I'm reading this at the moment. Once I've finished it and read Ivanhoe I will have finished all Sir Walter's novels with eighteen months. It's set in Scotland in the C18 and appears to have no relation to any political events. So far the surgeon has had a daughter to bring up together with the boy who was born in mysterious circumstance.
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