Book Review: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

the lacemaker laura frantz book review

The synopsis on the back of the book:

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?

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
  • Published: 01/2018
  • Pages: 416
  • Goodreads rating: 4.43 Stars
the lacemaker laura frantz book review
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
— Declaration of Independence

Why I Chose This Book

I always love a good story set during the American Revolution. If not for our forefathers, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have today. It's always interesting to read one's perspective of that time. 

First Initial Thoughts

Elizabeth is a daughter of a lieutenant governor on the English side. She is about to be married to a man named Miles. At first, I didn't feel a connection with Elizabeth. Her character seemed kind of flat. She was so focused on her wedding and parties going on. However, I think Laura did this on purpose. On the eve of her wedding, her townhouse (and many other Tory's estates) were ransacked and taken over by the Patriots. If you remember in history class, when we won the war, the English fled during this time- because they could be marked with treason. Her father and her friends fled during the night - leaving her. 

Speaking of Elizabeth's father, he was not a very nice father. He abandoned her, her maid, and her mother that is about to arrive on a ship from England. He also put her mother in an insane asylum when her mother arrived on shore. Simply because she was misunderstood. Mental Illness was not known yet, but it was clear she suffered depression. No doubt, because her husband was not a nice man. 

Not only her father abandoned her, but Miles broke off their engagement because he didn't want anything to do with a Tory. I really didn't like him anyway, so I was grateful for that. ^_^

Noble took in Elizabeth and her maid when there was nowhere else to go. Even though he was Patriot and she was a Tory. His name is the perfect example of his personality. 

I also liked the cameo's of George Washington and Patrick Henry. 

Setting  

Laura did an amazing job recreating Williamsburg during the American Revolution. She thoroughly researched the time and period of .the late 1700s. With her research, you could definitely imagine the streets of Williamsburg, the estates in the story, and everywhere else Laura included in the story. 

I want to protect you, but I do not know how. I am not your husband nor your suitor, simply a concerned friend.
— Noble

Final Thoughts

At first, it took me a while to get into this story. I think it took about 80 or so pages until it picked up. And even then I was still trying to get used to the dialogue. I think it's awesome, however, that Laura included accents of French, Scottish, and English. I like when authors do that- it seems more authentic and genuine. 

However, after a 100 pages or so the story just picked right up. Elizabeth's character grew on me. She surprised me time and time again. She continued to provide for herself and prove that she didn't need anyone to support her.

Noble started off as kind of the "perfect" guy. He was always doing the right thing. But as the story progressed he endured trials of his own. I appreciate it when authors do this because we are not all perfect and sometimes we have to experience hard times to grow and learn. I also think without Noble, Elizabeth wouldn't be able to see things from the other side and realize that there are good and bad people on both sides. 

What I also really liked about the story is the romance between Noble and Elizabeth. Laura also went over the difference between lust and love. She pointed out that the two had an attraction towards each other at first, but over the course of the book it grew to love. I appreciated that they both started out as friends. 

The reason I gave it four stars is that it was a little too drawn out. I think she could have shortened it a little bit. But overall, it was a story that I very much enjoyed. 

Would I Recommend? 

Yes. I think anyone would enjoy this book. Especially those that are interested in this particular time period. 

 

Thank you for stopping by to read my review! I hope you enjoyed!

Have you read this book? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

the caffeinated bibliophile