Review: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Who was Elisabeth Anne Lawson. . . When the history books were printed and gathered dust, what would be said of her?"(9)

Title: The Lacemaker
Author: Laura Frantz
Publisher: Revell
Release Date:  January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Inspirational Fiction
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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?


Laura Frantz has the coveted ability to weave a story of romance, history and life into her books. Her latest, The Lacemaker conquers the stigma of historical novels that have more to do with historical accuracy or simply not enough. Rich in historical details, and not at all like an information dump one feels in textbooks, this story brings to life Williamsburg during the heat of the start of American political thoughts leading towards the Revolutionary War.

The Lacemaker is not a history book, but a historical romance with characters to root for, and even characters to despise. Williamsburg's bride, Lady Elisabeth Anne Lawson, also known as Liberty was left to fend for herself during a time of uncertainty for those with British ties. No one came to her aid, but fear not, for readers will quickly fall in love with our hero, Noble Rynallt.

"Before she even twisted her head around to look at his face she identified the unmistakable scent of him - a distillation of new broadcloth and sandalwood worn like a brand."(49)

I loved how Liberty found herself amidst all the change around her. Liberty's courage, strength and tenacity gain traction slowly but surely. It was such a pleasure figuring it all out with her through the pages.

"She needed to just be. . .Liberty. Free. Enterprising. Independent. Beholden to none.."(117)

Like lace, The Lacemaker is layered with intricacies, yet just as beautiful.  It's the type of story that builds and builds, just as readers will turn page after page until the last page, when it culminates to a convincing and satisfied end. 

"Oh Lord, thank You for such beauty. New possibilities. Blessed memories of old. Protect us. Lead us. Please.."(82)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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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

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  1. Wonderful review! I really, really need this book!

  2. Loved reading your review on "The Lacemaker". I definitely want to read this book.

    1. Thank you Kay! I hope you'll. Get the chance real soon!

  3. I have to read this book. It sounds great!

  4. I love Laura's books! I can't to get this one!

  5. Exceptional review, Annie! Laura's books are such exquisite masterpieces!

  6. Great review. I need..need this book. 😘


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