Poetic prose, engaging story, extensive historic details, and powerful characters bring Laura Frantz’s beautiful novel, The Lacemaker, to life…and impress it into the memory of the heart.
I’ve come to expect a lovely read when Laura’s name is attached to the cover of any book, and her newest release (new for me) did not disappoint.
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? (from the Publisher)
One of the things I enjoy most about the way Laura describes her characters’ relationships is her subtlety. She has a wonderful way of weaving words in a such a turn that the reader knows and feels what is happening between the characters, but she doesn’t necessarily explicitly say. It’s a delicious discovery. The attraction between Noble and Liberty (great names, btw) lingers in between the words of the pages so the discovery is as sweet for the reader as it is for the characters. Their romance is a timid and innocent pursuit which grows from mutual admiration into love.
The Lacemaker has so many delightful elements sprinkled in – humor, tenderness, intrigue, suspense, history, and, of course, MY favorite…. romance. Liberty grows into her name with the dawning of the Revolutionary War. From dependent and resigned to her fate, to independent and willing to risk her life for what is right, she takes the hard knocks the tumultuous times deal her – the dangers, betrayals, and rejections – and blooms into a vibrant woman with as much strength and hope as the blossoming ‘new country’.
And Noble? Noble doesn’t change a great deal, but that is also what makes him so endearing. An upright, brave, and dashing revolutionary, his gentlemanly ways and tenderness woo the heart of the reader as he woos the heart of Liberty. His protectiveness, gentleness, and desire to do the right thing make him a hero worth remembering – and very worthy of his name.
The Lacemaker is a fabulous combination of Noble intentions and daring Liberty.
This is another wonderful addition to my Laura Frantz library and…Noble might just be up there in my heartwarming heroes list with Red Shirt. That is HIGH praise indeed.
About the Author
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, A Moonbow Night, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.