Each lace shawl begins and ends the same way - with a circle. Everything is connected with a thread as fine as gossamer, each life affected by what has come before it and what will come after.

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.


    The Lace Weaver Reviews

  • Brenda

    4.5★sIt was 1941 and Estonia was in the grip of Russian rule – brutal, cruel and without heart, the Red Army killed, deported and demoralized each and every member of the community who wouldn’t ...

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comWorld II Estonia, a perilous time as the struggle between Hitler’s regime and the Russian Red Army grips a nation is the haunting backdrop of The Lace Weaver. W...

  • Jeanette Lewis

    There are so many words to describe this beautiful story but all would fall short of doing it justice. The author has created a wonderful read, cleverly weaving together two women from very different ...

  • Theresa Smith

    I am an avid reader of war time fiction. My grandfather’s family hailed from Belgium and I’ve written in the past about his life in the resistance and how that has resulted in this seemingly insat...

  • Marianne

    The Lace Weaver is the first novel by Australian author, Lauren Chater. In mid-1941, the hard-won independence of Estonia (and the other Baltic states) was no more: the Red Army occupied the countries...

  • Deborah Ideiosepius

    This was a beautifully written, compellingly readable and at times quite thrilling book.Set mostly in Estonia 1941 as Stalins Red Army crushes the land and the people living in it, partisans arise to ...

  • Kate Forsyth

    A heart-wrenching novel of love, war and resistance set in Estonia in the 1940s, The Lace Weaver tells the story of two very different young women and their struggle to survive in a country caught bet...

  • Louise

    What a beautiful book! Meticulously researched and an incredibly moving story about a little known aspect of WWII, from the perspective of two strong women. The lace shawls and their significance adds...

  • Helen

    ‘Every shawl we make will be laced with defiance. Every stitch will carry a message out into the world.’Set during the Second World War, this is a captivating look at Estonia which found itself ca...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘Sometimes a shawl is not just a shawl.’In 1941, Estonia is being crushed by the Soviet Army. Katarina and her family have survived because the produce their farm produces is needed by the Soviets...