Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Love Pirate
The Love Pirate is #70 in the Bantam series and was published in September 1977. It is the story of Bertilla, whose mother is a society beauty and sends her away to her aunt in Sarawak, because she doesn't want anyone to know she is old enough to have a grown daughter. Bertilla runs into Lord Saire at the train station and later on board ship as she is fleeing a persistent suitor. Soon he finds himself in charge of this girl and later falling in love with her.
Francis Marshall paints a picture of our hero helping the heroine while the natives in the background watch. Are the natives dangerous? I like the palms and tropical foliage in this outdoor scene.
Sarawak is now a state in Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Barbara Cartland visited the locales that she wrote about and enjoyed traveling to exotic places around the globe. She was scrupulous in her facts and many readers credit her for their love of history!