For recently widowed Bernie Cullen, the arrival of Kate Robinson into her life comes as a blessing. Kate is touring Ireland on her own, trying to soothe her depression over recent losses of her own. Kate is not planning to stay, but the next bus out isn’t due for a week. Bernie introduces her to her lace making group, and Kate, much to her surprise, finds her interest stimulated and engaged for the first time in months. Lacemakers is a novel of transformation, in which Kate, Bernie, and company assist each other in coming to terms with the difficulties in their lives. Its plot relies heavily upon coincidence (e.g. Kate hasn’t done step dancing in years, yet wins the local competition hands down). Quaint and charming, Barbieri’s competent writing skills lift it a few levels above the typical romance novel. Note: Those looking for lace crafting details or Irish folklore will be disappointed.