Friday, January 6, 2017

The Lady of the Lakes {A Historical Proper Romance Book Review}

Walter Scott has three passions: Scotland, poetry, and Mina Stuart. Though she is young and they are from different stations in society, Walter is certain their love is meant to be. For years, he has courted her through love letters. She is the sunshine of his soul.  
Though Mina shares Walter’s love of literature and passionate temperament, it’s hard for her to know if she truly loves him or if she has only been dazzled by his flattery. When she meets the handsome and charming William Forbes, her heart is challenged. Who will she choose?But as every poet knows, “The course of true love never did run smooth,” and on a windy morning in the lake country, Walter meets Charlotte. 
At twenty-six, Charlotte Carpenter believes she will never find love. After all, she is a Catholic-born Frenchwoman living in London with a family history shadowed by scandal. Though quiet, practical, and determined to live a life of independence, her heart longs for someone to love her and a place to call home. 
Passion and promises collide as Walter, Mina, and Charlotte must each decide the course for their futures. What are they each willing to risk to find love and be loved in return? 
When I was given a chance to review this book I have to admit, I had to look up to find out exactly who Sir Walter Scott was!  His name was familiar but I couldn't remember what literary accomplishments he was famous for.  I felt a little silly when I discovered that he was the gentleman who wrote the famous novel Ivanhoe and Rob Roy, among many other well-known works.  What's even worse is I had a copy of Ivanhoe sitting near my bedside...  No wonder I was familiar with his name!  Unlike Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, which for me is a major challenge to read, The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack that shares of the life of Sir Walter Scott is a pleasure that I couldn't put down!

Walter Scott is in love with a young lady of means, Mina Stuart.  Even though they come from different stations in society, he is sure that they will one day marry (for she shares the same passions for prose as he and has expressed her affection on several occasions).  Even though life will be difficult Walter knows that facing the future together with Mina will bring him joy for all his days...  For Mina, she flushes with delight under the romantic attention of Walter, but the pressures of family and society force her to consider courtship with William Forbes, a man who is of her station, admittedly she doesn't find the prospect at all unappealing.  William is also handsome and kind, and he would be able to support the lifestyle to which she was accustomed.  Torn between the two gentleman, Mina must make a decision.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Carpenter has given up on ever finding true love and marrying.  Her past is filled with shame and scandal, and at the ripe, old age of twenty-six she is considered, by all standards, an old maid.  Making a bold resolution, she convinces her guardian to let her move out on her own.  Learning how to manage her own accounts, Charlotte is determined to no longer be a burden on anyone.  Her heart still yearns for love...and a family of her very own...when she meets Walter she finds someone who challenges her intellectually and makes her laugh.  Could he be the one?

If I tell you much more I will give away the story but I promise you will not regret getting ahold of this book and enjoying the adventure as much as I!  Josie S. Kilpack has done it again with another great, clean, Proper Romance!  You can purchase this book from your favorite retailer!

Disclaimer:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way and all opinions expressed here are my very own.  
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