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The Carousel Painter

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  594 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Without the means to support herself after her father dies, Carrington Brouwer receives the opportunity to use her artistic talent at her friend's father's carousel factory. But the men at the factory are not happy that a woman has been given the very desirable job of painting the elaborately carved horses. When mishaps occur at the factory and jewelry disappears from the ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers (first published August 13th 2009)
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SUMMARY: Carrie loves painting the beautiful carousel horses...but can she stand strong against the many who don't want her to keep the job?

When Carrington Brouwer receives the enviable job of painting carousel horses for a factory in Ohio, she believes her future is secure. But after an expensive necklace disappears from the home where she's been staying, she's caught up in a search for the truth that puts her entire livelihood--and her developing relationship with the factory manager--at risk.
Feb 01, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it
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Why did I wait forever and a day to read The Carousel Painter?! This book was FABULOUS! I l.o.v.e.d. it!!! The story was sweet, gripping, and well-paced; not super fast, but never did it lag. The characters were engaging and well developed, and the mystery was intriguing- if slightly predictable. The growth and charmingly unique setting made up for it. Judith Miller has a lovely and clear way with words, and I really enjoyed the German accent she gave Josef- it was adorable and totally grew on m ...more
Mix the sweet promise of a carousel factory with the spunk of a heroine who must make her own way, and you might think the end result would be a heartwarming story perfect for moments of escape. Unfortunately, you would be wrong. All the elements are just a little off: the romance is flat, the characters are uncomplicated, and the mystery never is. I can't understand why authors continue to create "good" protagonists who are beset by large numbers of simultaneous trials just to have circumstance ...more
May 04, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok
I loved the premise of this book, and it was a fast, lighthearted read that held my interest... barely. As I often find in 1st POV, the plot felt flat and the pace dragged at times because there was much forced "telling." I don't particularly mind that the mystery was predictable, but the way it was rushed to a speedy conclusion left much to be desired. I also didn't completely buy the romance between Carrie and Josef -- whose dialogue was wildly inconsistent and often came across as more Swedis ...more
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“Carrie loves painting the beautiful carousel horses…but can she stand strong against the many who don’t want her to keep the job?
When Carrington Brouwer receives the enviable job of painting carousel horses for a factory in Ohio, she believes her future is secure. But after an expensive necklace disappears from the home where she’s been staying, she’s caught up in a search for the truth that puts her entire livelihood—and her developing relationship with the factory manger—at
Aug 21, 2009 M— rated it it was ok
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This really wasn't a bad book, but I never would have touched it if I had known it was Christian lit. My rating is mostly contingent on my feelings for that genre, and I suspect that people who like reading Christian lit would very much enjoy reading this book.

But me? No. Carrie is just so passive. She wanders to a new country by an act of invitation. She ventures into employment by another invitation. She roams over to a new place to live by suggestion. Her plan to avoid making waves at work is
Jeanette Blackson
Feb 14, 2010 Jeanette Blackson rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Tracie Peterson and have read all her books thus I was looking for a new author to pick up to keep me busy reading. After reading the Broadmoor Legacy Series (co-authored by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller) I decided to try a book by Miller. I had heard good things about Miller's newest book...and I was not disappointed. Since Miller co-authored her first few books with Peterson they have a very similar writing style.

The Carousel Painter was a fantastic book! Set in
Margaret Metz
Feb 15, 2010 Margaret Metz rated it really liked it
You know, God has a way of weaving every aspect of our lives together in ways we would never expect. I just had a long conversation about about how people read these romances in order to escape the every day troubles they face and yet... let me be transparent with you once again... this book captured me in a way I had never thought possible.

It's not the first time it's happened. I think Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss was the first one that spoke to me where I was at and encouraged me
Aug 23, 2010 Gale rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book because it was on sale and the title drew me in. I am fascinated with carousels, so how could I not buy it? I really hesitated because I figured it would be another run-of-the-mill Christian romance novel. I was very wrong! This Christian novel has strong, realistic characters who experience real-life emotions. It has enough mystery to make it a page-turner, and I was fascinated by all the facts about a carousel factory. I was thrilled to read about the steps, time, effort, ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Judith Miller is an author I have encountered when she co-authors books with Tracy Peterson, but I have never tried one she wrote herself, and I'm very glad I did. The carousel factory and the work that goes on there is a wonderful, unique setting, and the other elements of clean romance, mystery, and the growing faith of the main characters make it hard to put down. Carrie's giggling got a tad bit annoying, but it also made her a real person with weaknesses and flaws. The outcome of the mystery ...more
Jeannette Garcia
This book was well written. I was interested in the idea behind the story; however, I found that the actual plot lacked substance. It seemed a bit rushed about halfway through the book. The author spent a great deal writing scenes in the carousel factory and less time developing a solid plot. I figured that the romance would happen between Josef and Carrie, however, I was surprised at how brief their romance was. I can't even recall when they actually fell in love. Although this wouldn't be amon ...more
Ah, a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of the other historical fiction titles I've read this year. The story was unique, the characters were interesting, and the "conversion scene" wasn't there! The main character learned about God in a natural, realistic fashion rather than a sudden light bulb moment.

I can't give the book four stars, as it's not something I would own or reread. Other reviewers noted that the giggling was annoying. I believe Miller was trying to give the main character a u
Ann Gabhart
Oct 09, 2009 Ann Gabhart rated it it was amazing
Everybody has fond memories of perching on the beautiful horses on a carousel and going round and round. Reading this story was just as much fun. The characters were interesting and the background even more so. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into a carousel factory. Judith Miller has a way of transporting her readers into another era and then telling her story in page-turning fashion. A little history, a good dollop of romance and a side dressing of mystery made this story a good read.
Deborah Necessary
Jul 16, 2014 Deborah Necessary rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it was set in 1890 in a small town in Ohio, an era I love. Carrington Leigh Brouwer is an orphan who accepts an invitation to visit one of her father's art students that she met while they were living in Paris. Augusta Galloway, Carrington's friend, is vastly differnt from Carrington, she has everything a girl could possibly want, while Carrington must work for a living. Carrington accepts a job in Mr. Galloway's Carousel factory as a painter. She is the only female employee a ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Ginger rated it did not like it
Carrington is psychotic. She is mean and every character tells each other to pray whenever anyone is upset about anything. There is a total lack of go getter attitude, just passive wait and see. There is a whole "pride is bad" theme throughout, but what the author calls pride is just inflated self worth. You can have pride in an accomplished task without thinking yourself the best in the world. The mystery was disappointing because the author introduces a new character intsead of using another p ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: standalone, romance
I received this as an ARC. I hadn't realized (through my fault or the publisher's, I don't know) that the book was a Christian fiction piece. Oops. I'm really not a fan of the genre, though I did read a lot of them growing up (deconverted in the meantime). But, I'm a fair person, so I read it anyway, comparing it in my head to other works of Christian lit I read growing up. So, ignoring my philosophical quips, how's the book? Miller is a good writer on the sentence level. It was definitely an ea ...more
Dec 09, 2009 Carly rated it really liked it
When Carrie Brouwer’s artist father dies, she decides to move from Paris to Ohio where her friend Augusta lives with her wealthy family. Carrie is not well received in her new town, perhaps it is because she is the only woman working in a carousel factory painting horses. The men in the factory resent her presence and their wives want this young, single woman to stay away from their husbands. When Augusta’s mother finds an expensive necklace missing, fingers are pointed at Carrie. Carrie must le ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Nov 18, 2009 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it
The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller is a delightful historical romance. Carrie Brouwer has returned home to America after her father's death in France. The two of them had lived in Paris, both practicing their beloved art of painting while he taught student painters to make ends meet. She moves in with her friend Augusta Galloway, but quickly discovers that she is not a welcome guest but a unwelcome pest, so she takes a job painting horses at Augusta's father's carousel factory. There she meet ...more
Anna Rebecca
So often I find myself disappointed by Christian fiction. The reasons are many and varied. Thankfully this book avoided most of the pitfalls. I will say that I really liked how this book weaved Christian topics into the story. Instead of just mentioning the characters were people of faith, the book actually touched upon things that we as Christians deal with on a daily basis. It was nice to see the author actually make daily Christian struggles, such as controlling anger and trusting in God even ...more
Lisa Houlihan
May 07, 2013 Lisa Houlihan marked it as abandoned
Each attendee at a performance of "Carousel" (at the Goodspeed Opera House, woot!) was issued a copy of this book. I (who dislike Rodgers and Hammerstein) received my copy from my friendneice, who had no use for it because she is 10.

One indication that a book is dreadful is that brand new copies are given away indiscriminately. A copy on every seat of a (weeknight) event means it doesn't sell in the lobby (also it suggests vanity publishing).

The (lack of) cover design was the second sign that n
Oct 28, 2012 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, where to begin? I was really hoping I'd like this one. Unfortunately it fell short for me. It's not a bad book, but there were too many things that didn't flow well together. From the very beginning, we're told that Carrie and Augusta Galloway are good friends yet I could never find a reason why Carrie held so tightly to her friendship with Augusta. The person Augusta was painted to be prior to the novel's beginning and what I actually read did not even seem like the same person at all. Pe ...more
The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller is Christian novel telling the story of a young woman who goes to work at a carousel factory working as a painter. Being the only woman employed at the factory, she endures many difficulties in her job brought on by both the men at the factory and their wives who resent having a beautiful young woman working with their husbands. However, she forms a friendship with the head carousel painter who teaches her more about how to live as a Christian. She also form ...more
Feb 14, 2010 Rebornbutterfly rated it liked it
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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 end ...more
Wilani Wahl
Feb 25, 2014 Wilani Wahl rated it it was amazing
Great historical fiction read about one of my loves–carousel horses. It was wonderful to get a glimpse inside a carousel factory. In addition to that setting, I loved the fact that the story is also all about living the Christian life every day of the week and not just on Sunday. It also shows the importance of being a testimony to others in the work place. The book also had a mystery to solve. This book is definitely worth of five stars. It will be a book I will want to read again.
Patty LeBlanc
Feb 20, 2011 Patty LeBlanc rated it it was amazing
Twins Enoch and Taylor arrive in Gooding, Texas, having been signed on as a veterinarian and doctor respectively. Unfortunately, the town got more than they bargained for in Taylor because she's a woman. The town was taken aback, fully expecting both of them to be men. Being 1892, they don't take this very well at all. The only way to get into their graces is to prove her abilities, which she has opportunity to do very quickly with Karl Van der Vort. She has to doctor him emergently and is able ...more
Pam Wiebe
Mar 15, 2014 Pam Wiebe rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Judith Miller.
I enjoyed her writing style, it is an easy read, and the characters (well some of them) are likeable.

Other reviews indicated the story was too predictable, it is predictable, but was still enjoyable.

I don't normally read historical romance books but even though this was set in 1890 I did enjoy the story.

I will definitely look for other books by Judity Miller.
Rebecca Young
Feb 20, 2015 Rebecca Young rated it liked it
Recommended to Rebecca by: Heather Rodriguez
A good book -- The story takes place in the late 1800s, and is an historical Christian work of fiction. The information shared by the author in regard to the manufacturing, production, and painting of carousel horses and other animals was quite interesting. There is no wonder that these pieces are of value in the world of antiques today.
Mary Anne
Jan 04, 2010 Mary Anne rated it liked it
This was another perfect choice to read through the holidays. It was a light read, but had an interesting story line along with some historical background concerning the creation of carousels and the hardships of women entering the work place in that ppoint in history. It was easily read over several days of traveling - a perfect airport read. It did seem that problems were solved in a relatively short period of time and everything works out very easily for Carrie. I did not realize it was Chris ...more
May 03, 2014 Monica rated it liked it
This was so cute! This was a lot different than all the historical/romance books I've read so far, I'm glad to have had something different! I actually really liked this form of Christian literature, I'm a huge fan of it, but I really really enjoyed it a whole lot.
Jun 26, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
I love carousels! So a big part of why I liked this book was the fact that the story has a carousel factory at the center of it. it was an interesting read about a young female artist who secures a job painting carousel animals in a factory full of men in the 1890's. She fights against the prejudice of the men who don't want her there and the antagonism of their wives who resent her presence at the factory.

An expensive necklace disappears and Carrie seems to be implicated in the theft. She know
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 21, 2014 06:11AM  
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Judith McCoy Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her husband make their home in Topeka, Kansas.
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