This third installment in the Refined by Love series brings us to the young McKay sibling, Ainslee, who is forced to uphold a promise while letting go of her own dreams. It’s a hard journey for Ainslee, but we quickly see her rise to the challenge before her. She’s a likeable character, as is Levi, and their easy-going relationship complimented the rest of the plot nicely.
That being said, I struggled to connect to this book. The pace of the story progressed well, but there just wasn’t a lot of surprises or twists. It played out very close to my expectations and as a result I found myself skimming some parts, which I hate to do. The subtle romance between the two main characters was sweet, but not completely believable to me. Instead of watching their feelings grow naturally, I felt their relationship happened too quickly and seemed a little awkward at times.
The history and the behind-the-scenes of the tile works was interesting. I enjoyed the unique aspects of the assylum and how the characters worked to improve the patients’ lives there. Their goals were admirable and endearing. I just wish I had connected more to the individuals.
This book easily stands on its own, but it does tie in to the previous two and the other McKay family members. I may have struggled through parts, but the series is wrapped up well and it does give its readers a satisfied end.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
Learn more at http://judithmccoymiller.com/