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About the Author
Aimee Lilly has been a voice actor for over twenty-five years. Her voiceover experience ranges from radio drama and video to nearly two hundred audiobooks in a wide variety of genres. An Earphones-award-winning and Audie-nominated narrator, she is one of five readers for the new Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience recording of the New Living Translation. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- Publication date : January 2, 2018
- File size : 8157 KB
- Print length : 418 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Revell (January 2, 2018)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0741F5SGH
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #90,163 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm not particularly familiar with this era of American history so I'm not sure how accurate all of the details are. But, I was incredibly mesmerized by it. I was intrigued by this build up to the war and the events that lead up to it. Frantz does a beautiful job of re-creating that snapshot in history.
My only wish is that some of the scenes played out just a little longer and in a little more detail. This is rare for me. Often I'm complaining about how authors should have cut a scene and the meticulous detail by half. But, this was such a wonderful story I just wanted more of it! Truly a book not to be missed.
Likely one of the best books you'll read all year. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.
So Elizabeth was reared in a house divided. Her betrothal to Miles Roth has been arranged by her father solely for his own strategic purposes since Miles - although unprincipled and of slovenly character - is nonetheless a Tory.
Perhaps it should have always been more obvious to me than it was, given that the Patriot cause is usually - and perhaps rightly - romanticized in American retrospection, but innocents were sometimes caught up in violent actions of Patriots. Such is the nature of war. This reality leads to the destruction of Elizabeth’s beloved home, along with the life she has known since childhood.. That event is a pivotal experience for Elizabeth, who soon renames herself Liberty (I love the name). We have a window into Elizabeth’s inner person in the pathos of her return to her spoiled townhouse in Williamsburg and her emerging thoughts as she goes about the town, and - as her allegiance firms in the Patriots’ fight for independence - in the difficult, even dangerous, decisions she makes, trading privilege and plenty for hardship, risk, and an uncertain future.
Early on, she meets Noble Rynallt, a kinsman of her betrothed and a close associate of the uppermost leaders in the independence movement, and is drawn to him although it appears certain that nothing will come of her attraction. He proves to be a man equal to his honorable name and becomes Liberty's benefactor several times. Although reciprocally attracted, Noble never shows ill-borne intentions toward Liberty. Many a story of budding love is ruined by the author rushing the romantic angle, sacrificing a good story for the sake of it, but Ms. Frantz in this and every historical novel, avoids elevating romance to the top tier of the story.
The story’s primary connection to a historical character is Patrick Henry - a well-known name in America for his famous “liberty or death” speech as a delegate to the Second Virginia Convention in Richmond. Ms. Frantz created a robust character in keeping with the firebrand Henry showed himself to be in real life - outspoken to the point of being overbearing and controlling - fiercely devoted to the Patriots’ cause.
Ms.Frantz makes good use of peripheral characters, like Lady Charlotte and the inscrutable Dr. Hessel, whose affections and loyalties cannot easily be known - perhaps even to himself - until late in the story. And the same may be said of Cressida, Liberty’s flighty and flirtatious friend (so to speak). Liberty’s mother is herself somewhat peripheral since she appears only briefly, but is important in numerous references.
The author has an outstanding eighteenth-century vocabulary and the ability to employ words to convey both the story line and emotions. The narrative is smooth and perfectly paced as it switches between scenes of the action, with poignant chapter and section endings inviting one to “read on.”
Something about The Lacemaker is a little different from Ms. Frantz’ earlier novels. I have been trying vainly to find a word to describe it since reading the first chapter, but it eludes me - texture, granularity, taste, color - I'd like to express it but no word captures it. If I think of it, I’ll amend this review. In the meantime, I recommend The Lacemaker as equal to the best of Ms. Frantz’ earlier novels.
Lady Elisabeth struggles to find her place in Colonial Williamsburg at the first start of the Revolutionary War. Her own father becomes an enemy. She is left homeless and penniless, relying on mending clothes and using her talent of beautiful lace-making to make her way alone in the world. But she is not alone; she has her Heavenly Father to watch over her. And, also, she has a handsome, tenacious, kind, and loving Patriot to join in the watch. He calls her by the Welsh name Anwylyd, which means beloved. Their love story is tender and joyous. This book sings with historical detail and details of all kinds. No one can describe a scene, setting, costume, or character as well as Laura Frantz! I give this book 5 out of 5 Stars ~ I wish I could give it more!
Top reviews from other countries
It's so good I don't even know where to start. First, the writing is brilliant. It is well modulated, and you can tell the author has put a lot of research and time into developing the story. Second, the characters are everything. To be honest, these are the sorts of things you'd expect from any decent book, but I've found myself reading quite a bit of subpar writing recently and this really makes me appreciate quality when I come upon it.
Then there's the story itself. It is so sweet that there were moments I actually felt an ache in my chest over the scenes unfolding. Delicately delightful. the story is intricate and beautifully woven together - much like the lace that the heroine (Libby) makes within its pages. I do have questions (**spoiler alert**) about the results about her espionage though. It seemed like Noble (the hero) never passed on the information gleaned and that's one untied end for me.
To top all this off, it is a book strongly- centred on God. There are so many watery, almost half-hearted attempts at Christian romance that fall flat and either try to skirt around issues of faith or just flat out miss the mark entirely. This one hits the bulls-eye on many counts. I will stop raving here and just say that I highly recommend this author and will probably be purchasing more of her books.