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A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh - behind the scenes

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh

Discussion Guide


  1. Which character in this novel do you identify with the most? Why?

  2. In the novel, Caroline is faced with a series of challenges. Do you find her story sympathetic? Have you ever had a situation where you have been challenged? Did it cause a personal change?

  3. What do you consider to be the important themes in this novel? What examples did you find?

  4. Do you find Gideon Kirby's story sympathetic? Why / why not? 

  5. If you could give Caroline one piece of advice, what would it be? What advice would you give Gideon?

  6. In what ways do Caroline and Gideon change throughout the novel? What do you consider to be the biggest factor(s) in their change?

  7. While this is a work of fiction, certain historical elements and places are referenced, such as the mention of real life fossil hunter Mary Anning in Lyme Regis. How did these historical details affect the narrative? Did they help you to feel a sense of time & place?

  8. What were the most appealing parts of the book?

  9. Did you enjoy seeing references to other characters? Why / why not?

  10.  What do you think happens next?

Read the book Publisher's Weekly called "a winsome exploration of life, love, and faith in Regency England." Link to review here

Find out more about the inspiration and images of the characters, setting and scenes at my Pinterest board A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh

She sells seashells by the seashore...

Want to know more about Mary Anning, the famous female fossil hunter of the early 1800s? Check out Tracy Chevalier's excellent novel Remarkable Creatures

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