Want to know a secret? I’d rather read a book than do almost anything else. As a kid my idea of “playing outside” was sitting in the yard with a book. Now that I’m an adult I sometimes find it hard to make time to read, but lately I’ve been making it a priority. Admittedly, I don’t buy many books, but rather use the public or my church library. Aaaaand, I’ve been offered some great books by Graf-Martin Communications in exchange for an honest review.
I recently finished reading Judith Miller’s latest, The Artisan’s Wife. I like her work, so I was looking forward to reading this one. Right off the bat the reader can assume someone will be getting married, since the title has the word wife and the main characters are single (this is not a spoiler; the info is on the back of the book). This book is about a young woman named Ainslee who must travel to her family’s newly acquired tile works to manage it alone after her sister bails on their plan to go together. Ainslee’s older brother agrees that he will find a buyer for the tile works if Ainslee tries her best to make the business profitable. Shortly after she arrives, a man named Levi applies for a job there after coming to the area for reasons he doesn’t want to disclose yet. They form a fast friendship which develops into more, but they are each carrying secrets. If they share, will their relationship be okay? This is a book about trusting God, facing new challenges and it has a bit of romance too.
First of all, the “big secret” Levi has is not such a secret, as he soon shares it with Ainslee and some of his co-workers. A lot of the book deals with his secret after Ainslee becomes involved, and she soon shares her secret with Levi. They are business colleagues at first, since Ainslee is his boss, but an accident has Levi helping Ainslee with some managerial tasks. I guess after working together they realize they are in love? They keep their feelings to themselves until Levi suddenly does or says something that makes you think “Oh, maybe there is something there?”
Judith Miller always writes her historical fiction so well. She clearly puts a lot of effort and research into her work, and the reader is sure to learn something new while reading. Despite being slightly misrepresented on the back cover, this was an enjoyable story. It’s part three in a trilogy but the book can be read as a standalone.
If you enjoy historical fiction/romance with a Christian element, you will enjoy this book!
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”