Ruins of Lace

Ruins of Lace

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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 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 know demands an impossible length of it. 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.

A taut, mesmerizing story, The Ruins of Lace explores the intricate tangle of fleeting beauty, mad obsession, and ephemeral hope.

"Stunning...this story is sure to impress."--Publishers Weekly

"A gorgeous wrought tale of two women bound to the cruelty and beauty of a forbidden perfection...Iris Anthony has delivered a stunning achievement."--C.W. Gortner, author of The Queen's Vow

"Exquisite...this is definitely a keeper to be savored. Whoever Iris Anthony is, she's a gifted writer with what is to be hoped is only the first of many wonderful stories to tell."--Sara Poole, author of Poison and The Borgias Mistress
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 22.86mm | 363g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402268033
  • 9781402268038
  • 62,286

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"A great piece of historical fiction and one I can certainly recommend to other fans of the genre." - Nicki J Markus
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About Iris Anthony

Iris Anthony is a pseudonym. The writer behind the name is an award-winning author of eleven novels. She lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area in a house decorated with French antiques and Flemish lace. Learn more about Iris at www.irisanthony.com
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1,363 ratings
3.33 out of 5 stars
5 12% (170)
4 34% (469)
3 33% (452)
2 14% (195)
1 6% (77)

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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 reviewshow more
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