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This novel is written in the first person from the viewpoint of the Honourable Venetia Flaxton, an extremely spoiled, rich, English upper class, young woman of 26 who falls in love with the Dean of Starbridge Cathedral, who happens to be in his sixties, married and a close friend of her father. This is not the first time Howatch has set a book deep in the folds of the Anglican Church and much of the information is overly stuffy, as are the characters who are members of the clergy and their families. The action is set in 1963 though Venetia is telling her tale twenty years later.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   old gal loving young guy

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age/status:    -   60's-90's

Main Female Character

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


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

What % of story is romance related?    -   50% Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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