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Anna's aristocratic family escaped the Russian revolution and arrived
penniless in England. Anna decides to help her family by working as a maid in the mansion of Rupert, the Earl of Westerholme, although, all the other servants recognize she is not from the serving classes.
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The earl, in order to keep his family mansion, needs money and is engaged to marry wealthy Muriel. Meanwhile, the earl keeps encountering his delightful and unusual maid Anna. Because she has never been a servant before, she talks to the earl as an equal and they engage in warm, funny dialogue. They soon fall passionately in love. But it is 1919 and as an honourable gentleman, the earl cannot end the engagement. However, Anna and the other servants, continue to expose Muriel's character which is not only heartless and unethical but eventually revealed as a pro-Nazi.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man-two women

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   servant Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   90% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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