The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz
Published by Revell Publishing January 02, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Drama, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé 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.
Laura Frantz brings to her readers a historical, complex story of faith, love and sacrifice that they will want to re-read very soon.
Stories that are placed in the Revolutionary War are some of my favorites as I am fascinated with how this country’s freedom was unexpectedly won. With a Militia that consisted mainly of farmers and shopkeepers and leaders that were firebrands and lawyers, they would not have won without their hard-held belief that everyone should be free to live as they liked. Leaders such as George Washington were who would give the people the training they would need to face the mighty British military while lawyers like Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry would give them their battle cries. Laura Frantz begins her story on the eve of this great freedom fight with characters that inspire readers to give as freely, love as deeply and sacrifice all for the sake of those we hold most dear. Lady Elisabeth Anne Liberty Lawson has everything she could ever want – a beautiful home, a wealthy fiance, and the admiration of all she knows. Her father is also a well-known Loyalist who is much liked by the current colonial leadership. But Elisabeth is not as happy as others would think; for one thing, she hasn’t seen her fiance in six months, and for another she is not positive she will ever come to love him given his devotion to gaming rather than her. Enter Noble Rynallt, Patriot, Freedom article writer, cousin to Elisabeth’s fiance and the handsomest man Elisabeth has ever seen. Alarmed by her instant attraction to this enemy of her father’s, Elisabeth sets out to make the best of the time she must spend in his company until her fiance arrives at their betrothal ball. Little does she know that she will soon come to depend on Noble far more than she ever expected. Noble Rynallt is a true Patriot, seeking freedom from a king who wishes complete control over the colonist’s lives. Working alongside Patrick Henry, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Noble is determined to help his fellow countrymen extract freedom even if it costs his life. But meeting Elisabeth will give him pause as he has never truly considered having a wife and family given his dangerous work. When Elisabeth’s world comes down around her ears, it will be Noble who comes to her rescue, providing shelter and safety when all others are questioning her allegiances. Elisabeth soon becomes determined to make her own way in life, using the lacemaking skills her mother taught her from a child. Finding compassion and a new home with unexpected friends in town, Elisabeth mends clothing of the Patriot soldiers and makes lace for their wives’ needs. But when danger comes to her doorstep with rumors that she is a Loyalist spy, Elisabeth will be rescued by Noble once again. This time she refuses to stand idly by and works on a plan to become the spy she is accused of being – but for the Patriots – ensuring that her father and his evil cronies will not succeed in their plans to destroy all Patriot soldiers. Afraid Elisabeth will be unable to defend herself from her many enemies, Noble offers marriage, praying they will move beyond convenience to real love given time together. His prayers will be answered in spite of the many responsibilities that come to pull them apart because there will be far more that will bring them together as a true family at last. I really enjoyed the way Ms. Frantz wove true history into her fictional story. Giving Patrick Henry a voice in this story made him more real and relayed a vein of truth to the main story. I was pleased to see that she also showed how those who stood behind the soldiers on the front lines of battle felt and thought. How much faith it would have required to let your father, brother, sweetheart or husband go off to fight in battles they were ill-equipped to win. And the joyous celebrations that took place when they came home safe each time were exactly as those that happen today. I was also glad to see that Ms. Frantz gave her characters a faith journey throughout the book, one that would teach them deep trust and faith not only in each other but in God to supply all they needed. My only problem with the book was that it rushed the timing a bit towards the end. Given that Ms Frantz ended her book right after the start of the war it made sense to not draw out both Noble and Elisabeth’s prison time but seemed that the last few chapters were hurriedly finished and not complete in their descriptions. Otherwise it was a very good book with plenty of danger, suspense, romance and challenges for faith. I have not had the opportunity to read anything from Ms. Frantz before but I’ve got several of her other books on hold at the library. I can hardly wait to read more of her excellent stories. I will most certainly recommend this story to others and I look forward to re-reading it myself.
I received this E-Book free of charge from Revell Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.