Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony

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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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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
Published October 2, 2012 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 335 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 17th-century France, Flemish lace is desired but illegal, so the smuggling business is alive and well.

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In this stunning debut from the pseudonymous Anthony, King Louis XIII’s ban on lace gives rise to a black market that weaves together the lives of four women in 17th-century France and Flanders. Katha

Jun 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Ruins of Lace


Today, October 16th is the release date of Iris Anthony's new novel: The Ruins of Lace.

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But, as Iris Anthony shows in her novel The Ruins of Lace, there was a period where, in France, lace was illegal – and, as is so often the case when a product becomes contraband – became much more deadly than one would otherwise expect.

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