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Molly Gibson is the much loved daughter of a widowed town doctor. The doctor wishing companionship and a mother figure for his daughter married Hyacinth. Molly resents her step mother but becomes fast friends with the supercilious daughter Cynthia. Cynthia is secretly engaged to Mr. Preston a rogue who worked for the house of Lord Cumnor, where Hyacinth had been previously employed as a governess.
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Close friends of the doctors are Squire Hamley and his disabled wife. Molly spends a lot of time at their house as both a friend and helper with the wife. Eventually she also meets Roger who has returned from travels for the Geographic Society. She is instantly enchanted and falls in love with Roger. Unfortunately Roger is drawn to Cynthia's beauty and becomes engaged to her.

The remainder of the story is how the lives of these characters interact. When Cynthia runs off and marries a London Barrister will Molly finally get her chance with Roger? How does Squire Hamley and others deal with the death of Rogers's brother and Mrs. Hamley?

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Step Parent(s) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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