The Lacemaker

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The Lacemaker
Laura Frantz
Revell

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.

     This book was what I'd call a "gentle" read. It had its moments of suspense, but ultimately it was a quiet (though pleasant!) read for me. I'm an American girl, of course, but I'll be the first to admit that books set during the American Revolution tend to be terribly biased and oversimplified; thankfully, this one was a bit more nuanced. Perhaps not as much as it could have been, but it was more even-handed than other books set during the time period I've read have been. The pacing was a bit uneven, and some of the plot elements didn't work for me (The whole thing with Libby's mother didn't seem to fit naturally into the story), but I still liked the book.

     Libby was a refreshing heroine: feminine and family-oriented, but with an unexpected inner strength. Her relationship with Noble was sweet, and I was rooting for their relationship. I also enjoyed the setting of Williamsburg- after all, being that American girl, Felicity Merriman was my first Colonial heroine.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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