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?
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2016|
|Book on CD||Unabridged, 8 discs, approx. 9.9 hours|
I loved this book! Josi S Kilpack is an excellent author. She is at the top of my list. I listened to the audiobook (which is the main way I devour books these days). As such -- for me -- the narrator is a critical piece. And Cassandra Campbell did not disappoint here -- I continually find her to be an exceptional narrator.
The characters never 'came alive' for me - probably because almost everything in this book was assumption.
I did like putting myself in each of their circumstances. The author made me sympathize with Mina - she shouldn't choose a husband to please her family OR Walter. Being a French orphan like Charlotte would be hard - I like how independent she seemed. I think it's interesting that Walter was the "romantic" type and she was the practical one of the relationship.
The dialogue wasn't consistent or true to the time. Every once in awhile, a word or two suggested a Scottish accent, but they were so random and odd that it sounded weird (and I usually love Scottish accents). I could never "hear" a character's voice. Charlotte rarely sounded French. There were many "th" words in her dialogue that weren't adjusted to her accent. And I think they made the wrong adjustments in the first place (shouldn't it be "zat" and "zis" rather than "dat" or "dis" for a French accent?). She even said "tings" once... As I said, not consistent at all.
I don't think any of them would have kissed so much at their age, at that time in history, or in any of those circumstances (maybe I'm being naive). It made them seem juvenile and lustful.
There was too much physical description going on. Every eyebrow tilt and nostril flare was made known to us. There was too much emotion that made it seem unrealistic. I didn't care for the book, but I am picky about what I read.
I am not one to read romance novels. I'm usually reading fantasy/science fiction or non-fiction. However, this one intrigued me and I'm so glad I had the chance to read it. It's fairly predictable, but it's a great story that is told well and definitely got my heart pounding as the relationships between Walter and his 2 love interests grew (and yelling at the cd when it skipped during one of the best parts!). I really appreciate that there are chapter notes at the end to clear up where the author took creative liberties and where she had actual facts to support her writing, as this is based on a true story. If you need a cute love story to brighten your day, this is perfect. I highly recommend it.