Book Review

‘The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott’ by Josi S. Kilpack

tlotl-jskSTORY: One is his first love.
The other is his best love.
Which will be Walter’s true love?

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 romantic 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?

REVIEW: Edinburgh Scotland – 1791

Walter Scott had been nicknamed Wattie by his mother. She was very strict that he attend church and learn the “guid” word. It was difficult for him to keep still as he wanted to to be outside. He learned many stories in his youth and wanted to write about them. One day at age 19, he sees a young lady who totally enthralls him. As he boldly introduces himself, he learns her name is Williamina (Mina) and her mother is Lady Belches. The young lady appears to be only around age 14. The family is in town for the father to attend Session. Walter’s mother and Lady Belches were girls together so Walter is allowed to escort Mina home.


Walter eagerly awaits Mina’s return as they winter in Edinburgh each year. He is now a barrister and she is age 19. Walter had had infantile paralysis when he was a child and was left with a small limp. But he is an athletic man and he has worked hard to reduce the effects of his illness.

Walter is a huge fan of the theater and always enjoys going. This year, Mina is quite popular with the men and enjoys dancing with them. With his limp, dancing is a bit difficult for Walter. While Walter and Mina enjoy being together, he knows it is too soon to declare himself to her. When Mina is told by her father that she is to marry someone more prestigious than Walter, she is crushed.

Charlotte Carpentier, age 25, is enjoying the theater and a Shakespeare play, “The Winter’s Tale.” Charlotte’s guardian is Lord Downshire. She and her brother were originally from France but they were sent to England as children to be cared for by Lord Downshire. Their parents had not lived up to their duty as parents. Her guardian tells her that it time she wed and suggests an older widower with 5 children. She is horrified and turns him down. That is when Lord Downshire tells her that she needs to wed or find a way to support herself so she soon learns about her finances but is determined to stay single.

We then follow Walter as he loses the love of his life, Mina, but finds another woman, Charlotte. It takes a long time for his broken heart to mend but his friendship with Charlotte is one that grows.

This is an interesting story of Sir Walter Scott in his younger years. The author has put a lot of research into this book and makes the story quite interesting.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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