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The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller
February 14, 2010, 6:04 pm
Filed under: Bethany House, Fiction review

About the book (from

After her father’s death, artist Carrie Brouwer moves to Collinswood, Ohio, where she accepts a job in the carousel factory owned by her friend Augusta’s father. On her first day, she discovers she’s the only woman in the plant, and the men resent her—especially the manager, Josef Kaestner. Can she win his respect—and perhaps his love? 352 pages, softcover from Bethany.

My Review:

The Carousel Painter starts with a promising and uncommon theme, a young girl moves to the states from Paris after her father’s death and is offered a job as a carousel horse painter. Unfortunately, after this initial set-up the events that follow are all too familiar. A so-so romance, trial after trial for our heroine, and a lacking mystery. The mystery spurred me to continue reading, but the resolution was anticlimactic and predictable. It was tied-up just in time to have the perfect happy ending for the love story. Sometimes the subject matter and vernacular were spot on within the historical period, and other times, a slight bit off.  Carrie was a great protagonist, but the other characters were a just a little flat.

I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn’t quite do it for me. All-in-all it could have been better, but neither was it a waste of time. If you like this genre, read it,  but if this genre is not your cup of tea, it wouldn’t be my first suggestion.


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