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?
I’ve enjoyed the previous historical novels by Laura Frantz that I’ve read. Williamsburg is on my Bucket List of places to visit.
It’s 1775 and, despite the unrest in the colonies, Elisabeth Lawson has almost everything she could want. Now she waits for her rebel-leaning mother to return from England in time for her wedding. But overnight, her life changes when the British governor of Virginia evacuates Williamsburg, along with her father and other loyalists and she’s left behind. Now, she’s reliant on the kindness of the patriots who’ve taken over the town, including Noble Rynallt who proves to be a better man than his cousin.
The Lacemaker is a story of rags to riches in reverse. There’s tension and romance, happiness and heartbreak. There are scenes of gaiety at loyalist balls, and scenes of horror aboard the British prison ships. You’ll definitely form an opinion on at least a couple of characters: I know I did with regard to Elisabeth’s father and maid! There are cameos by some of the Founding Fathers, and those who don’t appear at least get a mention with more than a passing familiarity. Above all, this is a tale of two people of faith and prayer coming together in an uncertain period of American history.
This was a novel I really enjoyed reading. In fact, I’d have loved this to be a series so I could watch these two grow as the Revolution progressed. What might have happened to Elisabeth and Noble, and those they knew, once Independence was declared? Instead, I must be content with this snapshot in time.
Thank you to Revell Books for my complimentary copy of The Lacemaker, which I received for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 02 January 2018
Page Count: 416