While I enjoyed all three books in the series, I do believe my favorite was this last book. Partly because of the resolutions, but also because the author delved into the world of asylums in the late 1800's. She introduced me to several facts that shocked me. But before I get into that, let me give you a brief plot synopsis of The Artisan's Wife.
The Artisan's Wife Book ReviewAinslee Mckay only agreed to leave the rest of her family and move to Weston because her artistic twin sister wanted to run a tile works shop. Since she and Adaira would embark on this new adventure together, Ainsless wasn't too concerned, even though she hated to leave her teaching position at the Pottery Works. However, when Adaira elopes with her new beau, Ainslee feels betrayed by her sister and is quite angry. Because her family has already purchased the tile works for the twins, she is forced to move to a new city and embrace her sister's dream alone. Only when her brother, Ewan, agrees to sell the tile works as soon as possible, does Ainslee feel any relief or hope for her own future.
The Artisan's Wife (Refined by Love)Ewan helps Ainslee move to Weston and gets her set up in a boardinghouse for women. He stays in Weston with her for several weeks as she adjusts to all of the changes. Since she has never before run any business, she is faced with quite a monumental task. Originally, the plan was for Ainslee to run the office, while Adaira dealt with the workers, the designs, and the bid proposals. Now, it all fell to Ainslee to handle alone. She braced herself to make a success of the tile works so it would be easier for Ewan to sell.
Levi Judson was also new to Weston. He had left he job, left his dreams behind, and moved there to be close to his brother who had been committed to the asylum. Both Levi and his brother were artists, but Levi believed his brother was truly more gifted. Unfortunately, Noah had mental difficulties and lapses caused by a high fever when he was a child. Levi moved into a boardinghouse for men and went in search of a new job. He started at the local tile works where he presented his letter of introduction to the pretty girl at the front desk and ask to speak to the owner or manager about job openings. This, of course, made for a entertaining moment in the book.
Because Ainslee had just landed a new contract and because Levi was recommended, plus experienced in multiple areas of tile works, she hired him immediately.
Like everyone else in town, Ainslee was frightened by what and who was within the walls of the asylum. She was surprised one day when she ran into her employee, Levi Judson, leaving the grounds of the asylum. She was even more surprised when she discovered he taught art there to a small group of men. Being uncomfortable with deception, Levi shared that his brother lived in the asylum. When he found out how much Ainslee enjoyed teaching, he recommended that she consider teaching a group of women in the asylum. But it wasn't until Ainslee was hurt on the job and needed immediate medical attention, that she was taken inside the doors of the asylum to the only available doctor in town.
When Ainslee decided to start a library in the asylum for the women, she met several of them and discovered they had been committed by their husbands. Some were there for depression or grief, but others were there simply because their husbands had tired of them and wanted rid of them. One lady was committed because her brother wanted access to her bank account.
Ainslee had now found a place where she was needed in Weston, but she still wanted to make the tile works successful. To do that, she needed Levi and his brother, Noah. The artists who could revolutionize the tile industry.
The Artisan's Wife is a wonderful Christian fiction book that reminds us to wait and watch for the unexpected blessings from God while we are busy making other plans.
Reviews of the Books in the Refined by Love Series
The Brickmaker's Bride (#1 in the series) Book Review
The Potter's Lady (#2 in the series) Book Review
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