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The Lacemaker

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,817 ratings  ·  564 reviews
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 i
Paperback, 413 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Revell
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Deanne Patterson
What drew you to this book? Was it the cover,the synopsis,the author,the reviews? For me it was all of them. Just when you say to yourself that you've read all of Laura Frantz's books and they were excellent and she couldn't possibly do it again she takes the Christian fiction world by storm and turns out another masterpiece! Lacemaker Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson has been making lace since she was five years old. Her world has been turned upside down with her fiance turning his back on her a ...more
The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz brings to mind words that I don’t use in ordinary conversation – decadent, sumptuous, exhilarating – decadent romance, sumptuous historical detail, and exhilarating events captured my imagination with ease. In previous books, Frantz has proven that she has a strong knowledge of frontier life, with all the dangers and beauty that come with it. In this story, she takes on the time leading up to the American Revolution, bringing readers to colonial Williamsburg, Virgin ...more
Melissa Tagg
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could. not. stop. reading.

I loooooove Laura Frantz's writing and The Lacemaker reminded me just so completely transports me. It's gorgeous and lilting and perfect. I loved watching Elisabeth / Liberty transform in this story. I found myself inwardly cheering for her as she grew in strength and resolve. And of the best heroes I've read in a long time. The two things I loved most about him: How important hospitality, especially to people in need, is to him...and his sacrifici
5/2020: I really don't recall much about this book except what annoyed me. Original rating 4 stars. Dropped to 3 stars "good" because of the sour memories.

Original review:
An absorbing and atmospheric story, set in colonial Williamsburg at the outset of the Revolution. The Tories are threatened by the Patriots, and emotions are running high. All Elisabeth Anne Lawson is supposed to be concentrating on is her imminently-approaching marriage to Miles, a local landowner, a trusted Tory.

But Elisabeth
Katie Hanna
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings, y'all. I enjoyed most of this book; but the second half ran into the shallows and couldn't seem to get out. *sigh*

What I liked:
- A+++ worldbuilding. I seriously mean that. The author did a fantastic job making Revolution-era Williamsburg feel real and lush and tangible--which, let's be honest, I hardly ever feel when I read because most literary description leaves me cold. I'm infamously picky about this stuff :-P Trust me when I say this one was good. Sunsets, flowers, scents,
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Wow. This is a book that kept me thinking about it long after I finished. The pace is somewhat slow, but steady as the characters are developed and events occur that lead us to the heart of the story. The historical details are ones to savor as the world of Colonial Virginia is richly laid out and I felt like I could step right into the setting. It was fascinating to witness the shift Elizabeth experiences from opulence to desperate circumstances, although her faith prevented her from feeling tr ...more
Oh my ... A completely exquisite novel from Laura Frantz! I love this author's writing style, and I love stories set in colonial America. So getting my hands on a copy of The Lacemaker, a romantic tale set in 1770s Williamsburg, Virginia, was a treat! It was beautiful, gentle, exciting, and yet steadfast.

Elizabeth - Liberty - was a wonderful, feminine heroine. From genteel lady to working woman, she faces loss, illness, and danger as she struggles to find her place amidst the turmoil in Williams
Carrie Turansky
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story! I enjoyed this trip back to Virginia in the 1700s. Laura's research brings the world of Colonial Williamsburg to life. The characters are memorable and unique. Well done! ...more
I kinda feel bad for giving this beautiful book such a low rating (given that I was really hoping it'd be a 5-star book for me), but unfortunately I found it very underwhelming, and did not derive much pleasure in reading the last half or so.

But let's begin with the positive.

What makes The Lacemaker a good book:

* I don't care how many times I hear the "don't judge a book by its cover", I 100% do and a beautiful cover is always an incentive for me to pick up the book. Which is exactly what happ
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Laura Frantz has a beautiful writing style. Both main characters were lovely and noble. Reading The Lacemaker was a brief visit to colonial Williamsburg. The author does a great job of creating the mood or feel of the setting.
Rachel McMillan
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

For the love of freakin' turtles.

What do we even do with a book like this? Apparently, I can only just slosh a bunch of thoughts together with little cohesion, so settle in.

What I want to do is have the words at my disposal to give it douse it with the lauds and laurels it deserves. But it was such a whizbang of a finger-tip-tingling-exuberant experience that I don't know if I should try or just GUSH the HECK OUTTA IT !

So basically, here's the thing: EVERY TIME I READ A LA
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-challenges
Now this is what I call a beautiful Christian historical romance!!

Let me start with my personal challenges:

1. I'm not a big historical fiction fan. However I have decided to step out of my comfort zone this year. So as this book was on sale and a buddy group was reading, I thought I would give it go.
2. Not being a big fan of historical fiction the "'Twas" and the old language used was extremely difficult for me at first. So I started by reading a few chapters a day.
3. I had no previous knowl
It's hard to know where to even begin. There's a gentleness about this book-in the writing style, characters, and storyline.

I was hesitant about this book at first, because of the synopsis. I'm not a fan of bad father stories, so I was a little hesitant. Much to my relief, I found it written well. Yep, he was a bad father, but not just because he asked Liberty to do a couple things she didn't want to. I'm impressed with how deep the characters motives run. I was surprised with how the story pro
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
RT Top Pick for January 2018
Frantz once again pens a novel so rich in historical detail that readers will become immersed in the setting and time period. The sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere of 1775 Colonial America are beautifully woven into a captivating romance story. And ah, the romance! The relationship development between Elisabeth (Liberty) and Noble causes both sighs and goosebumps as it progresses. There are many instances of peril, deceitful actions and surprises that keep the sto
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Noble is without a doubt, the BEST hero I’ve ever read in a book!
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
This was a truly mesmerizing story. Lady Elizabeth Lawson is the daughter of one of the Lords of England who is part of the ruling Tory government of Virginia. Genteel and pampered, she has lived a life of ease and wealth spending her days sewing, lacemaking, and partying. Noble Rynallt is a Welsh descendent with a large Virginia estate who finds himself in league with the Patriot independence seekers and is compatriots with George Washington and Patrick Henry. When things being to explode betwe ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adore every book written by Laura Frantz. Much to my delight this lovely book arrived in the mail early! I have met Laura and after meeting her it makes me love her books all the more, she is the sweetest most down to earth lady! Anywho, this book is wonderful! I LOVE this time period of 1775 and the characters are very well written. Elisabeth is such a unique character, I am not sure how to explain but she is not what you would expect. Honestly, I felt pretty convicted after reading this book ...more
The cover of this book grabbed my attention and when it was on sale I purchased a copy.

The historical facts in this story is detailed and very accurate. Top that with intriguing plots, characters you can love and some twists, and you have a great Historical fiction.

Why then the 3 stars? I struggled to get into the story for the first half of the book. It just went so slow for me. There was some references I didn't get with my limited historical knowledge, and after I googled that, it made a lot
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Therefore my harp is turned to mourning and my flute to the sound of those who weep."

Daughter of the wealthy British lieutenant governor of Virginia, Lady Elisabeth Lawson has never truly known the meaning of the name her mother once loving bestowed upon her; "Liberty". Impending nuptials manage to consume nearly all of her attention, even though her groom has been noticeably absent; humiliating both of them by sending his cousin, Noble Rynallt, to escort Elisabeth to a lavish betrothal celebra
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every time I finish a Laura Frantz novel I immediately feel bereft. As if a visit with an old friend has come to an end and I’m sad to say ‘goodbye’. Whether you’re a long-time fan or first-time reader, Frantz does not disappoint. Historically rich and heart-tuggingly sweet, this story will weave its way around your heart and leave you with a bittersweet but satisfied sigh.
In 1775 colonial Williamsburg, Lady Elizabeth Lawson’s world has been turned upside down. The nation is wrought with divided
Warning: This book is going to hit you in the heart more times than you can count. Be prepared for giddiness, but also tears. I have warned you, so read at your own risk.

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 terr
Sarah Monzon
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweeping tale with amazing historical detail! The beginning of the book started out a little slow for my taste, but layer upon layer was served up into a delicious story that leaves the reader satisfied. Noble was definitely a swoon-worthy hero in my eyes (I think I have a thing for heroes that use terms of endearment in another language) and Libby grew into a gentle strength that she wasn't aware she possessed at the beginning. I've always wanted to go to Colonial Williamsburg and that desire ...more
Jocelyn Green
The Lacemaker is everything we've grown to love about Laura Frantz's books, with an extra dash of suspense, intrigue, and drama. I was swept from a fine English townhome in Williamsburg to a Welsh estate along the James River, to a colonial tavern, and even to a prison ship. This novel is full of heart and history, demonstrating a wonderful blend of both. Once again, Frantz proves herself to be a master storyteller, using words like a painter uses the brush: lovingly, skillfully, and for the ren ...more
Andrea Boyd
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noble Rynallt is just… perfect. Seriously, I can’t think of one area in which he lacks. Well, maybe one. He was a little slow starting the, um, honeymoon, but I’m sure that was for the benefit of the reader.

This isn’t the first time one of Laura Frantz’s heroes has ended up on my Book Boyfriend list, and I doubt it will be the last. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe I have given one of her novels below five stars. I love how she brings history alive.
Susan Snodgrass
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Her heart-her whole heart-turned over in such a poignant rush that all strength seemed to leave her."

Colonial Williamsburg is 1775 is a dangerous place to be. Loyalties are divided and war is on the horizon. Lady Elisabeth Lawson, daughter of the British lieutenant governor, is on the verge of marriage to a man picked out by her father. Even though her life seems in order, the times are explosive. Her fiancé's cousin, Noble Rynallt is a Patriot and Elisabeth soon finds herself with some touch d
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It look me a long time to get through this book cause of life but oh, what a joy it was to read!! Having had vacationed in Williamsburg last spring helped me really be able to imagine that time.🥰 The middle of the book slowed down a bit for me, but by heavens the later chapters really picked up pace! I loved the love story between Noble and Liberty and enjoyed watching their romance blossom. To no surprise, I absolutely love anything by Laura Frantz. Our mutual love for colonial America doesn’t ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
The Lacemaker was a satisfying historical read. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed the romance greatly.

The beginning of the book was a little tough for me. I'm not sure if it was some of the language that took some getting used to or just that I had to get familiar with the setting/characters. Regardless, I felt that the story continued to get better and better as it progressed...and when I got deep into the story, I enjoyed it immensely.

There were many little things that I liked abo
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Black and white. That's how Elisabeth Lawson's world can be described at the beginning of the book. Everything in her life is determined by her father - who she'll marry, where she can go, where her loyalties are. He's taken her freedom, her happiness and her mother away from her. There are few spots in her life where her father hasn't shown his fisted demanding hand. Basically, her music, her lacemaking, her gardening, and her faith. And, once her world is completely torn apart, each of these i ...more
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Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Vi ...more

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