The Handfasters
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The Handfasters by Helen Susan Swift

Scotland, 1811. Coming from the Highlands to Edinburgh in search of a husband, Alison Lamont finds herself in all sorts of trouble. Thrown out of a fashionable ball for a stolen kiss, Alison flees from a riot in the notorious Old Town and meets Willie Kemp, an eccentric boatbuilder. While she falls deeply in love with Mr. Kemp, her aunt wishes her to marry the obnoxious but rich John Forres. Alison takes drastic measures to solve her dilemma, including a long trip through the snow-covered Pentland Hills. But who left the mysterious footprints outside her cottage, and what secrets is Mr. Kemp hiding? Praise: ★★★★★ - "I would highly suggest this book to anyone looking for a sweet love story set in historical times." ★★★★★ - "A beautifully written romance with historical information tossed in for good measure. I was swept away immediately." ★★★★★ - "By far the loveliest book I have read in a long time. The characters were real and the story line was engrossing." ★★★★★ - "Hopefully, Swift will carry on with the lives of her characters and we can enjoy the way she paints this era of Scottish history."
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Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the narrative takes place in the past. Historical books capture the particulars of the time as correctly as possible to get authenticities, such as societal norms, ways, habits, and traditions. Historical fiction is put in a real location during a culturally recognizable moment. The facts and the actions from the narrative can be a mixture of real occasions and ones in the writer's creativity as they fill in the gaps. Characters may be pure fiction or based on actual people. But what about them and their look and attitudes, how they talk, and issues that they face, everything which should match the era.

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