Sunday, September 20, 2009

Magic or Mirage

Magic or Mirage is #83 in the Bantam series and was published in April 1978. It is the story of Devina, who is in New York City after the death of her aunt and trying to get back to England. She answers an ad for a companion to a young lady traveling to England and once hired, finds an adventure in love!

Francis Marshall illustrates a great cover for this book, which is set in 1907. Our heroine looks like a Gibson girl with her upswept hairdo and pink fitted day dress. Our hero is handsome in a suit and they sit on board a ship, maybe in a saloon! I like the contrast of the blue cushions behind her and the flowers behind him.

Ocean liner was the modern way of transportation across the Atlantic in the early 1900's. Many were transformed into use during World Wars 1 and 2. Ships were elegant with every modern convenience and took only 7 days to cross the Atlantic!

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