The Ruins of Lace
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... show more
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 For more information visit www.ruinsoflace.com
Publish date: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
, 17th Century
My rating is really a 2.5 as the style of writing is not my cup of tea but didn't negate that this was an intriguing novel though a bit on the fatalistic Bruegel's Fall of Icarus feel to it.This novel is written from the first person perspective of several characters simultaneously with very differe...
Lace is a thing like hope.It is beauty; it is grace.It was never meant to destroyso many lives.I won this book from a Sourcebooks giveaway. It had been on my to-read list at goodreads and I was so happy to have won it. Lace is forbidden and yet everyone wears it and wants to wear only the best: Flem...
An intricate and confusing hell of a mess just like lace gone wrong. There is some sort of pensive beauty in this novel and very dramatic flourishes in the end (you either die or get rich!), however that synopsis you've just read? It's nowhere near the real thing.First of all there is an overabundan...
.99 today on kindle and I think nook
Iris Anthony’s The Ruins of Lace is an expertly weaved tale of ambition and greed, love and loss, and the injustice of the powerless.After her mother’s death, Katharina Martens was taken in by the nuns at the abbey at Lendelmolen. Aged was seven, she was taught to make lace. Twenty-five years later,...