The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott
Before he became Sir Walter Scott, Scotland’s most famous writer, he was just Walter Scott, a young man with an average job, dreams for the future, and a devoted love for the beautiful Williamina. Mina’s affections, however, were not so constant, and while she enjoyed Walter’s adoration, her wealthy father’s disapproval was also difficult to ignore. Would Walter continue always in a mostly one-sided passion, or was there another more satisfying path to love? A trip to the lake country provides new possibilities in the form of Charlotte Carpenter.
I haven’t read a romance based on real historical figures since Mary Higgins Clark’s Mount Vernon Love Story. Much like the other, I have doubts about this story’s historical accuracy, but chapter notes indicate which details were pulled from history and which were invented for the story. A minor complaint is that the outcome was obvious from the beginning; though since it’s pretty simple to look up the real-life players, I can hardly fault the author for not keeping more of a mystery. However predictable, this was an incredibly sweet story and encouragement for a love based on mutual interest and respect rather than instant passion.
Josi S. Kilpack
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