nothing but good things about it.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot)

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    1. Yes -- she transports a reader back in time so easily. Very talented. Good luck, Trixi.

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  10. Love good historical fiction that really takes you back to that certain era!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. And Judith Miller does that so well. Good luck, Patty.

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  11. Would love to read this one by Judith Miller. teshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  12. This book is on my wish list, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  13. I would love to read this one---putting it on my list. Thanks for the review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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  14. I love how Judith Miller ties together history and trade.
    Dianna

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  15. I love Judith Miller books!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I have quite a few on my keeper shelves. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  16. It has been a while since I read Judith - thanks for the chance. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, 'Truck'. Good luck.

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  17. This series has beautiful unique covers.

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  18. I haven't read any of Judith Miller's books. This series sounds really good and the covers are beautiful! Thanks for the review, Kav, and the opportunity of this giveaway!

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, agboss. Good luck.

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