The Beaux of Bayley Dell Book Summary and Study Guide

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Laurel Eland lives in the tiny village of Bayley Dell, with her two spinster aunts, Mirabelle and Frances, and her father, Sir John. Due to reduced circumstances, they have had to lease the family manor to a rich businessman and move into a small house. There is little hope that Laurel will have a London season, as the family finances will not allow it, but there are hopes she will meet a suitable husband in nearby Wells.
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When a handsome young man, clearly a gentleman, who has been waylaid and robbed, staggers into the village and collapses outside the local pub, Laurel is called in to nurse him back to health. He claims to be amnesiac, but Laurel and her father have their doubts. Then another gentleman arrives and starts showing interest in Laurel, and is revealed to know the identity of the mystery man. While preparing for Laurel's coming out, the aunts manage to attract beaux of their own, and Sir John starts acting mysteriously, finally bringing home the news that he is getting married. Just when it seems that Laurel and her gentleman, revealed to be Gordon, younger son of Viscount Rand, will reach an understanding, a young lady who has been after him to marry her arrives, and shortly afterwards his mother appears. Will they prevent Gordon from attracting Laurel, or will there be a happy ending?
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Regency era Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   amnesia If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her In love with caretaker or teacher    -   Yes Falling in love with    -   Nurse Matchbreaker    -   Yes Matchbreaker is    -   jealous suitor/lover

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   90% Focus of story    -   many multiple characters How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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