Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Reviewer's bookshelf: "The Lacemaker" by Laura Frantz

Book Summary (Goodreads):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?

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. 

My thoughts.... I'm seeing a lot of strong female characters in several of this year's upcoming novels. In The Lacemaker, Elisabeth transforms from a very dependent woman...oppressed by her strict, overbearing father...into "Liberty," a woman who discovers who she truly is: a woman of courage, independence, and resourcefulness. Her stubbornness was frustrating at times, but it added to her humanity and allowed her to learn and grow as a character. Her journey takes many different directions...I loved the plot twists!

And then there's Noble Rynallt. First of all, I love his name! Laura Frantz named her characters in this novel perfectly. While Liberty is searching for freedom in many forms, Noble is the strong and steady hero. In faith, he prepares a place for Liberty to be in his life without knowing what their future will hold. He is also willing to give up everything for those he loves for the sake of freedom. So much depth to this story, not to mention romantic tension at its finest, and so much detail that you feel like you stepped right in to the 18th century.

In the New Year, I'm going to add a little "takeaway" at the end of my reviews. Something that I can take from this work of fiction and apply to my own life. My takeaway from The Lacemaker: no matter how hard things are, we can stand strong and have courage. Our liberty is not in how strong we are in our own strength, but in the strength that God gives us to press on towards the goal He has for each of us. 

Be sure to check out The Lacemaker as well as the other amazing novels by author Laura Frantz. Happy Reading!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher so that I could share my honest thoughts, which I did.*