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about the book
When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?
Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.
I am a puddle of reader satisfaction! That’s right… The Lacemaker melted me and I couldn’t be happier about it! Oh, happy sighs and shameless fangirling! Now, I really need to get my hands on a print copy of this book so I can HUG it!!! (Laura Frantz, I owe you an extra big hug next time we meet!)
Lady Elisabeth Lawson, born and bred colonial and daughter of the King’s lieutenant governor, finds herself at a tenuous crossroads when she is abandoned by both her father and her fiance. Now up until this point, Elisabeth has lived a plush life (for a colonial) mostly untroubled by politics besides the who’s who of polite social conversation. So as much as I was tempted to get aggravated with her for her stance (or lack thereof), I really just admire her for making the best of her situation, taking up her lacemaking and moving forward! You go, gir–er–Lady!
Our hero is Noble Rynallt, Welsh-born American Patriot (as in risking his neck by signing his name, Patriot with a capital P! Respect!) His qualities are admirable across the board in his roles as a hardworking estate owner, a lawyer, and a government official. Noble lives his life by faith and with integrity and compassion. He is adorably quiet yet has the uncanny ability to capture hearts and melt unsuspecting ladies with a single term of endearment (that’s swooooony with an extra ooo! 😍)
The kid gloves are off as the author presents the good, bad, and ugly on both sides of the Revolutionary conflict. However, the impending battles fade to the background as readers become invested in the lives and loves of the characters. As always, Laura Frantz brings the past to life with vivid, compelling, and heartachingly beautiful storytelling. I’ll be contentedly sighing over this story for months (at the very least), it is going in a place of honor on my all-time favorites shelf, and I highly recommend it!
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
about 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.
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