Wow, what a beautiful story! I just recently read my first Laura Frantz books and loved them (the first two books in the Ballantyne Legacy). So I had a feeling I would love this one as well, and I did—so very much!
Ms. Frantz has such a way of writing and describing detail that transports the reader to colonial Williamsburg. Her setting is so well written that it takes on a life of its own and almost becomes as important a part of the story as the characters. I don't typically prefer the setting of colonial Williamsburg, but I love it when Ms. Frantz writes about it! I could feel the tension of a Williamsburg that is on the dawn of Revolution. She has a way of writing about history so that you learn a lot and still enjoy an amazing story!
"The Lacemaker" also has characters that the reader will fall in love with. The two main characters are on opposite sides of the political spectrum when the story begins. It is fascinating reading from the two different political viewpoints. I never thought I'd feel sympathy for a Tory, yet I came to see that there are bad guys both among the Patriots and the Loyalists/Tories. Elizabeth (also called Liberty), is our heroine, who has a strong faith. Her example of continuing to pray and seek God, even when her world falls apart, is an inspiration to me. She is even able to find something to be thankful for and thanks God, when everyone has deserted her and she has lost her home. I also like the cameo appearances and references to men like Patrick Henry and George Washington.
Ms. Frantz writes an incredible story, one I wish I had had when I was first learning American history. She makes history come alive. I came to love the setting and the characters! This is a must read for lovers of historical fiction, American history and romance!
Content: I would give this book a PG rating for some minor content. Some examples of the content are: reference to a woman’s daring décolletage, talk of drinking and gambling, a man is drunk, there are almost naked slaves and a brief description of the brutal way they are treated when being auctioned, a reference to the pleasures of marriage as opposed to being celibate and men smoke tobacco.
Rating: I give this book 5 stars!
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical; Romance.
I want to thank Laura Frantz, LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Revell for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
About the Author:
I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.
My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.
I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.
It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
I hope my books bless you.
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