The Charm School Book Summary and Study Guide

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Isabella is the oldest daughter of a wealthy Boston family, overlooked and underrrated by her family, because of her looks, her intelligence, and a penchant for bookishness. Her clothes don't fit herwell, she is awkward socially--and she feels that she is dismissed pretty muvch, even in her own family. She is the object of jokes if she is noticed at all. Her siblings are gorgeous, accomplished in society, sure to make brilliant matches. One day she meeets Ryan, captain of a merchant clipper ship, outrageous dresser, self-assured entrepreneur...and she offers herself for hire as a translator and accountant aboard ship. From this simple quest for work begins her transformation from gauche maiden to a self-assured young woman. Love, too, finds her, as she blossoms among new friends, as she travels with Ryan to Brazil...Boston will find her a different person when she returns home!
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   very shy/inexperienced

Main Male Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   scholar Effect of sexing    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat City?    -   Yes City:    -   Boston Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60% How explicit is the sex?    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   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?    -   1-2 sex acts

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