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Phoebe and Gordan were in love and were going to get married, but she never heard from him again. When her parents died his uncle asked her to come live with him as a housekeeper, but when she gets there she learns he has died and Gordan is the new Lord. He is now terribly disfigured, and she realizes that's why he never came back to marry her.
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After seeing a faerie castle and talking to Gordan's aunt, Phoebe becomes suspicious of how Gordan came to be like he is. She finds a letter that tells her Gordan stumbled into a faerie right and he was supposed to die, but because he saved a faerie he was saved. He had to return to the mortal world, hideous, and had seven years to find someone to take his place in the faerie world. Phoebe and Gordan become lovers, finally, and he loves her so much he goes to take his place in the faerie world before the faeries take her too. Phoebe finds him and tries to take his place, but he won't let her.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   disabled/ugly Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   search for magical solution If one lover chases another...    -   she chases after him

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful    -   sensitive    -   scared Unusual characteristics?    -   Physically sick

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:    -   clairvoyant Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   blissful    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   70% 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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