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Jacques Murlione is alone in the world and mourning the deaths of his family and Amy Barstow, the love of his life. Amadeus Barolini, the new schoolteacher, intrudes on Jacques' grief when he rents the Murlione place to set up a home with his three daughters. Andrea, the eldest daughter, helps Jacques with his talent for music as his sadness heals. He thinks he is falling for her, until he blurts out Amy's name by mistake after he kisses her. This causes a rift between him and Andrea, even as they continue to work on a piece Jacques is improving for the London Musicfest competition. His journey with the Barolinis through the 19th century world of London aristocracy presents him with a musical triumph and an opportunity to share his feelings with Andrea. She also reconsiders her feelings for him and accepts his offer of marriage. However, her father intends to give her to the wealthy and socially prominent Lester Lord. When Amadeus discovers and disapproves of Jacques' and Andrea's betrothal, the young lovers decide to consummate their affair in a desperate attempt to be together. Amadeus then reveals to Jacques some secrets of his own, along with Jacques' identity as a true gentleman. Will Jacques successfully confront it, or risk a much greater loss?
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Victorian england Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over dead lover If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her Matchbreaker    -   Yes Matchbreaker is    -   Dad

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   musician Age/status:    -   a teen Sex makes him    -   confident    -   obedient    -   blissful    -   mature    -   sensitive Unusual characteristics?    -   Very naive/shy - Doesn't know where to put weiner

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen Profession/status:    -   homemaker Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   obedient    -   less bitchy/arrogant    -   blissful

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   wealthy    -   rude people Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   40% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction Focus of story    -   many multiple characters How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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