A Very Gothic Christmas Book Summary and Study Guide

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Christine Freehan & Melanie George
Pocket, Nov 2001, 6.99, 422 pp.
ISBN: 0743442717
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    “After the Music” by Christine Freehan. Critics and fans loved the music of Dillon Wentworth until a fire in his home killed his wife Vivian and scarred the musician when he entered the inferno to rescue his two children. Dillon fled to a small island leaving the kids with Jessica Fitzpatrick. Now someone has begun a stalking campaign aimed at the children so Jessica flees with them so their reclusive father can protect them. Love blossoms between the two adults, but those feelings may prove futile against the assault from Vivian's occult friends. This novel is an exciting modern gothic romance starring a brooding hero living in a remote home whose only hope for redemption rests in the magic of love.

    “Lady of the Locket” by Melanie George. Years ago, Rachel Hudson's parents met and fell in love at Scotland's Glengarren Castle. They planned to return to where the magic began, but both died before they did. Rachel travels to the site where her parents' love first blossomed. However, she wonders if her grieving is affecting her mind as she is attracted to a portrait painted in 1745 of Duncan MacGregor. To her shock, Duncan appears in person, but even as they fall in love, his malevolent enemy has followed to complete his odious task. Though a short novel, “Lady of the Locket” is an exciting gothic romance with time travel elements intermingled into the plot.

    A VERY GOTHIC CHRISTMAS is a two for one book that entertains modern day gothic romance fans as the authors, Christine Freehan & Melanie George, furbish strong tales.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

Chapter Analysis of A Very Gothic Christmas

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   Beauty and the beast Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer    -   stranded in isolated area Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Time Travel    -   Yes Type of time travel    -   present to past Who seduces whom?    -   mutual seduction

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   entertainer Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   teacher


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on two couples How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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