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The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
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Aug 25, 12

bookshelves: 2012
Read in August, 2012

First line:

"It had been two months now."

Interesting book with eight different view points, including a smuggling dog.

Lace is illegal and worth more now than ever. Used as bribery, smuggled into France and made by nuns, Flemish lace is precious.

I really liked all the different points of view and how they came together in the end. I'm not sure I liked or understood the ending. But the journey was intriguing. I had a hard time putting the book (ereader) down.

The book starts with a nun who is a lacemaker; her sister wants to buy her freedom; a soldier is charged with finding illegal lace but is an idiot; a desperate boy whose love is taken in exchange for lace; the count who needs the lace; the dog who carries the lace. And that's not all!

The story is as intricate and woven and tight as the Flemish lace that has so many lives and dreams riding on it.

An interesting time in history that I hadn't ever heard about. Very interesting!

Rating: PG

S: No; innuendo's about homosexuality, whores

L: No

V: Fights


Learning some history from 1636

The Dog


How lace ruined everyone
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