Saturday, September 26, 2009
The Passion and the Flower
The Passion and the Flower is #89 in the Bantam series and was published in August 1978. It is the story of Lokita and how her dancing attracts the admiration of Prince Ivan, a cousin of the Tsar but he cannot marry a commoner. How they end up together is the plot of this romantic novel by Cartland!
Francis Marshall paints a gorgeous cover for this book. Our couple stand in a candle lit garden with the heroine in a white bustle gown which looks like a wedding dress! Our hero is dashing in uniform and is taking down our heroine's hairdo! It is a very romantic cover!
As mentioned before, royalty in most countries had to marry royalty or have special permission to marry elsewhere. While men amused themselves with opera singers and ballet dancers, they did not marry them.