One of the most annoying traits I find in many Christian fiction books involving a female as the
central character is the fact that the female is typically portrayed as weak, overly shy/quiet, and unable to make her own sound decisions. "The Brickmaker's Bride" by Judith Miller is not such a book! Laura Woodfield personifies the ideal female: intelligent, witty, wise, yet feminine. She doesn't live a pampered life without conflict, but she rises to the occasion time after time. Both mother and daughter in this book are both strong female characters.
Along with the strength of the women comes the strength of the main male character, Ewan McKay. His love and dedication to God and family keep him focused on helping build a business that seems doomed to fail. With a little help along the way, he is able to build the life he dreams of with the ones he loves most.
A book filled with romance, historical information, and depth of characters, as well as intrigue, suspense, and mystery, this is a book to be read. It lacks the shallowness many books in this genre can't seem to avoid. This was a beautifully woven tale that doesn't quickly leave one's imagination after the closing of the last sentences.