1941, Estonia. As Stalin’s brutal Red Army crushes everything in its path, Katarina and her family survive only because their precious farm produce is needed to feed the occupying forces. Fiercely partisan, Katarina battles to protect her grandmother’s precious legacy – the weaving of gossamer lace shawls stitched with intricate patterns that tell the stories passed down through generations.
While Katarina struggles to survive the daily oppression, another young woman is suffocating in her prison of privilege in Moscow. Yearning for freedom and to discover her beloved mother’s Baltic heritage, Lydia escapes to Estonia.
Facing the threat of invasion by Hitler’s encroaching Third Reich, Katarina and Lydia and two idealistic young soldiers, insurgents in the battle for their homeland, find themselves in a fight for life, liberty and love.
I haven’t read historical fiction for what felt like forever, and The Lace Weaver sounded like the perfect way to get back into the genre. World War Two is my favourite time period to explore and I was drawn into this story by the promise of something I’d never even heard about, let alone read in fiction. I was rewarded with a beautiful, touching tale among the best historical fiction I’ve found. Read More