"The Lady of the Lakes" by Josi S. Kilpack is truly a beautiful and romantic love story.
“Scarce one person out of twenty marries his first love, and scarce one out of twenty of the remainder has cause to rejoice for having done so. What we love in those early days is generally rather more a fanciful creation of our own than a reality. We build statues of snow, and weep when they melt.” ~ Sir Walter Scott
Everyone knows whom Sir Walter Scott is, but many may not know the full story of how he met the real love of his life. I must stress that this is a work of fiction, but the author did do extensive research in order to tell the story as authentically as possible.
I think all of us can relate to Walter. That first love is one we always carry in our hearts. It’s the one that cuts the deepest, the one that prepares us and teaches us to appreciate our best love when it finally comes along.
The author did an incredible job of bringing Sir Walter to life, of capturing his youthful enthusiasm and the poignancy of losing his first love to another. It was fun to watch him slowly reawaken, mature, and discover true love with Charlotte.
I also really liked Charlotte, a woman a little ahead of her time, adapting to a place not her own, but making it her home, refusing to settle for being second best, and insisting on her independence. She was vulnerable and insecure at times, but was always practical and wise.
I loved watching this couple fall in love. I loved the deep feelings of friendship that became the basis for that event, and knowing the couple made a wonderful match, and a good life together. Theirs was not that all consuming passion that fairy tales are based on, but it was so much more special and real. I absolutely loved it.
This is a clean historical romance, recommended for anyone and everyone who loves romance!
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?