I enjoy collecting transferware pottery so reading The Potter's Lady by Judith Miller was fun in many ways. Young Rose McKay, fresh from design school is home long enough to help her brother decide on a new family business. Written out of the original family brick making business by a conniving aunt by marriage, the family purchases an ailing pottery business in hopes of turning it into a profitable enterprise.
Rose is wooed Joshua Harkness, son of a family friend who is managing his father's pottery. He is quick to offer his help to turn the business successful, while seemingly able to spend much time away from his own business affairs.
Rylan Campbell seemed to be heir apparent to the ailing pottery and through the goodness of the McKay family continues to work at the pottery upon their purchase. He is slow to trust Joshua Harkness and wonders how his business continues to thrive when McKay Pottery is losing business reasonable contract bids. He has his suspicions but can he prove them?
Rose and Rylan collaborate on a design project that could secure the business of all Franklin Hotels. The contest has two distinct design projects that require them to work together for the good of the company. Determined to win the contest and Franklin Hotel's business, they run into a few snags that may take the prize just out of their reach.
The story is engaging and gives you a glimpse into an industry that seems to be lost in our country today. Artisans worked on lovely pieces for the home that have been passe down through generations. We take this work for granted when we can purchase things online or at the big box store. But just over a hundred years ago, people depended on these factories for their livelihood. I applaud the author for her research and for an engaging story.