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Anna Brett is a quiet young woman who takes over her aunt's antique business when her aunt gets sick. Anna hires a nurse to take care of her aunt until her aunt has an accident and dies. Anna's antique business fails and her friend Nurse Loman gets her a job as a governess at Castle Crediton. Anna falls for Redvers Stretton, the captain of a ship called The Secret Woman. Unfortunately, he's married to an eccentric woman who wants to go back home to her native island somewhere in the South Seas. So, the whole family goes to this remote little island and that's where a lot of the mystery and intrigue develop.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   inconveniently married while playing footsy Struggling with whom?    -   Wife Who is...    -   mentally ill If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her Family focus?    -   Yes Family, hating    -   Yes Family, sick/caring for    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   trader Age/status:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Pacific Islands Jungles?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   30% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   little dialog

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