On the Feast Day of Bride, The Daughter of Ivor, Shall come from her mound, In the rocks amongst the heather.I will not touch Ivor’s daughter, Nor shall she harm me.Two extraordinary women come back to full-bodied life. Flora McIvor has been rescued from the pages of Sir Walter Scott, who sent her to a nunnery. Her close friend, the real life Clementina Walkinshaw, was theOn the Feast Day of Bride, The Daughter of Ivor, Shall come from her mound, In the rocks amongst the heather.I will not touch Ivor’s daughter, Nor shall she harm me.Two extraordinary women come back to full-bodied life. Flora McIvor has been rescued from the pages of Sir Walter Scott, who sent her to a nunnery. Her close friend, the real life Clementina Walkinshaw, was the love of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and mother of his only child. Both are caught up in a tangle of espionage and treachery following the defeat of the 1745 Jacobite Rising in Scotland....
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Flora McIvor Reviews
I'm loathe to call Flora McIvor fan fiction, as that implies a whole mess of less than stellar connotations, but in a way, it is precisely that. A fresh look at Walter Scott's Waverley, from a feminine slant: the focus here is on the historical figure, Clementina Walkinshaw, and the eponymous fictional protagonist, Flora. You could certainly read it without having read Waverley, though I suspect it would feel a little antiquated if you do. It's not that Smith can't write women, so much as Smith wrote these women exactly as Scott might have: all daydreaming, hand-wringing, fragile flowers, with a delicate constitution fit only for love and fainting couches. It's jarring, for a 21st century mindset, but not out of rhythm with the source material. The issue I had with it was trying to decipher if Smith actually thinks women think that way, or if he was just brilliantly academic in his approach. Given the rest of his book, I'm comfortable seeing it as the latter- the expectations and motivations of women were much different in those times, and Smith simply stayed true to those. If you can recognize that, then you will see that there are more profound aspects of their personalities to be found.Waverley is a personal favourite, so any chance to walk around in those pages from a new perspective: I'll take it. Smith has created something here that far exceeds the calibre of content one typically sees in fan fiction; Flora McIvor is an academically researched labour of love. He has kept true to Scott's tone and creation, while managing to impart something new to the story. For those who love Waverley, or historical literature, It's well worth a read. For the reader who wants a hyper-modern spitfire, frivilous romance riding astride, flouting the feminine restrictions of her epoch in the guise of an early, undercover feminist- you might want to stick with CrossStitch/Outlander.
Point no. 1: this book is a published fan-fiction of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley. Point no. 2: it is wonderful. The careful weaving together of historical fact, contemporary perception, and fictional characters is so beautiful to read. From the first chapter where both Maria Clementina and Henry Benedict were mentioned I knew this was going to be a good read, and I wasn't disappointed. I would recommend having read Waverley or at least having a sound knowledge of the storyline before delving into this novel as it does assume you know the story, but it is honestly one of my best reads this year
I don’t know what to make of Flora McIvor. The book brings back a fictional character from Popular Classics, Waverley by Walter Scott, set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, sought to restore the Stuart dynasty in the person of Bonnie Prince Charlie.Flora is all about poetry and music. The language in which the story is written sometimes sounds as poetry, sometimes as pure fiction even though it is wrapped around historical events.As a fan of historical fiction, which appreciates the richness of history brought in this genre, I could not get into this story sounding very frivolous.