The Lacemaker

The Lacemaker

by Laura Frantz

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The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800726638
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 178,721
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, A Moonbow Night, and The Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.

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The Lacemaker 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
DianaFlow More than 1 year ago
With a sweep of her magical quill...er, keys rather, author Laura Frantz has penned another historical masterpiece—fraught with dangerous liaisons, divided loyalties, opulent balls and frippery, and a slowly simmering romance! The lovely Lady Elisabeth is caught between her loyalty to her motherland England, and the charming Patriot who continually comes to her rescue. Never have I met a more dashing hero than Noble Rynallt...handsome (loved that long, soot-colored queue hanging down his back-ahem!), strong, courageous, and willing to fight if necessary for our country's freedom from British rule. Just as the division between the Loyalists and Patriots fan the flames for an all out war in colonial Williamsburg, Lady "Libby" cannot douse the smoldering embers growing in her heart for this radical revolutionary. Savoring the beauty of Ms. Frantz's descriptive poetic prose, I was enraptured from chapter one with the first "pinch of her stays" to the "pale pink peonies" dancing in the wind. I've also dubbed her the queen of romantic tension as I found myself saying numerous times in exasperation, "Would you just kiss her already!" lol An exciting tale of faith, hope, and love amidst tumultuous times that will keep you on tenterhooks throughout—The Lacemaker is a beauty of a novel that will cause your heart to soar to another place and time you'll be sore displeased to leave.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
Oh what a novel to get lost into! Like a finely woven tapestry it had all the beautiful elements of a story to be read over and over. It broke my heart, made me gasp and changed a few of my opinions on parts of our history. Who knew a book could do so much! And I can’t forget the detail oriented, beautifully described landscape also made it come alive. The sweet love that surprises Noble and Liberty is a swoon worthy one that made my heart pitter patter at their discovery and the romance that blooms from it. The author knows how to write sparks between characters! Engaging dialog, mystery and much intrigue made the pages fly by. I was so disappointed to see I was close to the end of the book at one point. I adore a book that makes me feel the emotions along with the characters. Oh the anger I felt towards a few people on Liberty’s behalf! I wanted to crawl inside the story and have a few words with them. I can’t even imagine being in Noble’s shoes during this time in our nation’s history where you didn’t know who to trust or what was going to happen next. It was beautiful how it was all put together and each thread of events turned out. I know I will be reading this one again! Bookshelf keeper!
MrsTina42MR 7 months ago
The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz I love the way Laura Frantz incorporates history into the fictional characters’ lives as if they actually lived within 1770’s Colonial Williamsburg. I enjoyed watching Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson as she matures into a strong woman of character and faith as she overcomes the challenges forced upon her by the conflict. Patriot Noble Rynallt is an honorable man of noble character (he was named well) and a man of integrity. I love his strength and the way he looks out for those in need. The Lacemaker is a suspenseful story of love with memorable and unique characters, betrayal, new beginnings, love and faith. A heartwarming story.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Very good book and loved the romance story
joanhochstetler 12 months ago
As expected, Laura Frantz delivers another heartfelt, lyrical read, while bringing the beginnings of the American Revolution and the setting of Williamsburg, Virginia, and its environs to vivid life. I love how the characters and their individual dilemmas are believably rendered in this story. Elisabeth Lawson, the quiet, fragile daughter of a Tory leader, is abandoned by both her father and her fiancé, forcing her to find her way for the first time, all alone. She finds a courage she didn’t know she had, and amid the fearful challenges she faces, she also finds herself coming under the protection of a truly worthy romantic hero: leading patriot, Noble Rynallt. He is not only a man of noble appearance, but also one of unshakable integrity, purposeful passion, and steadfast loyalty to his country and to those he loves. I was particularly drawn in by the details of Noble’s Welsh heritage, skillfully woven into evocative descriptions of Ty Mawr and Ty Bryn, and I thoroughly appreciate the spiritual insights woven throughout. Well done again, Ms. Frantz!
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
“The Lacemaker” by Laura Frantz is a breath of Historical fresh air. Well written and well researched, the book is set during the time when America was struggling to come of its own. The American Revolution. Intrigue and betrayal weave themselves throughout the story, and in the midst, romance takes flight between an unlikely pair. Once again, Ms. Frantz has delivered an excellent account of what life could have been like in the eighteenth century. If you love history, you’ll love “The Lacemaker”. *I received a complimentary copy for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a ok book. It hopped around quite a lot , I had to re read some pages and the story line was still confusing
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
The classy book cover enchanted me, folks. Plain and simple. It’s what caught my eye and lured me into reading this “new to me” author, Laura Frantz. However, it was her ability to weave words of affection and emotion amidst life changing drama during a volatile time in history that captivated me in this squeaky clean, American colonial historical romance. If you are looking for a hot and heavy romantic read with lusty language, look elsewhere, my friend. You won’t find it here. Instead, we are given a caring, compassionate but brave wealthy Patriot hero who falls for an uppercrust Tory turned Patriot “riches to rags” heroine, whose own courage and determination in the face of adversity speaks for itself. With genteel manners, looks of longing, and subtle terms of endearment, their love story slowly unfolds with a sweet innocence I found refreshing. Though they are engulfed in events destined to change their lives forever, they find courage and strength by trusting in Providence and hope for the future. The author gave an authentic feel to this time period, down to the very sights and sounds, and especially the uncertainty as Tory and Patriot lines are drawn in the sand and sides are chosen. Liberty (aka Elizabeth) is the Abigail to John Adams, the Martha to George Washington, in regards to standing nobly by her man, Noble Rynallt. Though he has her back from the very beginning, you do have to wait until nearly the end for them to become an official couple. Title: The Lacemaker, Author: Laura Frantz, Pages: 416, stand-alone, American Revolutionary historical romance backdrop, Uppercrust Tory turned Patriot heroine, Wealthy Patriot hero, squeaky clean romance, no steamy scenes or lusty language, faith based underlying theme, loved how he loved her, loved his devotion. (These comments are based on a library edition. This is not an ARC review.)
Nettie1 More than 1 year ago
The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz is another amazing novel penned by one of my “must read” authors. Frantz knows how to artfully spin a story that drew this reader in. I found myself in another time and place eagerly turning pages. Her heroine, Elisabeth (Liberty) was brave and industrious, yet entirely feminine. She faces each obstacle with a willingness to serve, even if it means taking on the role of a spy. My heart was in my throat a few times as I worried if she would emerge unscathed…what a story. I adored Noble. His commitment to the cause of our nation’s liberty outweighs all else as he bravely serves its cause. His feelings for Elizabeth/Liberty beautifully unfold and their chemistry is well developed. Another 5 star from Author Laura Frantz.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Do you like historical romance set about the time of the American Revolution? If so the The Lacemaker is a must read. The time is right before the war between England and the Colonies. Elizabeth's father is the Lt. Govenor of Virginia. She has a mother that supports the Patriots. Elizabeth is caught when the turmoil begins. Her home is ransacked, her father deserted her when he fled Virginia, her mother is in England, her fiance' deserts her and she is left at the mercy of the looters. Her fiance' cousin comes to her rescue but he's a Patriot. Elizabeth's father is a Tory. The action will keep you turning the pages. You will find some historic characters making an appearance, you will see how both sides feel and react to the changing times. There is danger, spies, intrigue, a broken engagement, a touch of romance. I discovered Laura Frantz as an author through the Book Club Network. She caught my attention and I've been a fan ever since. She does her research on the era and brings it to life. The characters rub shoulders with the greats but are always on the fringe and still in the middle of the action. The characters show their strength, weaknesses and faith through the trials they go through. I can honestly say I've never been disappointed in any of Laura's books. I've read most of them. I preordred The Lacemaker (as I do all of Laura's books) and no one asked me to leave a review. I bought this book and all opinions are my own. I only leave reviews on books that I truly enjoy. Laura Frantz's style of writing always grabs my attention and keeps it. Not only do I recommend this book I recommend any book by Laura Frantz.
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable and descriptive story capturing the revolutionary pursuit of freedom through faith, courage, and an endearing romance. Ms. Frantz uses vivid settings, well-developed characters, and a tension-filled plot to bring us the story of Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson and patriot Noble Rynallt. It wasn't hard to imagine the life Liberty is dealt or to fall in love alongside her with the man who honors her for more than her position. The idea behind the plot is rich with possibility and it was enjoyable to see it played out. Ms. Frantz does a terrific job including memorable secondary characters who highlight the main players giving the story another level of depth. I would've liked to have seen more of the conspiracy played out between Liberty, Noble, the Patriots, and Tories but overall the story satisfied my love of history, romance, and strong characters.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book to know if it was as good as everyone is saying it is. I can honestly say, they were all telling the truth! I was riveted from the very first page and didn’t want to stop reading. The attention to detail transported me back in time and I couldn’t get enough. Franz made me love the characters and hold my breath in anticipation a time or two. It was amazing being able to visit a time when our country was being formed, and imagine a little what life would have been like. Family turning against each other would be such a difficult thing to bear, yet that’s often how war can be. I can’t wait to see what Franz writes next, somehow I know I need to read it as well. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Alice3770 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this historical, romantic and inspirational story very much. I am hoping for a sequel!
ReviewsbytheMrs More than 1 year ago
Clean romance that is delicate and tender. This novel is a work of Christian historical fiction set during the years just prior to the Revolutionary War. Elizabeth and Noble sit on opposite sides, she the daughter of a man devoted entirely to the King and Noble a freedom loving patriot. They come together through trial and misfortune,ultimately falling in love. But as war lingers and dangers seep close, they might end up having to pay the unthinkable price for each other. The story is a sweet and clean romance surrounded by well researched truths about the colonies formative years. Thank you to @netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review .
sandralb More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz is a one of the best historical romance writers I have had the privilege of reading. You can tell of her love for 18th century Colonial Williamsburg, in the way she writes with such interest and painstaking detail. Once while visiting Williamsburg I saw a display for homemade lace. I remember being awed by all of the bobbins and threads it took to make a few inches of lace. Reading those segments of Laura's novel took me right back there. Her book has suspense, love and in parts I found it quit sad. Yes I cried. I could not read it fast enough. I wanted to find out what was happening next. I did not want to risk missing one single word, so I didn't speed read. You are instantly drawn into the story, location and the characters with Laura. Noble, what an appropriate named character. He was so real, I think I am in love. He has to be one of my favorite heroes. The way he loved Liberty and honored her made your heart putter-patter. I could go on and on about The Lacemaker, but I won't. I think you can see I really loved this Christian, Historical, Romance. This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher and NetGalley. My thanks to them. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
CrystalCaudill More than 1 year ago
What I loved: I will say my absolute favorite part of any story that takes place during the American Revolution or Civil War is the complexities of how families were affected. The relationship between Elisabeth "Liberty" and her family is so complex that I just relish every detail. Her father so wonderfully reflected the Independence Men's view of England while her mother was the independent spirit that refused to be broken. The broken family was such a wonderful symbol of Britain's relationship with it's colonies. I don't know if she meant that symbolism or not, but I absolutely loved it.
 Favorite Character: It is such a hard toss up between Liberty and Noble. Liberty is such an amazing young woman who really grows from the submissive daughter to a woman who learns to fend for herself without compromising her morals. She is brave, kind-hearted, and the woman I hope I would be under such circumstances.
Noble is the swoon worthy hero every romance needs. He is a man who watches out for the needs of others, has a strong sense of obligation and duty to bring this nation to independence, and Welsh heritage makes you want to cuddle up next to him in real life. I won't give away the details, but he is a great leader and a man who will do anything for those he loves. Such a brave man.
 Who would like this: Anyone who love historically accurate stories with love, romance, danger, and self-sacrifice (no one dies). Those who especially love the American Revolution and the complex relationships between the British and those seeking independence.
Rating and Why: I give this story 5 stars. I loved the complexities of the story, the romance that was exciting but clean, and all the historical characters. It was masterfully created and a pure joy to read.
CrystalCaudill More than 1 year ago
What I loved: I will say my absolute favorite part of any story that takes place during the American Revolution or Civil War is the complexities of how families were affected. The relationship between Elisabeth "Liberty" and her family is so complex that I just relish every detail. Her father so wonderfully reflected the Independence Men's view of England while her mother was the independent spirit that refused to be broken. The broken family was such a wonderful symbol of Britain's relationship with it's colonies. I don't know if she meant that symbolism or not, but I absolutely loved it.
 Favorite Character: It is such a hard toss up between Liberty and Noble. Liberty is such an amazing young woman who really grows from the submissive daughter to a woman who learns to fend for herself without compromising her morals. She is brave, kind-hearted, and the woman I hope I would be under such circumstances.
Noble is the swoon worthy hero every romance needs. He is a man who watches out for the needs of others, has a strong sense of obligation and duty to bring this nation to independence, and Welsh heritage makes you want to cuddle up next to him in real life. I won't give away the details, but he is a great leader and a man who will do anything for those he loves. Such a brave man.
 Who would like this: Anyone who love historically accurate stories with love, romance, danger, and self-sacrifice (no one dies). Those who especially love the American Revolution and the complex relationships between the British and those seeking independence.
Rating and Why: I give this story 5 stars. I loved the complexities of the story, the romance that was exciting but clean, and all the historical characters. It was masterfully created and a pure joy to read.
SylviaM More than 1 year ago
Patriotism, liberty, love, and the American dream blend and bind in this work of art authored by Laura Frantz. The Lacemaker, is an exquisite, colonial era novel set in Williamsburg, Virginia. Once again, we travel back in time to a place in American history that leaves the reader desiring to have been there in that period and to have experienced life as our ancestors and forefathers knew. Every time I read one of Laura’s books, I am so deeply engrossed in the story, atmosphere, and realistic setting, that I almost forget real life happening around me. The Lacemaker is no exception. I came out of a daze and realized (in the manner of our friend, Alice, who visited Wonderland) that I was back in my own world and not walking around 18th century Williamsburg. Neither was I enjoying a respite on a riverside plantation. Colonial Williamsburg seems to be a wonderful place in which to live and work. Laura Frantz creates an inviting, boisterous, entertaining atmosphere for the extrovert. For the introvert, we have the town’s foil of the peaceful, relaxing riverside estate, Ty Mawr. Southern hospitality reigns in both of these havens. All isn’t glamorous and peaceful for these souls, though. Over this idyllic world hovers the serious prospect of war. Freedom has to be bought with a price. The American Revolution period is a fascinating time in history. Laura Frantz does an outstanding job of reminding us of what our forefathers experienced and sacrificed to gain their freedom, as well as, ours. Lady Elisabeth Lawson (also known as Liberty), is a lovely heroine. She is fragile and fare, joyful and gentle. I loved her optimism and attitude of thankfulness. Liberty endured some difficult, life-changing circumstances, but depended on God for the outcome. She did her best to rise above, not seek revenge. When she needs strength and steel for a difficult task, she is enabled by Scripture and the Holy Spirit working in and through her. Noble Rynallt, certainly lives up to his name by putting “gentle” in the word gentleman. The Bible tells us to think on things that are “noble” and we will certainly follow its instruction! Noble is handsome, tall, and dark (of course), but those attributes fade to the background. This hero’s character, gracious southern manners, and godly life shine like a light into the heart of the heroine and into the darkness of war. His home, Ty Mawr, is a haven to run to in time of trouble; a heaven in which to relax in time of tranquility. Over and over again, Noble rescues, invites, serves, and loves others. He is a reflection of Jesus. The romantic moments in The Lacemaker are precious treasures we uncover within the folds of the story. There’s a sense of anticipation; waiting with bated breath for each new expression fo tenderness, love, and passion. Beautifully written with delight and decorum. Laced with meticulous detail, story, captivating characters, and historical gems, The Lacemaker, is a novel to partake of with pleasure.
PamDek More than 1 year ago
Good story that moves right along.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! The beautiful cover gives a glimpse at the magnificent story enclosed. As I opened the first page I was immediately drawn into the story. Elisabeth Lawson is a lady of position and all that entails in society by being the daughter of the British Lieutenant Governor for the Virginia Colony. Her mother, who has been very vocal about her political thoughts, is currently in London, but due home at any time. Elisabeth seems like a young woman who has never been given the opportunity to think for herself, but has always followed orders as expected. This character tugged on my heart and reminded me of how far women have come and what those before us had to endure. The author weaves words together that bring the characters and setting to life for me. The characters are engaging, endearing and complex. When Elisabeth finds herself abandoned by her father, penniless and suddenly alone she must reach inside herself and find out if she has the strength to take care of herself. I loved the journey that Elisabeth took to find her true self and love. This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good clean story or a story centered around historical events. I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The author has set this story at the beginnings of the American Revolution and soon we are experiencing it up close and personal, and walk in both Elisabeth aka Liberty, and Nobel Rynallt a patriot, shoes. We wonder for a little bit whether one or both of these people, that the author has made us care about, will live through the turmoil that is falling about them. The setting for this read is Virginia, and we are still under the Kings rule, but the beauty of the area is seen through the eyes of those we now care about. I could just picture Liberty making her lace, what a beautiful talent, and I could see Nobel and his majestic horses, and made me want to live in this area, but with the war looming will it continue to exist as it is? This is a read that would make a wonderful movie, and I felt I was watching as each chapter unfolded, once you pick this one up you will not want to put it down, you will have to know the outcome. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This historical novel by Laura Frantz is a fantastic book! The Lacemaker was the first book that I have read by Ms. Frantz, but it will not be my last! I highly recommend this book! I promise you that you will not be disappointed. The setting is set just prior to the Revolutionary War in Virginia. The main characters, Liberty and Noble, are instrumental in ensuring that what they believe in is important. Many of the events that happened throughout the book seemed to be accurate to the timeframe in which the setting and time of the book was written for. Throughout the book, I just kept wanting to keep reading to discover what would occur next. I enjoyed that this is a Christian novel and that it is a clean read. The story is engaging and entertaining! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It is the second one that I have read from this author. Just like the first book, I enjoyed the description of the time period. Yet, I struggled to find a connection with the characters. This was not for a lack of trying. I did a stop and go about four times and each time I got a little further but still with the same results...no emotional connection to the characters. This is just me. Sadly, I was this was not the case as the other readers really enjoyed this book. I will tell you that if I had found that connection to the characters that I would have been singing praises as well for this book.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
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. This review first appeared on AmongTheReads.net I am grateful to Netgalley, Revell for giving me a copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
What it's about: Lady Elisabeth Lawson has it all for someone living in the Virginia Colony in 1775. Everything at her beck and call. Money. A rich lifestyle. No need for anything. Except love. Her betrothed is a match her father set up for her to bring even more money in to the family. Her heart accepts this as her lot in life. But when things turn for the worse and she finds herself on her own, an unexpected revolutionary, enters her life and her heart is not sure what to do. Follow Elisabeth as she journeys on her own road discovering who she truly is. What I thought: A bit of a slower story, but told with rich vocabulary which tells of the time period this story was written in. Frantz describes the characters and the plot with elegance that you can feel yourself watching from the fringes at the ball or feel the wind from the river while walking through the garden. She weaves a tale that leaves you curious as to what is coming next. The characters are well developed and throughout the book you learn a bit more about the history and tales of the revolutionary time period. Would you like it? This is a great book for any fictional historian! Revell Book sent me this copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.