Book Review: The Potter’s Lady

From Book Description

“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…”

The Potter's Lady

My Comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a huge fan of historical fiction. However, the cover and title of this book drew my attention so I really wanted to give it a try, and over all, I’m glad I read it.

The character development of The Potter’s Lady is very good. I love how independent the protagonist, Rose Mckay, is and yet at the same times has a sense of vulnerability to her. She is such a relatable character. All of them are, even the ones who turn out be villainous.

I also love how seamlessly and naturally the spiritual elements are woven into the story. There is nothing preachy or off-putting in the way the characters pray and talk about the things of God.

In addition, although I found the story to be rather slow, the plot is interesting and the second half of the books is particularly engaging. There was even some suspense during the pottery competition.

My main issue with most historical fiction is that sometimes the writing feels forced or contrived. Personally, I think that it is because the authors try to write in the language that would have been in use at the particular time period they write in. Most of the time, unfortunately, it is not successful – at least to me. However, although there are some passages in The Potter’s Lady that seems contrived, the author, Judith Miller, does a much better job than most. In fact, I mostly enjoyed her writing style.

Therefore, if you are a fan of historical fiction, you will probably enjoy this book very much. I give The Potter’s Lady three (3) stars.


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