Jan. 1, 2018

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

***** 5 stars

Choosing Sides: Precarious Life in Pre-Revolutionary America...

 

In 1775, Elizabeth Anne Lawson is a young colonial lady of great social standing. Her father is Lord Stirling, Lt. Governor of Virginia, loyal to the crown and the Church of England.
 
As we meet Elizabeth, she is about to be married to a man of her father's choosing, Miles Roth. However, Miles is a womanizer and a gambler. As a direct result of Miles's foolish ways, Elizabeth meets Noble Rynallt, his distant cousin. Rynallt is sent to escort her to Miles' and Elizabeth's engagement ball because Miles is indisposed.

The more Elizabeth sees of Noble, the more she realizes he lives up to his name, compared to her fiancé. However, he is fighting against all her father stands for. Herein lies another issue, as Elizabeth begins to realize her own parents stand on opposite sides of the Tory/Patriot debate.  

I am so glad I did not live during this time period. Both sides compellingly used Scripture to support their beliefs and actions. Life was uncertain and not guaranteed if one was caught and proven treasonous to the other side. 

Some great quotables:
"You cannot dictate honorable conduct." (Hmmm...probably true today?!)
"God hasn't forgotten us, Isabeau. There's been no revolution up above, remember."

While The LaceMaker is a departure from Frantz' late writings of the Kentucke wilderness, I look forward to more in this vein. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are solely my own.