The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack tells the story of Sir Walter Scott's first love and his best love. Walter Scott has three passions: poetry, Scotland and Mina Stuart. For years he is encouraged by her and feels that his love with her is destined to be, but is it? Is his love with Mina Stuart, his first love, to be his best and truest love?
I really enjoyed reading The Lady of the Lakes.
I remember sitting in a literature class in college and discussing Sir
Walter Scott, his relationships and poetry. He is one of my favorite
poets. It was interesting to read about Sir Walter's Scott's romances
even if it was fictionalized. The only thing that bothered me a little
is that he seemed easily carried away in his romance with Williamina
and that seemed similar to Kilpack's portrayal of Henry Longfellow when
he was overly interested in Fanny. I am not sure if the similarities
were apparent in the research that Kilpack did, if it was just her
perception or just that the poetic man usually pines for someone who is
not as interested. I really liked Kilpack's portrayal of Charlotte and
some of the other characters.
Overall, it was a fun, interesting read. It's a book I would want to read again. Click here for more information.
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