A Review of Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott

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Good afternoon,

I would like to first mention that I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to get this book because I knew it would be a great read which it was and very hard to put down. I don’t know much about Sir Scott from history but after reading this book, I want to understand and hopefully read his literary works especially poetry.

Not knowing much about Sir Scott was actually a good thing because then I was pleasantly surprised about the details of his life and his heartbreak though reading about it brought tears to my eyes. He was a man who felt deeply and often had his heart on his sleeve which is what made him such a great literary figure. I loved reading quotes about some of the things that he penned while reading about some of the details that could have happened which were woven into what really happened. Just from a few of the quotes that were in the book, I got the feeling that he was a man who was loyal not only to family and country but to friends and following his heart in terms of writing.

He met Williamina (Mina) one day after a church service when he was in his early twenties and she was not even eighteen. They started to develop feelings for each other and spent time together when they could as well as writing letters when away. She came from a family that was well off while Walter came from a family that was considered the working class. It didn’t matter to him that they were from different classes and he tried hard to prove to Mina that he could be a good husband to her and take care of her. It would seem that fate had other plans as Mina found herself falling for a man that her parents approved of and instead of telling Walter in a letter, he was blindsided by things after receiving an invitation from Mina’s father.

Though his heart was broken by a girl who didn’t seem to know what she wanted, was more concerned about pleasing her parents, was on the spoiled side and very young, that experience was fodder for his determination to do something different with his life and try to find things to distract from the heartache. Mina did not mean to break his heart but she could have handled things better and tried to let him down a little more gentler than she did. She did mean well in her own way though it backfired once Sir Scott found out that her heart was no longer with him. That heartache did inspire him to do more of his life and in a way, guided him towards his future wife Charlotte Carpenter.

I really liked the portrayal of Charlotte and how different she was compared to Mina. She came from France, was sent to be under the guardianship of Lord Downshire, had an older brother named Charles and became an orphan at a young age when her parents died. She realized that she was tired of being under the thumb of someone who meant well but also had his own family to see to. In the book she was a woman who had realized that she may not find a husband and chose to work towards her independence and just happened to meet Walter when she was on her way to becoming a truly independent woman. I’m so glad though that she gave Walter a chance and chose to take a leap of faith.

There were so many thoughtful points in this book that I found myself highlighting on my Kindle so I could go back and look at them later. Kilpack is a wonderful writer and I’m looking forward to reading more by her.

Well the concludes my bookish ramblings for this post. I’ve been distracted by work and other books but wanted to rave about this wonderful book. I’ve been inspired to want to read everything by Walter Scott and hopefully get a better insight into his life. It’s amazing how sometimes reading a fictional book about a historical character can inspire me sometimes to try to get to know the real person.

Thank you so much for tuning in and be sure to stop back again soon where my bookish ramblings will get out of hand but also hopefully be amusing.

Slainte

~M

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