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  1. How are the characters shaped by their birth, or what they believe their birth to be? What do you think shapes them more, their actual birth or how their birth is perceived by others?
  2. Compare and contrast the different fathers and daughters in the book.
  3. How do you think the revelation of who Gisèle’s father is will impact the series going forwards?
  4. Several of the characters are balancing being parents of young children with living dangerous lives. What do you think of the various choices made by Raoul, Gisèle,
    Mélanie, and Malcolm?
  5. At the end of the book Malcolm asks Mélanie what she wants. What do you think she wants?
  6. Who do you think has the upper hand now, the Elsinore League, Carfax, or the Rannochs?
  7. What do you think lies ahead for Bet Simcox and Sandy Trenor?
  8. Do you think Malcolm will ever work with Carfax again?
  9. What do you think David and Simon will do now the Rannochs are able to return to Britain?
  10. Do you think Carfax will still try to compel David to marry? If so, what do you think he will try next?
  11. What do you think lies ahead for Hugh Derenvil and Caroline Lewes?
  12. Do you think being married will change Raoul and Laura’s relationship?
  13. The Rannochs are back in Britain. How will their lives compare to their lives in Britain before they left?