Night Train to Lisbon Book Summary and Study Guide

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Carson Weatherall is embarking on the first real adventure of her life. It's 1936 and the wealthy young American woman is spending the summer with her aunt and uncle in a Portuguese villa, after a tour of the continent. She has just decided she isn't very adventurous after all, when she meets Alec Breve, a young British scientist, aboard the train to Lisbon. The two fall in love, and spend most her stay involved in a blissful love affair. As the trip comes to an end, Carson receives some devastating news from her uncle, who works with the British Defense Ministry. He has evidence that Alec is a member of a Nazi sympathizer group, and has been passing technical information to Germany.
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A brokenhearted Carson returns to America to try and forget Alec and go on with her life, ignoring his calls and letters. Her actions, however, have the effect of bringing Alec to see her, and she finds herself doubting his guilt. Together, they go on a search for the truth, which leads them back to Europe. Evidence still seems to support his guilt, and Carson must trust her own instincts in order to unravel the truth. In the process, she also finds out some surprising facts about her own life, particularly the family she thought she knew so well. This book combines romance and espionage to tell a thrilling and suspenseful story.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   political intrigue Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   a criminal (possibly) If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   scientist Age/status:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

What % of story is romance related?    -   60% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only Focus of story    -   Her

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