5 Minutes for Books: The Carousel Painter

by Guest

PhotobucketIn 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.

Leave a comment to enter to win your own copy of this book (U.S. and Canadian residents welcome). The winner will be announced in next week’s book column. Want a chance to win more books? Check out our current giveaways at 5 Minutes for Books, including one for another historical fiction novel by Tricia Goyer, The Swiss Courier.

The winner of the Day is Done book and CD is #53 Susan.

Lauren is a wife, a mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows and is a staff reviewer at 5 Minutes for Books.

The Carousel Painter was provided for review by Bethany House publisher.

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1 blueviolet November 2, 2009 at 1:05 am

I haven’t been reading historical fiction for too long but I’ve been enjoying it. I’d love to read this!


2 Krista November 2, 2009 at 4:08 am

This sounds like a good read! Sign me up!


3 Sheila November 2, 2009 at 8:43 am

I love historical fiction!


4 Anita November 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

Sounds like a good story! I’d like to be entered in the drawing!
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5 Tracy November 2, 2009 at 10:06 am

Sounds like a great read. I love historical fiction and I’m always looking for new books and authors to read. I read the books by my “regulars” too fast and need a few more!


6 Tammy Gordon November 2, 2009 at 10:20 am

Would love to win this book!


7 Christine Jensen November 2, 2009 at 10:27 am

This looks like a fun book


8 Amy November 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

I know I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but that is one beautiful book!


9 Blessed November 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm

This looks like exactly the kind of story I enjoy most! Would love to win it :)


10 Barbara H. November 2, 2009 at 1:05 pm

This sounds good, and I love the cover. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!


11 Leilani November 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Looks like a good book! I really like historical fiction too. Thanks!


12 angie November 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

sounds like a great story would love to win


13 April November 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm

The book sounds interesting and I love historical fiction.


14 Linda Kish November 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm

My mom would love this. It is one of her favorite genres.

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15 Jen November 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Count me in!


16 Elizabeth November 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm

looks like a great story!


17 Marjorie R. November 2, 2009 at 3:27 pm

This book sounds like the best, please count
me in.


18 Linda November 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I am always open to a historical. This one sounds good because of the circumstances she must overcome. Please enter me. Thank you.


19 Jessica Harwood November 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Hm. This sounds like a really good book! I think that even if I don’t win I’ll try to find it and read it …


20 Deedee November 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I’d love this!


21 Sandra K321 November 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Historical fiction is my favorite type of book. I have always been fascinated with carousels (my favorite is in Sandwich, Massachusetts) and collect music box carousel animals. I would love to read this.


22 Some Lucky Dog November 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I like reading stories set in that time period. Thanks for the chance to win!


23 Benita G . November 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm

This sounds like a fabulous read. I’m really beginning to enjoy historical fiction. Thanks for the opportunity.



24 Wendy November 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book.


25 karen k November 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I enjoy reading historical fiction…thanks for the opportunity to read this one.


26 Hailey November 2, 2009 at 10:44 pm

This book sounds interesting! I’d love to win!


27 Marj M. November 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm

I would like to be entered to win this book. ‘
Thanks for the chance.


28 Jhon Dome November 2, 2009 at 11:51 pm

It’s really nice. I’m really interest to win this book. Would you like to add me? Thanks for the chance ;)


29 Tina L November 3, 2009 at 6:46 am

This book sounds great. Wold love to win it.


30 Nancy November 3, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I also love historical fiction, would love to win!


31 Holly November 3, 2009 at 3:46 pm

The cover is gorgeous and it sounds terrific as well. I’d love to be entered!



32 Tricia November 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


33 rita November 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Delightful opportunity.
Thank you for offering.


34 Megan Martinez November 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Sounds like a great book!


35 Julie Smith November 3, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Your review of this book is great and has me interested. I think that we are all familiar with feeling like an outsider, and have all felt the sting of being unfairly judged and/or accused, so the central character is someone we can all identify with. Thanks for the chance to win!


36 Staci A November 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm

This sounds like such an interesting book! I’d love to read it!


37 Jennifer November 6, 2009 at 12:15 am

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the chance to win!


38 WInning Readings November 6, 2009 at 9:25 am

Looks like a book I’d love to read!

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We posted about this at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/11/carousel-painter.html


39 CherylS22 November 6, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book – please enter me.


40 Stacie November 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Please count me in.


41 Marie November 7, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I would love to read this one!


42 Patti Bright November 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm

This sounds fantastic please enter me


43 Wanda November 8, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I would love to be entered in your draw for this book. Thanks.


44 Jaime P November 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I’d love to read this, thanks for the chance


45 Francine Anchondo November 9, 2009 at 12:18 am

Sounds like a great book.


46 Adele November 9, 2009 at 11:16 am

This sounds like an interesting story. Might even be inspirational to my daughter.


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