In April of 1890, Carrington Brouwer finds herself alone. After growing up in Paris with a father struggling to make a name for himself as an artist, Carrie is forced to find a place to live and a way to support herself when her father dies. One of her father’s former art students, Augusta Galloway, invites Carrie to return to America and to visit the Galloway family in Ohio until Carrie can make more permanent arrangements. Carrie takes the few personal belongings she has and sets off to find a future for herself.
Unfortunately, Carrie is not welcomed by all the members of the Galloway family. Augusta’s mother is not pleased that her daughter is friends with someone of uncertain social status, and she is upset that Augusta extended an invitation to Carrie without permission. Things become more pleasant for everyone, however, when Carrie convinces Mr. Galloway to give her a job as a painter in his carousel factory. With an income, Carrie is able to move into a boarding house and begin a new life.
Judith Miller’s The Carousel Painter is a delightful read about a spunky young woman who has a lot to learn about herself and the world around her. Although she is thrilled with her new job, the men in the factory do not welcome a woman worker, and Carrie finds her job and her new lifestyle to be more of a challenge than she can handle alone. To add to these difficulties, expensive items are stolen from the Galloways, and Carrie is a prime suspect. Carrie must learn to swallow her pride and trust God to handle the outcome.
As I have mentioned before, I enjoy historical fiction. The Carousel Painter is a story filled with romance, mystery, and historical detail. I recommend it, and I look forward to reading more books by Judith Miller.
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