Friday, June 12, 2009

The Fragrant Flower

The Fragrant Flower is #35 in the Bantam series and was published in March 1976. This is an interesting story that takes place in Hong Kong!
Azalea's evil guardians treat her as a servant and when she falls in love with Lord Sheldon, who is destined for one of her twin cousins, the twists and turns of this creative tale become apparent! As far as I know, this is the only book Cartland set in Hong Kong which would have been under British control in the 1880's. In 1999, it was returned to Chinese rule.

Francis Marshall paints 2 beautiful covers for this book! The Bantam one has Azalea in a gold Chinese outfit while she's in pink on the Pan cover. Both are gorgeous and emphasis her eastern blood! Note the junk on the water behind the couple on the Bantam cover while the Pan cover has our couple in an oriental garden setting. What is interesting is that you can see Francis Marshall's initials at the bottom of both covers!

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