Thursday, January 5, 2017

Blog Tour: The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack

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

Book Description:

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?

Rorie's Review:

The last historical Proper Romance that I read was not my favorite by far, so I was a bit worried that this one might follow suit. However, I really like this author, so I decided to give it a try. Happily, this story was a lot more entertaining.

My heart went out to Sir Walter Scott, but at the same time, he was definitely blinded by his infatuation with Mina to see the writing on the wall. And Mina? Well, I never really did like her. She was kind of snooty and just led the poor man on, knowing that his feelings for her were a lot stronger than her feelings were for him. 

I was so happy when Scott met Charlotte. She was very likeable from the start, and I admired her tenacity and strength to learn how to live on her own - something that probably wasn't too common among the higher-class back then. I also appreciated the timeline in the back of the book so I could find out what happened to all of the main characters after the book ended.

Andrea's Review:

When I was given the opportunity to review the latest novel in the Historical Proper Romance line, I was a bit hesitant because the pacing in the last one I read was a bit slow for my taste. However, I'm very glad I decided to give The Lady of the Lakes a try. I really enjoyed it! This true love story was very well written, eye opening, and entertaining.

I truly felt for Walter and found him to very very interesting (and a bit blind at times, but they say love is blind so it worked well). Mina was awful, as was her father. Charlotte was such a great character. I loved that she wasn't like everyone else in society.

I enjoyed that the outcome wasn't one hundred percent certain early on. I had my hopes, and they were realized, but there were times when I wondered how it would turn out.
The prejudices portrayed throughout the story were really eye opening. The Scottish people were portrayed as very proud of their clans and heritage, along with a hesitation to welcome outsiders. The prejudice against the French was sad and interesting. I really enjoyed how the main characters didn't succumb to the prejudices.
I highly recommend The Lady of the Lakes.  

Learn fun behind-the-scenes facts about the book, chat with fabulous historical romance authors, hear what's coming up next in the Proper Romance Line, and win prizes throughout the party!

12:30- The Party Begins!
12:35- Q&A with author Julie Daines
1:05- Q&A with author Donna Hatch
1:35- Q&A with author Josi S. Kilpack
2:05- Q&A with author/editor Lisa Mangum
2:25- Q&A with Heidi Taylor, manager of the Proper Romance line Title: The Lady of the Lakes
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: January 2017
ISBN: 162972226X 
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  

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