Thursday, June 18, 2009

Passions in the Sand

Passions in the Sand is #41 in the Bantam series and was published in June 1976. It is the story of Vita and how she leaves England and an arranged marriage to visit her cousin Jane in the Syrian desert! On her way to Jane's, Vita is kidnapped by a handsome sheikh, who is an enemy of her cousin's husband. Find out what happens in this thrilling tale by Barbara Cartland! Jane Digby is based on a real person, too!

This book heavily draws from Cartland's love of books like The Sheik, by E. M. Hull, that she read as a young girl. The handsome, masterful hero winning the love of the beautiful young girl!

Francis Marshall paints 2 beautiful pictures for these books. The Bantam one is set in a tent and has the couple struggling together. Note the rich fabrics and gold accessories inside the tent! The Pan cover has our couple outside near a watering trough with the hero embracing the heroine. In both, she wears a candy pink dress or riding skirt and has beautiful strawberry blonde hair! Note that our hero wears almost an identical Arabian headress and robe in both covers! These covers are an exotic picture of love in the desert for her readers!

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