The China Bride Book Summary and Study Guide

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The story opens with Troth Montgomery, a Scottish-Chinese woman, who has been living between two cultures in 19th century China. She arrives at the English home of Dominic Renbourne to announce she is his brother's widow. Through flashback we learn how Kyle Renbourne, Viscount Maxwell, an English lord, was trying to escape his sorrows after the death of his lover by travelling abroad. He meets Troth in Macao. Kyle wants to travel in China and Troth goes with him as a translator. Between them, they find understanding and passion.
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Kyle is caught in the forbidden area of China, thrown in prison and sentenced to death. Kyle marries Troth then sends her back to his ancestral home so she can tells his family of his fate and discover the European side of herself. When Kyle miraculously reappears, Kyle must discover if he can love again.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   interracial loving! Searching/Rekindling love?    -   Yes Lost Lover:    -   rekindling love after long time

Main Male Character

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

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   spy If she's not white she must be...    -   oriental Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   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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