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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Report & Give Away: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Most of you know that Laura is one of my favorite authors. She introduced me to the Colonial era in a way that captured my attention. That time in history holds complex allegiances and The Lacemaker is no exception to the shifting loyalties that rippled through our history.

Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson, daughter of Virginia Colony's British lieutenant governor, expects nothing more than wealth and family social status to be transferred upon her when she weds a landed gentleman. Never mind that she doesn't love him, and he's a snake. Her own dreams are of little impact to the life she might live--or so she thought.

When unrest in the colony sends ruling British on the run,  Williamsburg becomes a hub of volatile revolutionary activity with  Liberty caught in the center with her finance's cousin, Noble Rynallt. With his passion for freedom and her ties to the Crown, Liberty is faced with a decision.

Will the choice that gives her a bright future become the one that places her in the greatest danger and suspect?

<No Spoilers!> Frantz's story is set in May 1775, with a historically well-known character playing a secondary role. Lord Dunmore is known to colonial historians for his role in what is called "Lord Dunmore's War" of 1774 when he urged Virginia rulers to wage war against the Indian nations over land rights to hunt the lands south of the Ohio river in present day West Virginia, Southwestern Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. Because of Lord Dunmore's military campaign, the Indian nations lost hunting rights to those lands and became disgruntled. Unable to agree over the treaties with the British, when the colonies began the Revolution, the Indians used the unrest for their advantages. So when you read Frantz's wonderful story, now you have some context.

And about the LACE?! Is there anything more beautifully feminine through the centuries? Lace in the colonial era was a status symbol for women. The technique is shown here:


You might want to hop over the Washington's Mount Vernon website to hear more about Martha Washington's lace: Martha's Lace

I think I'll have to put Mount Vernon and Colonial Williamsburg on my bucket list!!
I'm not sure I own any lace, but if I did, I'd like it to be Irish Lace curtains for my dining room windows. Anyone have a wish list?

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Readers: (comment for a chance for free copy!) 
Have you been to Williamsburg or Mount Vernon?
What is your favorite Frantz novel?
How many of you learned to sew from your mothers, or wish you did?

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Blog post by Anne Love-
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    1. It was! I couldn't put it down!

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    2. Anne, Your new site is beautiful and so YOU! And I'm happy to meet Kim and others through you. A million thanks for the very generous spotlight and giveaway here:)

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  2. Though I learned some sewing from my home ec teacher in high school, I'm sure my mom taught me quite a bit too since she sewed often. I haven't yet read all of Laura's books, but I've read several and liked them all. I really enjoyed Moonbow Night. Thanks for the giveaway of The Lacemaker.

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    1. Hey Pam! You're welcome. I learned to sew from my mother, but I'm not sure I'd have sat still enough to learn lacemaking!! It looks very tedious! No wonder it was valuable!

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    2. Hi Pam, Thank you for taking time for Moonbow! All that hard KY history was a challenge to write so knowing you enjoyed that one in particular inspires me as I write another frontier story currently set in what is now West Virginia. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. I’m really looking forward to this book.

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    1. Paula, Thanks so much for wanting to read this colonial story! Hope that reading brings Williamsburg back to you:)

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  4. I have visited both Williamsburg and Mt. Vernon. Would like to visit again its been almost 50 years.

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    1. Both are on my bucket list along with Montecello.

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  5. My mom was a great seamstress. She made all my school clothes when I was younger. I never had any interest in learning how to sew. I was to busy reading to take time to see. Thanks for the chance to read the book. I’ve had in on my bucket list since I first saw it. Looks like an amazing read,

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    1. You’re welcome! I had a tough time learning to read, so I was at my mom’s elbow at the sewing machine and enjoyed learning to see with her. I remember playing underneath my grandmother’s quilting stand.

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    2. Your mom reminds me of my grandma who made my clothes, too, and like you I chose reading over sewing. Now I wish I'd paid more attention! Thanks for being here and wanting to read this colonial story.

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  6. I love her books! My mom taught me to sew and do cross stitch. She tried to teach me to crochet but I couldn't do it when I was younger. After I retired a few years ago I taught myself to crochet by watching YouTube videos. My mom, grandma and older sister would all be proud of me. I am sure they are smiling down on me from heaven every time I pick up my crochet needle!

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    1. I can use a machine and piece a quilt but I lose patience for the tidious work of small stitches!

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    2. Hi Theresa, Thanks for your encouraging words and wanting to read this particular story! Love crosstitch:)

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  7. I have not been to Williamsburg or Mount Vernon but would love to go sometime. I live in KS and have not yet made it to the east coast. I've made it as far east as Gatlinburg, TN but that's it so far. Maybe someday!

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    1. Oh you should go East! I guess that’s the advantage of Midwest living—-you can get more places quicker!

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    2. Hi Cheryl, Always blessed when fellow authors like you and Anne make time for my books:) KS is quite a state - love the wide open spaces! And your winter snows!

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  8. Wow! That looks amazing! I definitely want to learn more about lacemaking and read this book.

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    1. Hey Katelyn! Thanks for hopping by!

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    2. Hi Katelyn, Bless you for being here and wanting to read! Lacemaking was such a fun thing to learn about and instill in my heroine. Hope you enjoy the story!

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  9. Been to Mount Vernon and am fascinated by how GW handled the place. Favorite Laura Frantz book? All of them!

    Thanks for your book report, Anne. (Sounds like a Brit or an Australian speaking to you: Anne, love, ...) And the giveaway.

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    1. So appreciate your gracious spirit, Anon:) And for wanting to read this particular story, too. I did manage to sneak GW in though not nearly as front and center as I'd like!

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  10. I started reading the ebook several days ago and I am absolutely loving it so far. I'd love to have a copy to hold in my hands as I still love actually holding and reading the books I love. Never been to Williamsburg, but Mt Vernon was lovely. Love my history!

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    1. Dear Staj, So happy you're reading - thank you! Mt Vernon is truly amazing and has that same wonderful colonial flavor as Williamsburg. Being a print fan, I so understand about wanting to have that book in hand!

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