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The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Landmark
Lace is a thing like hope.
It is beauty; it is grace.
It was never meant to destroy so many lives .
The mad passion for forbidden lace has infiltrated France,
pulling soldier and courtier alike into its web. For those who want the best, Flemish lace is the only choice, an exquisite perfection of thread and air. For those who want something they don’t have, Flemish lace can buy almost anything––or anyone.
For Lisette, lace begins her downfall, and the only way to atone for her sins is to outwit the noble who now demands the impossible. To fail means certain destruction. But for Katharina, lace is her salvation. It is who she is; it is what she does. If she cannot make this stunning tempest of threads, a dreaded fate awaits.
The most lucrative contraband in Europe, with its intricate patterns and ephemeral hope, threatens to cost them everything. Lace may be the deliverance for which they all pray...or it may bring the ruin and imprisonment they all fear.
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Every once in a while a historical fiction title will catch my eye. This one did and thank goodness the publisher also entrusted me with an honest review.