Book Review: The Potter’s Lady, by Judith Miller

The Potter's Lady

Back cover copy:

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.

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?

About the author: Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her family make their home in Topeka, Kansas. Learn more at

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the story. I think Judith Miller is a skilled writer and she develops her characters well. I have read other works by Ms. Miller and have like them as well.
Pros about this particular book: It’s historical, which I usually enjoy. I like learning about the craft of pottery and the business of pottery making in the late 1800’s. It was an easy to read book and easy to follow.
Cons about this particular book: In my humble opinion the story was too weighted toward the history of pottery and not enough romance or story line involving the characters. I felt it was basically a “man and woman meet, don’t particularly like each other at first but once they spend time together they fall in love.” There wasn’t enough conflict or emotional tension for my liking.
I would give this a 3 out of 5 stars.
Bethany House publishers gave me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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