Secret for a Nightingale Book Summary and Study Guide

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As a young girl in India, beautiful Susanna Pleydell first realized that she had a gift for soothing the sick and injured. But a meeting between Susanna and the dashing Aubrey St. Clare changes Susanna's plans for a lifetime of 19th century medicine. When the newly married couple returns to London, however, Susanna finds that her new husband has a weakness for opium . Aubrey's very close association with Dr. Damien Adair also gives Susanna reason to worry. When tragedy stikes, Susanna blames Damien even as she leaves London to join Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, but cannot escape her thoughts and dreams of Damien.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   druggie/drunk Searching/Rekindling love?    -   Yes Lost Lover:    -   rekindling love after long time If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   doctor Age/status:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics?    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Main Female Character

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


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   50% Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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