When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?
Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.
Laura Frantz is an auto-buy author for me. She is a truly talented historian and storyteller. My thoughts:
What I liked:
History. Frantz always wields the sword of history so well. Every aspect of her book is expertly researched from the beginnings of the American Revolution down to the clothes each person wore. Without feeling like I was in a history class, I learned about lace-making, class issues, the Patriots, the Tories, spying, various historical figures that were real, etc. Not once did it feel overwhelming. Instead, I felt like I had a front row seat in a historical moment in time.
Liberty. Liberty becomes a real person almost right away. You learn her hopes and fears and what makes her tick. She’s a fully developed, complex character. And yet, still one that the reader can trust.
The hero. You can’t find anyone much better than the hero. I did wish he had moved faster in regards to some things, but he was a man of strong character and kindness…a typical Frantz hero.
The romance. The romance develops out of a friendship that can be found amongst the pages. There’s nothing rushed here and nothing complicated.
Spiritually, the main characters pray, seek God, and learn to trust Him in hard times.
What I Didn’t Like
This is not necessarily a plot driven novel (though it has a plot!). It’s a character driven novel. That means that sometimes it felt a bit slow.
Romantic scale: 8.5
Overall, a lovely novel as usual by Laura Frantz. If you’ve enjoyed her other novels this one is not to be missed!
**I received a copy from Revell. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**