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The Miracle at St. Bruno's is the first book written by Philippa Carr. It is the beginning of a series of books that chronicle the lives of the women of a certain family.

This story starts out in the year 1522, Christmas, to be exact, during the reign of King Henry VIII. That was when the child was discovered in the crib of the Nativity scene at St. Bruno's Abbey. The monks thought it was a miracle. Nine months later, Damask Farland was born. Her family lived next door to the Abbey. Eventually, she met the young miracle, whom the monks had named Bruno, and was forevermore enchanted by him. Then King Henry disbanded the monasteries and the monks fled. Bruno learned the truth behind his origins, but he refused to accept it. Shortly after the Abbey was disbanded, Bruno disappeared, only to turn up years later as the new owner of St. Bruno's Abbey. Damask had always loved Bruno, so she was determined that he should accept the truth of his origins and grow away from it. She had no idea what she was up against...
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Abusive:    -   slightly verbally Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by authorities/family    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer Who:    -   poppa Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Is really...    -   not in love (pretended so)    -   a criminal (possibly) Misperception that    -   he/she loves when he/she doesn't Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes Family focus?    -   Yes Family, loving    -   Yes Abusive lover?    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   homemaker Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   confident    -   blissful


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Water?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   30% Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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