Sir Walter Scott, move over! Here is a page-turner of an historic novel as Scottish as whisky. It concerns two young lassies, one French, one English, as they negotiate the perils of eighteenth-century life amid greed, lust, politics and revolution. A rich cavalcade of characters appear, some repellant, others heroic, and some simply comical (I particularly enjoyed the burgesses of Oban). I await the sequel with eagerness.