Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Flame is Love

The Flame is Love is #20 in the Bantam series and was published in July 1975. Francis Marshall paints a Paris scene for both covers but they take place at different times of day. The Bantam cover has our couple walking along the Seine wearing evening clothes and enjoying the moonlight. The Pan (UK) cover has our couple sittling down to enjoy a cafe or park setting. Note the heroine's scarf in the Bantam version while the Pan version has our hero's hat and the umbrella and bag of the heroine on a chair.

This is one of 5 Barbara Cartland books that was made into movies for television, if you can find this one! It was done in the 1970's and was cheesy if I recall! The plot is an arranged marriage for Vada, a rich American girl, to one of England's wealthy dukes. Cartland rarely had an American as a heroine, so this book is quite unique. An accident to her chaperone gives her an opportunity to explore Paris on her own and while doing so, she loses her heart to Pierre, an artist. Read what happens when she has to leave Paris and tell her duke in England that she's not marrying him!

Arranged marriages with rich Americans to the British nobility was very popular in the 1890's with the society mothers trying to buy the highest title for their daughters. Unfortunately, few of these marriages were successful. Consuelo Vanderbilt's to the Duke of Marlborough ended up in divorce.

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