The Lacemaker

Written by Laura Frantz
Review by Diane Scott Lewis

In Williamsburg, Virginia, on the eve of the American Revolution in 1775, Elizabeth Lawson is set to marry the man her Tory father picked out. Her fiancé gambles and drinks, so his cousin, Noble, a Patriot, escorts her to her betrothal ball. His kindness is a sharp contrast to her wastrel of a beau. Animosities between Tories and Patriots heat up, and Elizabeth’s father flees with the governor, her betrothed deserts her, and she’s left penniless in an enemy city. Resourceful and proud, Elizabeth—though raised a lady—finds work as a mender and lace maker. Soon her father contacts her and demands that she spy for the Tories. Confused in her loyalties, she needs to choose sides and come to terms with her attraction to Noble, who tries to assist her in her destitution.

Frantz paints a good picture of Elizabeth’s plight, her determination, and her predicament being caught between warring sides. Her strong faith keeps her going. The romance with Noble is not rushed, a breath of fresh air. Action scenes are glossed over; the novel’s pace is often leisurely. A few anachronisms: doorknobs should be latches, and the guillotine wasn’t invented yet. Elizabeth sleeps in the bushes instead of her townhome, which she has access to. However, she is a character to root for in this sweet and enjoyable Christian romance.