Friday, January 12, 2018

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

About the Book
It is the eve of a new age of freedom in the colonies.
But can a proper English lady dare hope for her own independence?
Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson has nearly everything a lady of her position could want. Daughter of the British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony and a darling of fine society in a rugged land, she is anticipating an advantageous marriage. That her betrothed is a rake and love is lacking is of little consequence--or so she tells herself.

Though her own life seems in order, colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiancé's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Those with connections to the British nobility are suspected as spies, and Liberty soon finds herself left with a terrible choice. Will she stay true to her English roots? Or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?

My Thoughts
Yet again this author blew me away! The historical detail is seamlessly woven into every fiber of the story and transports the reader back in time. I have always been a bit enamored with the American Revolution (and one needs only to glance at my the reading and writing habits of my school days to verify that) so it’s always a treat to find beautifully crafted stories set in that era. And this book was nothing if not beautifully crafted! It’s a decently large book at about 400 pages and I finished it in a day, unable to put it down.
And now to talk about the heroine and the hero. Noble lived up to his name in every way-a true hero. The quiet way he was always there to help, seeing need and immediately doing what was necessary and often going beyond, but also knowing when to step back. I don’t think there was a thing about him that I didn’t admire! Elizabeth, or Liberty as she later chose to be called, was definitely admirable too. As the daughter of a staunch Tory father and a Patriot mother she was pulled in both directions, but as events play out she begins to see which cause is the right one. I appreciated how even though she was abandoned by friends and family alike she didn’t wallow in it. Instead she took the skills she had and found a job and even though it was hard and endless she did it without complaint.
Noble and Liberty’s relationship developed slowly but steadily, their paths continuously crossing an unlikely friendship developed into love. A timeless kind of love that just kinda took your breath with its simple beauty

Everything about this book was brilliant the writing, the characters, the romance, the historical parts, and I loved every part of it and highly recommend it to all historical lovers!

Meet the Author
Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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