Book description: "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: While this novel is historical fiction , it doesn't seem to be set during a specific historical event and covers a very short period of time. The author, Judith Miller, develops the plot quickly and the reader is subsequently pulled into the story. The themes of pride and honesty come through in the characters of Rose and Joshua. The ending of the story seems to catch the reader off guard, but I don't want to spoil the ending by elaborating any further. This was an enjoyable story to read and Judith Miller is quickly becoming a favorite author. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.