Waterloo Station Book Summary and Study Guide

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Morrow, Apr 2003, 21.95, 208 pp.
ISBN: 0060013974

In 1938, young American Maude Latham leaves her home in Longwood, New York to attend classes at prestigious Oxford University. As Maude adapts to life in England, she realizes that her tutors treat her as a second class citizen or worse because of her gender. That changes when twenty-seven year Stephen Kendall replaces an ailing professor as Maude's tutor on the romantic poets.
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As they go over in depth the works of a lesser-known poet, A.L. Slayton, Maude and Stephen fall deeply in love. However, he is married so though they enjoy each other's company nothing in the long run will come of it. When the Battle of France ends and the Battle of Britain begins, Stephen joins the military while Maude becomes a nurse. Separated by the war, chances of this couple deeply in love with one another ever attaining a permanent relationship seems nil, but then again both are big fans of the Age of Romanticism.

WATERLOO STATION is an old fashion love story that uses WW II as a backdrop to a delightful romantic tale. The lead couple is a charming duo whom obviously belongs together, but chances seem remote that they will. The story line is character driven with limited action; although the war impedes on life, in this novel it serves to bring out the qualities of the cast. Fans of a fervent love story will cherish Emily Grayson's moving tale.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   inconveniently married while playing footsy Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   war bringing lovers together

Main Male Character

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

Main Female Character

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


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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