by Laura Frantz
Published by Revell
Publication Date January 2, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Action/Adventure, Suspense
Setting: Virginia American Revolution Era - US - 1760 - 1789
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-35
Written for: Adult
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.
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The author’s love for the Lord comes through so clearly in The Lacemaker. As Libby faces the various trials in her life, she turns to God and remembers Scripture and prays. And all this pours out of her so naturally. I love how when she was visiting her mother, she turned to Philippians 4 as her guide in how to relate how she was doing instead of causing her more worry than she could bear, whatever is good, whatever is pure…
What could she, a sole woman, do at such a time? Prayer seemed the greatest need they had.
I really appreciated the way the author made the entire story feel as if it was written in the 1700s instead of today. References to objects by terms we don’t use today were not explained for what they are, but used in such a context that I could tell what was meant. And in doing so, it gave the book a more genuine feel.
I gained a new appreciation for, or at least a reminder of, the cost of the Patriots’ sacrifice in rebelling against the King as a result of reading this story. With it taking place in 1775 as the war was merely a shadow looming ahead, and the people trying to decide which sides to take and how to count the cost, it became more real than I think it has in any other story I have read about this time period.
Everything about this book was perfect. The characters, the realistic descriptions of the places and people, the suspense, the fear, the danger. I highly recommend it.
Once alone in the townhouse garden, out of sight of the street, she sought refuge among a small army of plants once victim to the mob. Now rallying in colorful profusion, no longer keeping to their beds, they spilled over walks and crept round corners with independent abandon.
Therein lies a lesson. Perhaps the Lord was showing her how brokenness could become abundance in the days to come. ‘Twas a hope worth holding on to.