Should Auld Acquaintance
Discovering the Woman Behind Robert Burns
Melanie Murray traces the footsteps of Jean Armour and Robert Burns through the village of Mauchline, where they met and married, to their final home in Dumfries, attempting to discover the woman who inspired Burns’ timeless poetry. Armour is portrayed as a resilient woman who overcame the abandonment of her family, the loss of her children, and the instability of her philandering husband.
"With an evocative mix of novelistic reinvention and exhaustive legwork, she recreates Armour and Burns's late-18th-century courtship. ...Fans of poetry and melodrama will be transfixed by Murray's compelling portrait of Armour's enduring commitment to Scotland's bawdy bard. "- Publishers Weekly
-- Publishers Weekly, April 2017