Character Spotlight: Laura Frantz’s Noble Rynallt

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I had the pleasure of featuring Laura Frantz a week or so ago, with a fun Fast Favourites feature well worthy checking out if you haven’t already done so. For some people, however, that simply wasn’t enough of lovely Laura for them! By popular demand (read Rachel McMillan made a public plea on FB for a character spotlight on the very noble Noble Rynallt!), Laura graciously has given us more of her time with an insight into her latest hero, a patriot and gentleman who has readers swooning everywhere! Laura’s heroes are always memorable but Noble seems to have a special hold on our hearts. If you want to know why, read my review of this stellar novel then get thee to a bookstore and purchase the gorgeous The Lacemaker without further delay!

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Noble Rynallt

Noble solo

 

Physical Stats

Height

Taller than George Washington’s bodyguards were allowed to be – a disqualifying 6 feet 2 inches

Hair colour & style

Coal black and 18th-century longish, past the shoulder, worn back with a black silk ribbon tie giving him the look of a pirate

Eye colour

Silvery blue

Dress sense  

Always a gentleman

Resembles…

I confess to not liking Hollywood (though I love anything BBC) so this is tricky for me. But as you’ll see from the images I unearthed, the inspiration was partly from Ryan Eggold who played Dr. Joseph Warren, an actual historical figure, in Sons of Liberty. The lovely Emily Barrington who played Margaret Kemble Gage is a dead ringer for Lady Elisabeth in The Lacemaker. I’d love to hear any other ideas though from those who read the book and had a different image in mind!

Can’t live without… 

Rachel McMillan Pulitzer Prize winning type review!

Strengths

Noble is as true as his name, decisive, intelligent, a man of thought and action – and romantic to the core!

Vulnerabilities

He detests war but must become a soldier, among other things…

Passions

Liberty, both the woman and the concept 😊

What book or movie would he recommend?

The BBC’s North & South

Your inspiration for the character

Noble is a mix of America’s Founding Fathers – George Washington’s courage, Patrick Henry’s conviction, and George Rogers Clark’s derring-do!

Noble and Liberty
Background to the story

Believe it or not, it all began with Felicity, an American Girl doll. I went on a little adventure a few years ago to the Seattle store and lo and behold, they had nary a one as she has been retired, so to speak. So, my two very thoughtful sons both found her for me on Amazon and Craigslist and I ended up with two Felicity’s in excellent shape and in her original garments. I gave one to a reading friend in Virginia whose little girl is named Liberty! And I kept one. Since Felicity’s favorite place is Colonial Williamsburg that started me thinking…

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When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

Thank you, dear Laura, for giving more of your time to do a second feature here at Relz Reviewz to delight your readers…especially one Rachel McMillan!

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21 Responses to Character Spotlight: Laura Frantz’s Noble Rynallt

  1. OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!

    this just made my monday morning!

    Thank you for taking the time, both of you, to help us delve a little further into the realm of lovely Noble! He was such an influential character on my reading path this year and I cannot help but keep thinking about him!!!!!! I am so happy that new readers are going to be lured to this amazing book by this glimpse into his formation :)

    • Rachel, I cannot underestimate the delight you’ve brought with your first class review! I am still getting comments about it from other reading friends & authors. A HUGE blessing to start the morning with you and Rel here. Truly, joy cometh in the morning!

  2. One can never have too much Noble 😍 Thank you, Laura and Del for kicking off my day with a satisfied swoon!

    • Rel, I apologize for my autocorrect. New phone is still in training 😒

    • Satisfied swoon, indeed! Love that one can never have too much Noble, too :). Can’t tell you how blessed I am by your heart for this book. I miss those characters even now! Oddly, enough I’m always 3 books ahead of reading friends. So it’s always, always good to return to the master of Ty Mawr and Ty Bryn!

  3. I love reading behind-the-scenes .. . . .especially for characters as engaging as Noble and Liberty. We have a Felicity doll in our house . . she was the first of four AGD that my daughter enjoyed playing with.

    Great stories like this one live on!

    • Rebecca, So love your comments! Glad to know a Felicity resides in your appreciative household :). I adore mine and she is front and center on my dresser! Guess you’re never too old for dolls and I’m proof. So appreciate your heart for this story. Thank you!

  4. Now if we could just get a well-done movie version, we could watch Noble every weekend.

    • Oh Katherine, What a delightfully swoony comment! No kidding. So far on my FB author page we have Richard Armitage vying for the lead role with Ryan Eggold :). Thanks so much for stopping here!

  5. Felicity still holds a special place in both our hearts! We will never forget your generosity.
    Love
    Cindy

    • Oh, there you are and I feel so blessed, Cindy! Now your Miss L is getting all grown up :) Thanks so much for stopping here. I love Felicity and you and our connection with this doll and this story!

  6. Looks like I’m going to have some swooning ahead of me when I get a chance to read this book! It sounds so delicious, and Noble and Liberty sound so fascinating!

    Thanks, Rel and Laura for the fun post.

    • Winnie, I’m glad you saw this ahead of reading as I do think it adds to the fun and anticipation! Thank you for your heart for my books. I hope this story is a favorite when you meet these characters!

  7. What a delight to learn more about Noble and Liberty and the story’s genesis. Thanks, Rel, for giving Laura’s story more time! I am doubly blessed.

  8. That is so neat! Felicity is my daughter’s favorite doll. We have her clothes, books, paper dolls, cookbook, art studio, etc. (If only they were not so expensive!)

    • Linda, I so agree! The expense. Sigh. I heard American Girl is going to bring Felicity out of retirement only I’m not sure what that means!

      • It just means she will be back in the stores and the catalog for sale again, probably with new clothes and accessories. I don’t know why they do that. You would think they would have room for all of them.

        • Linda, Thanks for letting me know. You’re so right about having room for all of them. I would guess Felicity would have lasting popularity. I’d love to have the chance to expand her wardrobe! Guess one is never too old for dolls. Saving for my grandgirl one day, or so I hope:)

  9. I love this novel! ❤ I love Laura’s writing, the sweet vulnerability. She slays my heart every time.

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