The Legend of the Seventh Virgin Book Summary and Study Guide

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Kerensa Carlee was a poor but beautiful cottage girl. She was completely obsessed by the gorgeous home of the St. Larnston family. She was determined to own it one day. Through many trials, she eventually achieved her goal, but with dangerous consequences.
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The review of this Book prepared by Laura J. Miller

Kerensa is a poor cottage girl who lives in a small town in Cornwall that revolves around the rich, gentry St. Larnston family. She is obsessed by their home, the Abbas, which was once a nunnery, and it becomes a symbol of her fight to rise above her origins. A spooky, intriguing, and fun story about a heroine who we would hate if we didn't understand her, with a bit of romance thrown in. A classic gothic romance from Victoria Holt, who created the genre.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   wild lover Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes Making a living subplot    -   Yes Virgin, dramatically devirginized    -   Yes Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding Is really...    -   a criminal (possibly) If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   arrogant Unusual characteristics?    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen Profession/status:    -   servant Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   10% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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