Monday, August 31, 2015

The Potter's Lady

GIVEAWAY

MILLER, JUDITH
THE POTTER'S LADY

In the beautiful rolling hills of West Virginia, Rose McKay seeks a measure of success--in business and in love.

When Rose McKay convinces her brother, Ewan, to invest in a pottery business, she's determined to assist him in making the endeavor a success. A recent graduate of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, she believes she can design pieces that will sell well. Rose also reconnects with Joshua Harkness, who oversees his own family's pottery works and promises to help her.

Rylan Campbell has never liked change, but the new owners of the pottery seem to be decent folks. He just wishes Rose wouldn't insist on changing the way they do things. Then McKay Pottery begins to lose business to the Harkness company, and Rylan suspects Joshua may be secretly taking advantage of Rose.

When Franklin Hotels announces a design contest, it could be the opportunity McKay Pottery needs to achieve recognition and clients. Rose and Rylan work together to create something magnificent. With Joshua's company as their main rival, can Rylan convince Rose her trust in Joshua may spell ruin for them all?


My Review:

This second book in the Refined by Love series is as fantastic as the first (The Brickmaker's Bride.) A rich read full of history and the everyday struggles of the human condition.  Miller has an exceptional talent when it comes to characterization and it wasn't long before I became invested in Rose and Rylan's story...so much so that I was guilty of reading past bedtime! Such a wickedly delicious thing to do on occasion!

 And it's not only the hero and heroine who caught my attention -- the secondary characters were pretty unforgettable as well. Loved being reunited with the rest of the McKay family -- especially getting a glimpse into the married life of Ewan and Laura!

But there's treachery afoot as well -- brought about by the most despicable characters you will ever have the misfortune of meeting within the pages of a book. Gah! But they made my blood boil with all their conniving and manipulating! And added a whole new dimension to the plot.

An utterly compelling read...and I think the Refined by Love series might just be my favourite Miller series yet.

Oh -- you don't have to read The Brickmaker's Wife in order to enjoy this one but there is some carry over with the McKay family and their brickmaking business that follows through in this book.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Potter's Lady 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 September 6 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

51 comments:

  1. Favorite Miller series ever? You reeled me in again, Kav -- hook, line, and sinker. Thx for the marvelous review & giveaway opportunity! :)

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. LOL -- yeppers. I really like this one a lot. Good luck, Diana.

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  2. The hills of West Virginia are so pretty. The book sounds like another good won by Judith Miller!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)jnet

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    1. It definitely is, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  3. Have not read this one yet. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com. Kim

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  4. I really like the idea of a pottery design contest. This one is going on my TBR list. Thanks for the review and giveaway Kav!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. The whole pottery aspect was fascinating -- and I'm a creative arts kind of person anyway so I love it when any kind of art is featured in a novel. Good luck, Loraine.

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  5. This one sounds great, Kav! Thank you!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck!

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  6. I loved reading her Shaker books and the Brickmakers Wife. Every books of hers is better than the last. I really would love to read this one ! Thank you for the opportunity, Kav !

    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. You'll enjoy the Ewan/Anna bits then, Deanne. Good luck.

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  7. This series looks so good, and I love the beautiful covers!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I know, this publishing house does such wonderful covers. Good luck, Nicole!

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  8. Judith's book are always enjoyable.
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I haven't read the first in the series, but I know Judith is an excellent author!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Judith Miller is also among my favorite authors! Anything by her is good ;-) I've seen "The Potter's Lady" around for a bit and it's one I don't want to miss. I do love it when an author not only develops the main characters, but the secondary ones as well. It makes for a well-rounded & a fuller in-depth story! Thanks for another insightful review, Kav! I look for your posts in my email everyday :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Exactly -- plenty of depth in this story. It will make you squirm! Good luck, Trixi.

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  11. I just recently purchased The Brickmaker's Bride & then saw there was a 2nd book out in this series, The Potter's Lady! Yay! The covers are wonderful & immediately captivate you into reading what the book is about. This book sounds gripping as well. Thanks for the great review!

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

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    1. Oh, goodie, you will be able to read them in order. Good luck, agboss.

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  12. Love the review . . . makes me want to rush right out and get the book, so that I can stay up past bedtime reading =)
    reneerachoyolsenATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Don't you love a book that entices you to stay up late? Good luck, Heather.

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  13. I have been waiting for this follow-up to The Brickmaker's Bride ~ loved that story and the development of it, holding your breath. I liked the Postcards from Pullman series too a lot! Would love to read The Potter's Lady. Thanks for the offering and your review, Kav. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Oh -- yes -- the Pullman series was awesome too, but this one trumps it for me. Good luck, Kathleen.

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  14. Thanks for the beautiful review, and giveaway opportunity - Kav!!

    I haven't read the first book in this series, but would love to read both - the reviews on both are wonderful, love the story lines!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Not entering because I just won, but I HAD to find out about The Potter's Lady. Great review! Definitely getting on my list!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. It's a great read -- definitely one for your list.

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  16. I love your night time reading passion, it is a wonderful thing! The Potter's Lady sounds terrific.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. It is until you have to get up in the morning! LOL Good luck, Merry.

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  17. You must not review many books that you don't like. :) I wonder where that list is? haha Just keep listing the books you enjoy and I will have a tbr list that will in no way be completed in my lifetime. Always enjoy your reviews, Kav! - Terrill

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    1. You're right, trosado, I don't review books I don't like unless I've received them specifically to review. I'm pretty good at picking books I know I'll love. Sometimes I can be surprised though. That happened last week and I read (but didn't finish) two duds in a row, hence only four reviews this week. Good luck!

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    2. Kav I would really love to read the reviews on the books you didn't like. You're honest about all your reviews and when I read the books you've reviewed you're always right on. Just curious about those 2 you didn't finish. Cause I've done it before too. Becky

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    3. But how could I give away books I didn't think of as 'best reads'? And there are only so many days in the week to review books - why waste them on something I didn't love? LOL

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    4. You're right - I agree! So keep up the good work.

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  18. What an interesting story, I've always wanted to trypottery making but never have. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. I really enjoyed that aspect. Good luck, Wendy.

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  19. Haven't read a Judith Miller book in a while. But I do want to start with first one in this series. Oh well I'll try a win this one but get the first too. Lol. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. That's the spirit, Becky. What's two more books on your toppling TBR pile? LOL

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  20. I don't think I've ever ready of any Judith Miller's books. Sounds like this one would be a good one to try. Thanks for the chance, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. I think you'd enjoy this one, Cheryl. Good luck.

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  21. I have read the Brickmaker's Bride so I am looking forward to reading The Potter's Lady. I would love to be the winner of this book. Judith Miller is one of the first Christian Authors I started reading when I turned my life over to Heavenly Father nearly 20 years ago. Keep up the great reviews.

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  22. oops forgot to add my email address which is princessdebbie1_2000 at yahoo dot com

    Thanks again

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    1. Oh, wonderful connection with the author! Good luck, Debbie.

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  23. pottery, design, competition...yes please!! I think I need to add this series to my ever growing list of books to read :)

    Lea
    ladepooh AT hotmail dot com

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  24. This one sounds great! I really like the idea of there being a design contest in the storyline. I think my artistic self would enjoy this one!

    ~Alisha L.

    lishy2193 (at) aol [dot] com

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    1. And there aren't that many books that centre around the arts in Christian fiction so I tend to gravitate to the few out there. Good luck, Alisha.

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  25. I love Judith Miller and I loved reading The Brickmaker's Bride. I can't wait to read this one and the one coming out next month, The Artisan's Wife. Hope to win. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

    princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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