Monday, January 9, 2017

The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack {Review}

The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Shadow Mountain 

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?


My Review: 5 Stars

When I was younger, I loved to read a series about the biographies of famous people in history. I loved learning more about these people and how their lives shaped or contributed to history. As I grew older, I found myself enjoying fiction a lot more and non-fiction a lot less and I hardly ever read those types of books anymore. However, I still find them very fascinating.

This author took on a book about well-known writer, Walter Scott. I don't know much about this man, aside from some of his works, and found it very interesting to learn more about him and his life. If there's one thing I learned about him, it's that he's very passionate, meaning he feels very deeply. The story tells the tale of his one true love and how intense, desperate, and fervent his feelings toward Mina were. Although the romance is gentle, his emotions are strong and tangible. Another romance angle appears, and this one is just as gentle and not quite as zealous.

The characters are done in a way that brings them to life--their hopes, dreams, and disappointments are extremely vivid. I think that's why I enjoyed this story so much--it's more than just facts, but an emotional element is woven in that completely engaged my attention and made it feel more like the fiction books that I love so much. I hope to see more of this type of book in the future.

Content: mild romance.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which didn't influence my thoughts in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


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About the Author:

Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels—including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series—one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.

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