Monday, April 23, 2018

The Lacemaker

GIVEAWAY
FRANTZ, LAURA
THE LACEMAKER

It is the eve of a new age of freedom in the colonies. But can a proper English lady dare hope for her own independence?

Lady Elizabeth "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 a love is lacking is of little consequence - or so she tells herself.

Though her own life seems in order, colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiance's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Those with connections the the British nobility are suspected as spies, and Liberty soon finds herself left with a terrible choice. Will she stay true to her English roots? Or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?

My Review:

Oh, let's just cut to the chase and start with the hero since I'm that twitterpated over Noble. Fainting couches, fans, smelling salts - a full stock of swoon recovery items are a definite necessity before embarking on this historical romance. Because Noble is one of the most romantical heroes I've ever encountered in fiction. And he really does live up to his name. Patriotic. Idealistic. Decent and kind. A man who doesn't take faith for granted. A true gentleman back in the day when that actually meant something! I could go on but I'm in danger of melting into a puddle as I relive those exquisite moments of Noble murmuring Welsh endearments in my...er Liberty's...ear. Thud - and pass the smelling salts please.

Then there's Liberty -- on the verge of entering into a loveless marriage, ever her father's obedient pawn. A sleeping beauty in need of awakening. Love the parallels between her personal quest for independence set against the backdrop of a nation's quest for freedom.

Frantz blends fact and fiction into a vibrant story that brings history to life. Real life heroes take their place on the page next to fictional ones as she delivers a rich, multi-layered tale of faith and freedom.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Lacemaker, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title in the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 29 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

42 comments:

  1. This was a fantastic story, the first book I read in 2018, and I loved it so much! Everything you said in your review is so true. Noble's name is a perfect fit too ;)
    I live about an hour from Williamsburg and have walked those streets many times, so that brought this book to life for me, literally and added an extra dimension to the story. I don't reread many books, too many new ones waiting in the wings for that, but this will be one of those rare books that I will revisit!

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    1. How exciting that you've walked where Noble and Liberty walked! And doesn't Laura Frantz do an amazing job at creating atmosphere? I always feel like I've time traveled when I come up from reading one of her books.

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  2. I've been dying to read this book, Kav. So excite to see you're offering it in a giveaway! Fingers crossed big time to win! :)

    ckbarker at gmail cot com

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    1. It's a book to anticipate for sure. Good luck, Cheryl.

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  3. The 1st book I read in 2018 as well. What a way to start out the New Year with a bang! Frantz is the creme de la creme of historical romantic fiction IMO! I get weak-kneed everytime I read her books. I'm sure you understand, Kav. ;-)

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    1. Since I'm still in recovery mode, I totally understand! lol

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  4. What a great story! I would sure love to meet Noble! Have a great day! Thanks! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You certainly would! Good luck, Melanie!

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  5. I am trying to read new to me authors this year, but if I won this I would make an exception. I have loved each of Laura’s books that I’ve read!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- you can't forsake your old favourites for the new-to-mes, Patty. You'll just have to read faster so you can stay current and make new author friends. :-) Good luck!

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  6. Don't enter me because I fell in love with Noble a few months ago! Isn't he just swoon worthy?! Laura is amazing at writing with emotions and scenes that you can drown into. :) I didn't want this one to end!

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    1. And how perfect is his name? I wonder if that was a snap of inspiration or if it took some time percolating? I agree about her mad writing skills -- every single word counts and contributes to the overall magic. Thanks for sharing the Noble love, Susan.

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  7. Dying to read this. Fingers crossed, prayers said. 🤗
    Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It's sooooooo amazingly wonderful! Good luck, Lucy.

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  8. I have only read 1 of her books so far but enjoyed it. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She's an exceptional storyteller. Good luck, Kim.

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  9. I, too, read this and loved it!

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    1. Man, y'all beat me to the punchline with this one!

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  10. This was one of my rare "for fun" reads recently! Laura is one of my favorite historical writers and she proves it again with The Lacemaker :-)

    I'm told if you like this one, you will love "A Refuge Assured" by Jocelyn Green about another lacemaker. Which by the way, is one in my list!

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    1. Ohh...good to know. And how unusual to have two lacemaker books out at the same time! Must keep an eye out for A Refuge Assured.

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  11. I have a copy of The Lacemaker in my TBR pile. Your review has convinced me it has to be next in my reading.

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    1. Oooohhhhh...yes, yes, yes...read it next!!! Lucky you!

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  12. WOW, I love your review. Thank you. I love historical romances. This sounds drool worthy. And the parallels between her personal quest for independence set against the backdrop of a nation's quest for freedom, sounds like this author really know how to write a story. Must read. On my to buy list. quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. Thanks, Lori. And yes, those dual freedom threads make this a super special read. Very clever. Good luck, Lori!

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  13. I really enjoy how Laura Frantz writes. This has been on my wish list for a while. I’d love a chance to own it. Thank you.
    ttmom42 at gmail dot com

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    1. Her books aren't to be missed. Good luck, Terressa.

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  14. I've wanted to read this for so long and haven't had the chance yet. Looks REALLY good!

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    1. It's a must-read! Good luck, Elly.

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  15. Our church library readers love her books.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. She's a favourite all round. Good luck, Janet.

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  16. I love Laura's books.
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. LOL I love it when you get giddy over a hero! ;)
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Bwahahaha! I love it too!!! Good luck, Nicole.

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  18. This book is calling to me! I love the cover and it sounds so wonderful! Plus, Laura Frantz is one of the sweetest ladies ever!! (Is that enough exclamation marks?)

    whthomas13ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Laura Frantz seems to bring out the !!!! in us. :-) Good luck, Winnie.

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  19. I have been wanting to read this one. Would love to win. THank you for offering the chance. amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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  20. What a beautiful cover! Looking forward to this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladysnowangelphotos(at)gmail(dot)com

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