The Artisan's Wife

The Artisan's Wife

by Judith Miller

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Delightful Blend of History and Romance

Ainslee McKay's world is shaken when she discovers her twin sister has not only eloped with a man she barely knows but now Ainslee must fulfill their obligation at a tile works in Weston, West Virginia. Ainslee must learn the ropes and, if she can keep the tile works profitable, her brother will help her sell the business.

When Levi Judson arrives and shows Ainslee his designs for new tiles, she's impressed by his skill and passion for the business. But he's hiding his true reason for coming to Weston. And Ainslee knows he'd be crushed to learn his plans for a long career at McKay Tile Works are in vain since she intends to sell. Can the growing feelings between them survive if the truth comes to light--or is a future together as untenable as the future of the tile works itself?

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ISBN-13: 9780764212574
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Refined by Love Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 652,306
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her family make their home in Kansas. Learn more at www.judithmccoymiller.com.

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The Artisan's Wife


By Judith Miller

Bethany House Publishers

Copyright © 2016 Judith Miller
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1257-4


CHAPTER 1

Grafton, West Virginia May 1876

A lump the size of a lemon lodged in Ainslee McKay's throat. Hands shaking, her thoughts whirled while she forced herself to once again read the brief note from her sister. How could Adaira do this? Sisters didn't run off without a word of warning. Especially not a twin sister. And certainly not with a man who was practically a stranger. There was no way to make sense of Adaira's impulsive decision.

Ainslee raced down the stairs with the note clutched tightly in her fist, giving no thought to her inappropriate attire. Inside the dining room, she skidded to an abrupt halt.

Grandmother Woodfield's brows arched high. "Did you forget that we fashion our hair and dress for breakfast, my dear?"

Although she wasn't a blood relative, the older woman had been like a grandmother to Ainslee and her sisters when they had arrived from Ireland. Even before Ainslee's brother Ewan and Laura Woodfield had married, she'd asked that the girls address her as Grandmother Woodfield. And they'd been delighted to accommodate her request.

Ainslee's sun-kissed light brown locks spilled from the loose ribbon that had held her flowing tresses in check during the night. After tracing her fingers through her hair, she clutched her dressing gown tightly around her neck with her free hand. "I apologize, Grandmother, but once all of you read this, I think you'll understand why I didn't take time to dress." Flapping the piece of stationery, she turned toward Ewan and his wife, Laura, who sat near his side at the dining table. "Did you receive a note from Adaira, as well?"

Ewan shook his head. "Why would she write to us when we live under the same roof?"

"That's just it. We no longer live under the same roof." Ainslee's voice cracked with emotion. "Read this." She handed the missive to her brother and watched his nonchalant expression change to one of utter disbelief.

"I canna believe Adaira would do such a thing. She can be a bit flighty, but she's not a thoughtless girl." Ewan's words were tinged with Irish brogue as he returned his attention to the note. "And yet ..." He handed the piece of cream-colored stationery to Laura.

Ewan's wife visibly paled. "Surely we must have missed some clue along the way. Did you realize she was serious about Chester Mulvane, Ainslee? Had she spoken to you about him?"

Before Ainslee could reply, Grandmother Woodfield edged forward and tapped her index finger on the table. "Is anyone going to tell me what has happened?"

Ewan gulped the remains of his coffee and returned the cup to its saucer with a startling clank. "Adaira has eloped with Chester Mulvane."

The room fell silent; time stood still.

Grandmother Woodfield was the first to recover. "Eloped? With Chester Mulvane? Isn't he the young fellow from Pitts8 burgh who was here for dinner last week? Adaira barely knows him, and she's only twenty years of age. I can't believe she'd do anything so rash. Let me see what she wrote."

Ewan passed the note to his mother-in-law. "Aye, you're right about Chester. He was here for dinner last week — and a few other times, as well. He's a nephew of Joseph Horne and works for his uncle. I'm not sure what title they've given him, but he does a good deal of buying for the store. He's placed several large orders for china, and when he was last here, he purchased some of our most expensive specialty pieces for their store. While I value the company's business, I'm not pleased by this turn of events."

"Nor am I." Grandmother Woodfield read the scribbled note and returned it to Ewan. "In addition to shopping at Mr. Horne's department store on several occasions, I've attended a few social functions where he and his wife were present, but I don't recall meeting the Mulvanes. And I don't recall any of you telling me Chester was related to the Hornes."

Laura motioned for Catherine to refill her coffee cup. "I didn't think Chester's family history was pertinent, Mother. None of us thought he was anything more than an occasional visitor to Grafton."

"Yet he'd called on Adaira, so he likely considered himself a suitor, don't you think?"

Laura stirred a dollop of cream into her coffee. "Perhaps, but none of that really matters at this juncture. What matters is that we locate Adaira and discover whether she and Chester have truly married."

The older woman sighed. "I'm not sure if it's better to hope that they've exchanged vows or trust they came to their good senses before finding a preacher who would marry them. Either way, there's bound to be no end of gossip once word gets out."


"At the moment, gossip is the last thing that's on my mind." Ewan pushed his plate aside and turned toward Ainslee. "When did you last see your sister?"

"Late yesterday afternoon. She said she was going to dinner with Chester and then they were going to hear some speaker at the Emporium. She told me it would be late before she returned home." Ainslee frowned at her brother. "I mentioned this at dinner last night. Sometimes I wonder if anyone listens to me."

Ewan pushed away from the mahogany dining table and massaged his forehead. "I do listen, Ainslee, but sometimes I forget what I've been told. I now recall that you said she'd be returning home late." He looked at a loss for what to do next. "Did you look in her room before you came downstairs?"

"No. I'll go up and check now, if you'd like." She thought the note provided enough evidence of her sister's departure. The idea of checking her room seemed a waste of time, but she wouldn't argue. She shot an exasperated look in her brother's direction. "I don't think she's hiding under the bedcovers."

Ewan sighed. "Nor do I, but I do wonder if she took her belongings. I know you'd both been packing for your upcoming departure to Weston, though I'm not sure how she could have removed those heavy trunks from the house without someone noticing. If they're not in her room, it's a sure sign she's not planning to return anytime soon."

Ainslee nodded toward the maid who was removing Ewan's plate from the table. "Adaira knows Catherine goes into town for the weekly shopping on Monday afternoons. Chester could have come to the house then and loaded them into a wagon or even hired someone to come to the house and transport her belongings."

Tessa, Ewan and Laura's six-year-old daughter, jumped up from her chair. "I'll go upstairs and look for you, Daddy." Without waiting for his approval, the towheaded girl ran from the room and disappeared up the stairs.

Ewan folded his hands together and turned toward Laura. "I'm not sure what to do. Should I board a train for Pittsburgh and try to bring her home?"

Ainslee gave her brother an enthusiastic nod. "Yes. Adaira simply must come home or we'll lose the tile works. I can't go to Weston on my own."

"Let's take this one step at a time." Ewan's lips tightened into a thin line. "First we must decide what to do about Adaira. Then we'll discuss the new business in Weston."

Before another opinion could be offered, Tessa's footsteps clattered in the hallway. "Her trunks are gone."

Ainslee dropped onto one of the silk-upholstered dining chairs as the child's words seeped into her bones. She and Adaira were scheduled to leave for Weston on Friday and begin work at the tile works on Monday morning, yet her sister never said anything about a plan to elope with Chester Mulvane. Truth be told, Adaira had barely spoken Chester's name. Granted, she'd mentioned that Ewan had given the young man permission to call on her when he was in town, but there had been no indication that Chester was anything more than a handsome young man who could act as her escort to an occasional party or dinner. In Ainslee's opinion, he'd been no more than a passing fancy to Adaira, no different than several other young men who had occasionally called on her sister.

How could she have been so blind? Ainslee picked up the engraved piece of stationery and traced her fingers across the imprint of her sister's name. The personalized notepaper had been a gift from Grandmother Woodfield last Christmas. Ainslee's name had been inscribed in bold block print, while Adaira's had been printed in a delicate flowing script — to match their talents and personalities. At least that's what Grandmother had said when they'd opened their gifts.

Ainslee had agreed with the assessment. Though given to bouts of anxiety, she'd always been the reliable, no-nonsense twin, who excelled in practical studies — whereas Adaira was the carefree, animated member of the twosome who had been gifted with as much creative talent as their older sister, Rose.

Swooping up the note, she crumpled the paper and shoved it into the pocket of her dressing gown. "Any idea how we can locate Adaira and bring her home?" Ainslee glanced around the table, hoping someone would offer a practical solution.

Grandmother Woodfield touched her linen napkin to her lips. The older woman appeared as unruffled as a peaceful spring day. "I don't see what good it will do to rush off to Pittsburgh. While it seems logical they would go there, they may avoid the city since they likely believe it's the first place we would look for them. There's really no telling where they might be."

She leaned back in her chair and met Ewan's steady gaze. "I believe we should send a telegram to his family. Better yet, send a telegram to Mr. Horne at his store and inquire about his nephew's whereabouts. I wouldn't mention the possible elopement. Though I'd like to believe the telegraph operator can be trusted, there's no way of knowing for certain. Best we keep this to ourselves until we know exactly what's taken place."

Ainslee leaned forward. "Tell Mr. Horne ye'r coming to fetch Adaira and bring her home." A bit of Ainslee's own Irish brogue slipped through in her emotional state.

Grandmother Woodfield shook her head. "If they are married, we can hardly force her return to Grafton. Right now, I think you should continue with your plans to depart for Weston without your sister. Don't you agree?"

Ainslee gaped at the older woman. "Na, I don't agree. Not in the least." Her stomach roiled at the idea. She had never gone anywhere without Adaira. Did the family truly expect her to continue as though nothing were amiss? She clenched her jaw.

"I won't go — not without Adaira."

Ewan sighed. "I don't think there is any other choice, Ainslee. You and your sister pursued this venture and argued the soundness of the idea. While I know it's uncommon for a woman to be in charge of a business, I recall a strong argument you waged when you and Adaira first came to me with the idea. You assured me you were up to the task of taking charge. You both pointed out that Rose had been given great responsibility at the pottery works and you wanted to receive the same opportunity"

Ainslee frowned. This wasn't going well. Ewan was dismissing her arguments at every turn. "But that was when I thought Adaira would be with me."

Her brother leaned back in his chair. "The contract is signed, and we can't walk away from the tile works. Beyond the moral obligation to abide by the terms of my agreement, a default on the contract would lead to financial disaster for all of us — not to mention the workers at the tile works, who are depending upon us for their jobs. They have families to support, and we agreed to maintain their employment."

Grandmother Woodfield nodded her agreement. "While Adaira possesses artistic talent, it was your intelligence and ability to keep a sharp eye on the costs and operation of the tile works that sealed our decision to purchase it. We were clear that without your agreement to oversee the day-to-day financial matters, we would not invest in the company."

She leaned back in her chair. "We can locate another artist to replace Adaira, but we know what occurs when an untrustworthy person takes charge of a business. We can't take such a risk with this venture. We must insist you fulfill your obligation, my dear."

"That's all well and good, but I agreed to go to Weston because it was Adaira's dream." Ainslee swallowed hard. This wasn't fair. She needed to convince them they were wrong. How could any of them even think they should place this burden on her shoulders? "You must remember that I didn't want to leave Grafton. I was happy with my teaching position, but Adaira convinced me by saying she would suffocate if she couldn't put her creative talent to use and become independent. She said we needed to spread our wings."

"And you shall. In fact, I believe you're going to soar like an eagle." Grandmother gave a firm nod.

"But I have no desire to soar. I'm the twin who's content just flapping her wings. It's Adaira who wanted to fly."

Ainslee hunched forward and wrapped her arms around her waist. If only she could follow her sister's lead and simply disappear.


(Continues...)

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LynnLD More than 1 year ago
The Artisan’s Wife opens with young Ainslee McKay feeling devastated because her twin sister has eloped and left her to run a tile business in a new town. It was supposed to be a joint venture; but she bravely goes on to Weston, West Virginia to manage the newly-acquired family business. This historical fiction takes place in 1876 and truly shows Ainslee’s grit as she faces this venture. Ainslee fortifies herself, manages the reluctant male employees and privately plans to sell the tile business within a year after gaining control of the reins. Then, a young man named Levi Judson comes in looking for work. He tells her that he has chosen Weston because he has a brother there and mentions his fiancée back home. However, but some of the details seem to be rather sketchy. She hires him and Levi proves to be a valuable ally after a series of mishaps. She has a terrible accident with one of the cutting machines, her aunt dies unexpectedly and Levi’s brother goes missing. How will it all turn out? Will she ever forgive her twin for leaving her to deal with all of this alone? What are Levi’s secrets? Will his fiancée from his former town ever show up? Will her faith sustain her or will she just throw in the towel and return home to safer shores with her older brother Ewan and his family? Read this fast-paced work and see what will become of Ainslee McKay.
Bookish-Bakes More than 1 year ago
I received The Artisan’s Wife a while back from Bethany House to read for an honest review. I was excited to read this book, since it takes place in Weston, WV not too far from my own hometown. I have read a good deal more of historical fiction this year, and I was thrilled to find a book taking place in my own state. However, I did not realize that it was the third book in a series. The book could be a standalone, and it’s not hard to keep up or put two and two together as you read. I just might go back and read the first two to see things from the other character’s point of view. I’ll be upfront and honest. I had a really hard time getting into this book. It could possibly be that I wasn’t invested in the story like others that have actually read the first two books. At times, I really wanted to give up on the book all together. However, after reading close to halfway in did I actually start to feel caught up in the characters’ lives. As an artist myself, I could relate to Levi and his passion for creating beautiful tiles. I have been to Weston a few times, and I could easily picture a big building full of tile workers. After visiting museums and old homes around my state, I have this vision in my head of what their homes and small town looked like. For me personally, it was very easy to imagine the boarding house, the hotels, and above all the asylum. Though I have never been inside the asylum, I have seen it from afar, and heard all the stories revolving around the old historic building from family and friends. It was hard to read the story, knowing what would eventually happen to the people living inside the building. For those of you who don’t know, it is now used for haunted tours during Halloween and offers overnight stays for ghost hunters. The thought of people living inside of it was very interesting and intriguing. It made me wish to see what it looked like all those years ago. I felt my heart break every time someone treated Levi differently because of his brother’s mental problems. I was touched by the way he and Ainslee reached out to those in the asylum with love and compassion. Ainslee learns compassion, and I was moved deeply to see her reaching out to family members as she stood her ground against the stereotypes of mental disorders. The story does lag at times, but makes up for it, with lively scenes and touching dialogue. The relationship between Levi and Ainslee felt a bit odd. Don’t get me wrong, I could picture them together. I’m not sure if the author not focusing on their growing relationship made it seem all of a sudden and out of character. I’m not sure how much Ainslee grew in the past books, or if she even was a side character, but I feel like her confidence in certain things keeps her character from evolving and growing as the story progressed. While Levi seemed pretty stable and founded from the start, it was Ainslee that made room for improvement. Yet, at times she seemed too confident and perfect. Still, the story line itself was decent and enjoyable. Overall, this book was a good and easy read. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something different in the typical historical fiction genre. The characters are sweet and very adorable. The way they acted and socialize back then never ceases to amaze or surprise me. It made for a wonderful little read, and I plan on reading more of Judith Miller’s work in the future.
annelr More than 1 year ago
The Artisan's Wife by Judith Miller is apparently the third and final book in the Refined in Love series but is easily a stand alone read. With themes of family, faith and forgiveness entwined throughout, Miller has given her readers a strong and captivating story about Ainslee and Levi. Ainslee's twin and best friend abandones her to take on a challenge and change her life completely. Can she ever forgive her for leaving her? Levi has a dream and moving to be near his brother may mean the end of that. Will he be able to overcome the obstacles and reach that dream? Miller writes a love story that brings history alive as she writes of the workings of the tile making industry and life in the 1870s America. The Artisan's Wife is another inspiring work from a favorite author.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
As much as I loved the first two books in this series, this is my favorite. Set in the 1870's in the rolling hills of WV I learned some things about my state that I didn't know, therefore I know it was well researched.Ainslee is forced to take over a business that was her sisters dream when her twin elopes. Her faith and trust in God give her the strength to take over the tile works and when she hires hires Levi, a skilled tile maker and artist she is thrown into an attraction she has never experienced. They each have secrets they wish not to disclose. I loved that Judith Miller touches on the Lunatic Asylum in Weston and early years of mental illness. I did not want to put this book down and highly recommend this entire series. Judith Miller has a way with words that draws you in and makes you a part of her story. Her characters are real with struggles in life as well as their faith. If you are looking for a captivating historical read then this certainly should go on the top of your list. I am honored to say I was given a copy by the author for an honest review and I have done that.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Artisan’s Wife by Judith Miller is the third (and final) book in Refined by Love series. Ainslee McKay is happy teaching students, but her sister Adaira has an artistic streak. Adaira convinced her brother to purchase a tile works where she could use her artistic talents. Ainslee would run the business end. Shortly before they are to leave, Adaira disappears. She ran off and eloped with Chester Mulvane. The family had no idea she was that serious about the man she married. Ainslee will have to go off on her own to run McKay Tile Works. Ainslee has confidence issues and does not want to leave home on her own (she only agreed to the venture to please her twin). Ainslee gets her brother’s agreement that he will try and sell the tile works so she can return home soon (preferably within six months). Levi Judson has moved to Weston, West Virginia to be near his brother. His brother, Noah, has some mental issues (he is not crazy) and is being housed at Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum. Noah worked at a tile works in Philadelphia and he has some unique and creative ideas. But if the McKay’s are selling the business, they will not be interested in trying out new ideas. As Ainslee settles into her new life and role at McKay Tile Works, she starts to enjoy her new life. Ainslee also gets involved in a project at the asylum helping the patients. When Levi shows her his new designs, Ainslee thinks they are beautiful and unique. They could be a profitable venture for the tile works. But is Ainslee willing to stay in Weston? The Artisan’s Wife is a sweet novel. I liked how Ainslee grew and changed after spending time in Weston. Her sister leaving her in the lurch was really a blessing in disguise. The tile descriptions sounded gorgeous (I wish there were pictures). The novel is well-written and engaging. It had a good pace/flow. The characters were relatable. They felt like real people and fit into the time period. I completely understood how Ainslee would feel. How nervous she would be going off on her own to a new city, job, and place to live. The romance is very subtle in the book. It plays out in the background (I like how the author did it). This is a Christian novel that teaches forgiveness (something Ainslee struggled with in the book), power of prayer, God’s plan for our lives, and misperceptions (how people viewed the residents of the asylum). I give The Artisan’s Wife 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). This novel is part of a series, but can be read alone. We are updated on the lives of the couples from the previous novels. We get to check in with Rose and Rylan (who run the pottery works), Ewan and Laura (as well as Grandmother Woodfield), and Chester and Adaira. One thing I did find annoying was Ainslee “fainting” episodes. There were too many of them to be believable (women usually fainted because their corsets were too tight and they could not get enough air into their lungs). I look forward to reading more books by Judith Miller. I received a complimentary copy of The Artisan’s Wife in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Alive with imagery and emotion, The Artisan’s Wife captured my attention from beginning to end! It was such a pleasure to revisit the McKay family, and I delighted in the history and romance of Ainslee’s story. I also enjoyed learning about the tile making process and the artistry involved in creating mosaic tiles. Judith Miller never fails to charm me with her characters and their stories, and I look forward to reading more from this wonderful author! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
The Artisan's Wife is the third book in the Refined by Love series. I have read the first two in the series, The Brickmaker's Bride, and The Potter's Lady. I really enjoyed all three books, but didn't feel it was necessary to read the other two in order to enjoy this one. Miller kept my attention the whole time, and I was anxious to find out what was going to happen next. This story takes place in the late 1800's in West Virginia. The McKay family is featured in all three books, this one follows Ainslee McKay as she takes over a tile works business. Ainslee is bound by her word to leave the family she loves to carry out her twin sisters dream. The problem is she was all for it until she finds out her sister ran away and eloped. Now Ainslee must make the best of her situation and work on forgiving her sister. A woman being in charge of a business is new in many areas of the country. Will the men accept Ainslee, or will she have more trouble than she's bargained for? Hoping to sell the tile works as soon as possible, she doesn't want to form too many friendships. Will she stick to her plan, or end up falling in love with her new job, and maybe someone who works there? This story was fun to read. There were several surprising twists, I found I couldn't guess what was going to happen next. It was interesting learning more about the tile making process and what life was like then. I loved seeing Ainslee become passionate about helping others and making a real difference. Levi was a fun character and I enjoyed seeing them interact. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Reading one of Judith Miller's books is always a treat. Miller includes a great historical detail, solid Scriptural truth without being preachy, and romance with a touch of impending doom. The Artisan's Wife, #3 Refined by Fire, could stand alone, but I was thankful to have the background of the previous two books. It made the relationships that much easier to understand. First to attract a reader is the book cover. The artist does a magnificent job portraying the West Virginia mountains, a sunset or sunrise, plus the beautiful protagonist on each cover of this series. Obviously, the artist has either read the book or at least been well informed. In The Artisan's Wife, Ainslee McKay reluctantly moves to Weston, WV, to take over the family's newly acquired tile works. Full of resentment and fear, she hopes only to build up the business enough to attract a buyer. A new hire, Levi Judson, soon proves to be invaluable after an unexpected catastrophe. However, Levi has secrets and dreams of his own. Will they mesh with Ainslee's?Or will the secrets of each destroy their fledgling relationship? I loved how Ms. Miller showed the start of insane asylums, and how they were populated and run at their onset. She also includes a very informative note at the end, that answered a question in my mind. I also love how she explains the working of a tile works of the time. Interesting how at least two of the three businesses in the McKay family include great artistic input! Quotable: "Deep wounds can last for a lifetime;the real achievement is learning to to live a full life even when the scars remain." A well-written, well- researched book. My biggest question is, can I share this wonderful book,or will I hoard it on my keeper shelf?! I gratefully received a copy of this book from Revellreads in exchange for my honest opinion
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Firm Foundation In "The Artisan’s Wife", the third book of the series “Refined by Love” by Judith Miller, the reader is introduced to Ewan and Rose’s sister Ainslee McKay. Ainslee discovers her twin sister, Adaira, has eloped and left her to fulfill the obligation of running the newly purchased tile works in Weston. Ainslee and Adaira have always done things together. Now Ainslee must leave her family striking out into unknown territory of running the new business by herself. Ewan and Ainslee make a deal that he will try to find a buyer while she makes the business profitable. She hires Levi Judson to work at the tile plant and to put his artistic abilities to work in creating mosaics on the tile. As time passes a friendship develops between them that can easily be broken by a secret Levi holds. Ewan finds a buyer for the tile works, now Ainslee must decide if she wants to pursue the mosaic tiles showing her confidence and faith in Levi, or give up the business and go back home where she is most comfortable. Both Levi and Ainslee must learn to trust God through the good and the bad. Overall, it was a nice historical romance to read and discover what the McKay family was up to after the first two books. My only disappointment was that Adaira was left out other than occasional mentions of her. I received this book to read for free to give my honest opinion from Bethany House Publishers.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book three in the Refined by Love series. It is a stand alone book, however you will miss some of the history of the McKay family if you jump right into this one. I have only read book one and now three and love the series yet feel they are all stand alone books. Ainslee McKay is a determined woman who normally just likes it in the shadows of her sister, however when she is forced to step out of her comfort zone she may discover she is stronger than she gives herself credit. Levi Judson has put his life up in the air to help take care of his family. When his hunt for a job reveals new owners he is not sure what to expect. Yet this new owner may be exactly what he needs, in more ways than one. This book is full of hardworking, loving people who face real problems and family. The romance is a sweet story woven among other issues in this book. I was given a copy of this novel from net galley for my honest opinion.
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
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 skill 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? The continuation of the McKay family was good to read. Ainslee does not want to go to Weston, WV and leave everything and everyone that she loves. She goes on the condition that a new buyer will be found and she can come home as soon as possible. Little does she know that she will develop a love for Weston and a certain man who arrives in town looking for a job. Levi comes looking for a job with grand ideas for new tiles. His devotion to his brother is commendable. I enjoyed reading this story. I would recommend this book to anyone. This is the third book in the series. But it wasn't necessary to read the first two to read and understand this one. I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.