Romance Book Club Alert

A book club was recently started in my building and I experienced the joy of sharing what I read. Though we found plenty of things to discuss about our first novel, I couldn’t help thinking it would have been helpful to have a discussion guide from the author. With that in mind, I’d like to offer my guide for Touch of a Thief in case you belong to a club that would enjoy a historical romance.

About the Book

Touch of a Thief is the first novel in Mia’s Touch of Seduction series. Each of the three stories features a character with a psychometric gift—the ability to perceive information not readily apparent by other means through touch. In this book, the heroine Viola Preston receives visions from gem stones of their past owners’ lives. A difficult proposition, since the lady is a jewel thief.

Discussion Questions

Do you accept the premise that Lady Viola has a psychometric gift? What price does her ability exact in exchange for the special insights she receives from it?

Adoption was not legal in Great Britain until well into the 20th century. How did this affect the Doctrine of Lapse that cost Prince Sanjay his kingdom?

Why do you think Greydon Quinn is so adamant about fairness? How does his  brother’s death in childhood affect him?

How is Viola’s experience of losing everything when her father dies without a direct male heir similar to Sanjay’s when his father dies?

Lady Viola was quietly ‘ruined’ by Neville Beauchamp prior to the beginning of this story. Why do you think society in general censures women for sexual experience while it encourages men to experiment?

How does the Sepoy Mutiny impact Greydon? What was the final injustice that led to the revolt of Indian soldiers against their English commanders?

Injustice is a major theme in Touch of a Thief. Can you name some examples of injustice that impact the characters and how they deal with it?

When did you feel Greydon and Viola began to love for each other sacrificially?

If injustice is a major plot mover, are you satisfied that justice has been served to all parties by the end of the story?

Will Greydon be satisfied with life as an English lord? Do you think eventually he’ll convince Viola to travel with him back to India? What adventures will they have together that we’ll never know about?

Touch of a Thief by Mia Marlowe

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Thanks for reading and sharing my work with your reading friends! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.

If your reading group chooses to read Touch of a Thief, I’d  be pleased to be available by phone or Skype to answer questions. Please contact me and we’ll set things up. I’d also be happy to send enough romance trading cards of Touch of a Thief for your group.

Happy Reading!

2 thoughts on “Romance Book Club Alert

  1. librarypat says:

    Great idea. I remember searching for discussion questions before choosing books for the book club we were trying to start at the library. They are important, especially when a group is getting started and don’t have a good “feel” for how a club runs and how to get a good discussion started.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Pat. I’m glad to know you find discussion questions helpful. I wonder if I ought to offer a printable version on my website. Hmmm…

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