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. Read more...
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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?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Miller (The Potter's Lady) continues her Refined by Love series with the third installment, a charming historical romance centered on a family of Irish immigrants. The McKays are now far removed from the hardships of their homeland, finding love and prosperity in West Virginia in the 1870s. Ainslee McKay, quite content with living comfortably with family, is coerced by her twin sister into taking on the daunting task of running a tile works on the other side of the state in Weston. On the brink of their departure, her sister elopes, leaving Ainslee to bear responsibility for the family's new investment. Determined to return home as soon as possible, Ainslee keeps focused on the tile works' profitability with the intent of selling it off—until Levi Judson comes to town. He's an experienced tile maker, and his relocation to Weston is the subject of much speculation. Having been dumped by his fiancée after it's revealed that his brother has a mental condition, Levi is now hesitant to reveal that his brother is a patient at the nearby asylum. This lighthearted, entertaining story contains a moving message: that simple acts of kindness can positively effect the lives of others when fear of the unknown is dissuaded and compassion and selflessness take hold. Agent: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary. (Aug.)