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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Miller Narrator: Rebecca Gallagher Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781608145720
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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 home of the factory owner, accusations swirl. Is the handsome young factory manager truly Carrie’s ally or will he side with those who believe she should be fired?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miller’s…attention to historical detail and her convincing heroine make this an enjoyable novel for lovers of historical romances and inspirational women’s fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • “Readers …[will be] entranced with Miller’s latest inspirational …a sweetly charming love story.”


  • “Delightful and entertaining…Miller creates characters that are engaging and places them in a setting that brings readers to the heart of human emotions.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/10/2014

    " This story pointed out how far women have come in finding jobs that suit them and that enjoy not just the jobs they are allowed to have. And I'm so glad that Carry didn't try to be someone she was not join her friend in the "rich" life style of empty headed dressing and tea parties, etc. I enjoyed the story a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clockstein Lockstein | 2/7/2014

    " 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 meets taciturn foreman Josef Kraestner who makes sure that she knows she's not welcome at the factory either, as do the other workers who resent a woman taking a man's job. Throw in an accusation that she stole a valuable necklace from the Galloway home, and Carrie has plenty to keep her busy! Miller writes with a light touch, keeping scenes realistic and the growing romance between Carrie and Josef a joy to read. The main character's growth through faith is carefully written and without pretense or cliche. Carrie and Josef have plenty of chemistry and are the rare couple who I would enjoy reading more about even after their happily ever after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 1/4/2014

    " Decently written but overall I found it boring, predictable and way too preachy for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 12/24/2013

    " 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. Personally, I didn't really like Augusta at all. Wealthy, snobbish, and boy-crazy, I was glad she wasn't the protagonist. Carrie herself wasn't very likeable at the beginning, but she does get better after about three-quarters of the way through. Her constant giggling or laughing was extremely annoying and unrealistic to me. I have never felt a laugh "climb up the back of my throat". The conflicts weren't set up that great, but they did keep me wanting to find out what would happen hence the reason I finished listening to the entire story. The romance with Joseph was sweet, but only after it really began which wasn't until more than halfway through. And the transition from Carrie and Joseph unable to understand one another and kind of antagonistic to them enjoying each others company and walking home together after work was very choppy. There was no build up at all in my opinion. I had no idea (other than the blurb telling me it would happen) that Carrie was interested in him until all of a sudden everything he did made her heart pump hard. Listening to audiobooks has made me aware that trying to write a romantic scene must be difficult! While reading about a kiss, I never noticed anything, but hearing it out loud made me aware of how it really sounds and flows. If it doesn't flow well, reading aloud makes it pretty obvious. (Just a funny little quirk I've noticed and not just in this story.) I don't like being negative, and it was an interesting story. I did enjoy the details of creating carousel animals and painting them! Ms. Miller had obviously done her research in this area. So if you can hang on past the first half of the story (or skip parts of it like I did, I'd skip ahead a chapter every so often), the back half has a little more action and a cute romance. So in conclusion I'm glad I listened to it. Really! I'm sure I won't read it again, but you may like it. I'd just recommend borrowing from the library first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nanette | 12/24/2013

    " Nothing spectacular here. I learned about carousel making. . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/15/2013

    " Yeah, it was ok, but just barely. I kept waiting for it to hit its stride, but it never did. Nothing endears the characters to the readers. I find Augusta particularly annoying. With the connection to carousels one would think this book would particularly enchant. That opportunity was completely missed by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl-Lynn | 12/11/2013

    " This was an enjoyable book. It was predictable but cute. It was a bit slow moving but sometimes this type of book is refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 11/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed Miller's Carousel Painter. It was a unique concept, that of an early 20th century carousel factory. I look forward to more stand alone novels from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosamond | 9/22/2013

    " Great book! Nice plot; nice read. Judith Miller paints a lovely story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennah | 10/2/2012

    " Good story! It had some funny parts throughout the book. I liked that the Author used the carousel factory in the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyson Farmer | 9/24/2012

    " This book was disappointing to me on many levels. No character development, no chemistry, weak mystery, etc! And yet I kept reading?!?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 9/2/2012

    " It was a cute story - but not my favorite Christian based novels. The synopsis was more interesting then the actual story was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Lyon | 5/9/2011

    " It was a good book, just disappointed in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 11/5/2010

    " I've read a few other books that this author co-authored but never a book she wrote alone. It was a good book but nothing to run out and buy tonight. It was fairly predictable but easy to read and entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie Teeling | 9/1/2010

    " Quite predictable but well written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/20/2010

    " This story was an absolute joy to read. I didn't want it to end! The author did a great job of combining the mystery of the missing jewelry and paintings with the romance between the two characters. I absolutely loved the story. Definitely would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mama | 12/12/2009

    " interesting story good read "

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About the Author

Judith Miller is an award-winning and bestselling author of historical fiction. Combining a love of history, romance, and storytelling, she transports her readers to another time and place with her popular series. She currently lives with her husband in Kansas and runs a literary blog with four other historical novelists.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Gallagher is an acclaimed voice-over artist with experience in commercials and audiobook narration. She was nominated for an Audie Award in 2010.