Evie Grace

The Lace Maiden
  • The Lace Maiden

  • Port of Deal, Kent 1817

    The Lennickers live in a cottage in one of the narrow alleyways off Middle Street, among the counting houses, shops and inns, where the smugglers plot and the seamen drink rum. When Pa Lennicker – a Deal boatman, fisherman and smuggler - is murdered by a rival gang over the disappearance of some contraband, the sisters are forced to carve out a living from the ‘honourable trade’ in spirits, French lace, gold and jewellery. But most of all, they must find a way of wreaking their revenge.

    The sisters – Louisa, Winnie and Grace – find themselves involved in carrying and hiding contraband. They prepare the goods for sale – diluting brandy and cutting tea with rose leaves – while at risk of being discovered by revenue officers and rival smugglers. They receive goods from ships wrecked on the treacherous Goodwin Sands a few miles off the coast, and become involved with transferring prisoners of war and gold on the guinea boats to France.

    If they are caught, they risk imprisonment, transportation or death by hanging, something that can be avoided by turning in King’s evidence. But they will have to mind their backs to avoid being tarred and feathered - or worse - for their betrayal.

RELEASED 09/01/2020

Evie Grace was born in Kent, and one of her earliest memories is of picking cherries with her grandfather who managed a fruit farm near Selling. Holidays spent with her family in the Kent countryside and daytrips to the seaside town of Margate, inspired her to write Hannah’s story. She loves reading about the Victorian era, and her research for The Seaside Angel included the history of using leeches in medicine and the invention of the bathing machine. Evie now lives in deepest, darkest Devon with her partner. She has a son and daughter.