Age Range: 14/15 and up
Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is the belle of Williamsburg, Virginia, with the most dowry of any other girl. She does everything her British Lieutenant governor father tells her to and even accepts marriage with a man of her father's choosing. Lady Elisabeth tries to excite herself for her new life with a man she does not know or love, but she accepts that she will have to go through with the marriage no matter what, or so she thinks. Williamsburg is on the verge of breaking off ties with England and becoming their own country, and Elizabeth seems to find herself in the middle of it. Liberty's fiancé's cousin Noble Rynallt is a rebel and will do anything in his power to start the revolution. When Lady Elisabeth's life turns upside down, the only person willing to help the daughter of a Loyalist is Noble. Still, just as Elisabeth starts to put her life back together, she is suspected of being a spy. Can Liberty join Noble and become a rebel, or will she stay faithful to her father and the King?
The Lacemaker is an astounding and well-written romance for adults that I just loved! When I read the book, I felt like I was there, smelling and tasting everything that Liberty and Noble were smelling and eating. I learned so much history about this period in such a short time in a way that I enjoyed! The story itself was original and creative, so much so that I had no idea what would happen next during any time of the book, even the end. Lady Elisabeth, known by Liberty by the end of the book, was the perfect lady of her time. She was poised, elegant, and beautiful. During most of the book, I kept thinking that I would be having an emotional breakdown like every five seconds if I were her. And then there was Noble Rynallt. The way I felt towards him from the beginning to the end of the book is totally different. At first, I didn't like him at all, but by the end, I loved him. I can't tell why exactly, but that is just the way I felt.
Elisabeth and Noble together were, in my opinion, kind of weird for a book. For the first half of the book, they went from not knowing each other to sort of friends, and then in the second half, they were in love with no in-between. At. All. I definitely feel like the author could have done a better job of making them fall in love and not just go straight to it. I will put The Lacemaker under the Catholic/Christian category even though Elisabeth is Angelican and Noble, I think, is Prespetarian. There is talk about God and faith, so I feel like it should be under this category even though they are not Catholics. I enjoyed this book, and I hope you all do too!
Things To Mention: Elisabeth gets married and is physically intimate with her husband, but there are pretty much no details, and it is just implied. There is some fighting, and a building is burnt down. A character gets kidnapped. There are some kisses with little to no details.
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