Shadow and The Star Book Summary and Study Guide

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Samuel Gerard is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. He eventually becomes a wealthy gentleman and skilled fighter, but he denies the sexual side of himself. A prim London shopgirl, Leda Etoile, fascinates Samuel emotionally, mentally, and sexually, and he enlists her help in his secret fight against child prostitution in London. Eventually he hires her as his secretary, and is increasingly torn between his chaste love for the daughter of the family who took him in and the true, complete, mature love he feels for Leda. As they grow closer, they realize that their future is together once they face and conquer his past.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Victorian england Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   very shy/inexperienced    -   wants to stay celibate Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man-two women Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics?    -   Very naive/shy - Doesn't know where to put weiner

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   secretary Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   blissful Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Hawaii Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   90% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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