The latest book published by Cactus Rain Publishing has me quite excited. The Lacemaker's Daughter was written by Diane Keziah Robertson without the heavy syrup of show-offish historical detail. Keep in mind that I've read this book 20-30 times in the last year; from manuscript to publication.
Yet, Diane has me, the reader, sitting outside a thatched-roof cottage in Devon, England with Susannah and involved in her life within minutes. Before I knew it, I was fully anticipating the day she got her first pair of [used] boots after walking in the snow barefooted.
Like any mother, when Susannah does something impulsive, I think, "No! No, don't do that!" And when she does something wise or brave beyond her years, I think how proud her mother would be of her.
Even though Diane's sister's research found Susannah, a child lace maker, in their family tree, the Susannah in the story isn't real in historical context. But I forget all of that as I read this delightful, inspiring story and get lost in the lives between the pages.
The book is available now. This is a book you'll want to read again, even if you never read books twice.