Friday, August 21, 2015

Refined By Love Series #2

The Potter's Lady 

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?  

The Potter's Lady (Refined by Love #2) 
Published August 4th 2015
by Bethany House Publishers
4 Stars

But now, O Lord, thou are our father;
we are the clay, and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand.
~Isaiah 64:8

What a wonderful historical romance set in West Virginia.  
This is the second book the in Refined By Love series, but I also feel it's a stand alone novel.  The author gives enough background that it's not necessary to have read the first book.  
We are introduced to strong, well developed characters.  I truly liked Rose, but there were times when I wanted her to open her eyes to see what was really going on around her.  She was very kind and compassionate to everyone.  Rylan stole my heart in no time.  I think one of the things that drew me to him was his great faith in God.  With his history he seemed to constantly question everyone's actions, but God, until they proved trust worthy. I liked that about him.  I felt the plot line was very realistic.  
The message I received from this book was about faith.  That you must always take your problems to God.  You may not like the answer or get an answer right away, but must remember that God is in charge.  
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction or a good romance with a little twist.  
I received this book from the publisher for a honest review without bias or outside influence as stated above and would like to thank them for this opportunity.  

Judith McCoy Miller

Although born and reared in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Judy moved to Kansas at the age of seventeen and has considered the sunflower state ‘home’ ever since. She currently lives in Topeka. She enjoys reading, traveling, researching history, and Bible study.
Writing Christian fiction is Judy’s second career. For many years she worked as a legal assistant in law firms and later worked in government law offices. She has retired from legal work in order to write fulltime —a vocation she considers both a ministry and a blessing.
Judy has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books since she began writing in 1996. She is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, several of which have placed in the CBA and ECPA top ten lists. It is her deep desire to point readers to the love and grace of Jesus.


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