The Ruins of Lace

The Ruins of Lace

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By (author) Iris Anthony

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  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Naperville
  • ISBN 10: 1402268033
  • ISBN 13: 9781402268038
  • Sales rank: 739,375

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But for Lisette, lace begins her downfall, and the only way to atone for her sins is to outwit the noble who now demands an impossible length. To fail means certain destruction, both for her and her beloved. For Katharina, lace is her salvation. If she cannot make this stunning tempest of threads, a dreaded fate awaits - if only her sight wasn't beginning to fail her - Lace may be the deliverance for which they pray - or it may bring the ruin and imprisonment they all fear.

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IRIS ANTHONY is a two-time Christy Award finalist and the author of eight Christian novels. A graduate of the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris, though she currently lives in the DC-metro area.

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By Jessica 22 Oct 2012 3

Before reading this novel I didn't know that lace was ever outlawed anywhere. Now having read this book, I realize why and how anything could be forbidden under the right circumstances.

The book follows seven different point of views and weaves their tale together. While not all of the seven ever meet, they all have an effect on the others and the way their story runs. There is even a dog that we get to read about and his point of view was both my favorite and the hardest for me to read.

The number of different people we read about makes it difficult to have any ties to them, to feel anything for them, to connect with them. The dog was the only one that I felt one way or the other about, but I can't determine if it's because it is a helpless animal in this plot or because of what he goes through. I might have liked the story better if I felt that connection to the characters in the story, but the story itself was interesting and a lesson in history as well.

ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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"Overall, The "Ruins of Lace" is an intriguing historical novel with a toughness that might surprise, given its subject." - Portland Book Review