The Rake Book Summary and Study Guide

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Reginald Davenport, an untitled English aristocrat, decides that his life of drinking, gambling and meaningless sex is killing him. When he is offered an estate which used to belong to his mother's family, he returns there hoping to reform himself. Much to his surprise, the prosperous estate is being run by a female steward, Alys Weston. Not only is she female in a male's job, she is pursuing all sorts of reforming causes including the fostering of three orphans.
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Instead of firing her, Reggie decides to give Alys a chance to prove she can continue in her job, all the while trying not to follow through on the attraction he feels for her. Alys finds her tall, dark, handsome employer too attractive with his intelligence and appalling sense of humor, but she doesn't believe he could be interested in a tall, odd-eyed female like her. She soon realizes he is also struggling with alcoholism and decides she should try to help him just as she has tried to help so many others on the estate.

Along with their growing attraction, each must also deal with their inner struggles; Reggie with addiction, Alys with a lack of confidence in her attractiveness as a female.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Regency era Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   feels s/he's not worthy If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate Disability or addiction?    -   alcohol

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   farmer Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   sensitive    -   a better lover    -   unhappy with the sex    -   guilty

Main Female Character

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


Europe    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   lot of descript of animal care

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?    -   1-2 sex acts

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