First Line Friday — The Lacemaker

3 Jul

Happy Friday! To kick off my Independence Day celebration, I downloaded the audiobook of The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz about a week ago. Set in Williamsburg in 1775 with historical figures to compliment the fictional story, I thought it would be perfect to welcome the 4th of July.  I listen to audiobooks during my morning walks and while doing chores around the house. I still have 3 hours left — more ironing anyone?



Elizabeth took a breath, breaking an intense hour of concentration.


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.

Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. When she’s not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California. Foreign language editions include French, Dutch, Spanish, Slovakian, & Polish.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at


Anyone else have some patriotic reading going on?


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3 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Lacemaker”

  1. bellesmoma16 July 3, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first couple of lines from Molly by Sarah Monzon: I’m currently on chapter 6, so I will share from there.
    “An eighty-hour work week — that’s all the hospital was allowed to work the interns and residents per the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. But when I’d gently reminded Dr. Feinburg of that fact after he’d assigned me to continue care for the patient admitted earlier, I’d been loudly and matter-of-factly put in my place.”
    Hope you have a great weekend filled with family fun and relaxing reading time. 😀❤📚

  2. Paula Shreckhise July 3, 2020 at 8:14 pm #

    My first line this week is from an Appalachian Summer by Ann Gabhart:
    May 20, 1933
    Piper Danson’s cheeks hurt from smiling for what seemed like hours with no relief in sight.
    Excellent book as always from Ann.

  3. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) July 5, 2020 at 8:53 pm #

    Today, I’m sharing the first line from A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy: “Nora Shipley’s ears buzzed as though a thousand bees were trapped inside her head.”

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