Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Race for Love
The Race for Love is #92 in the Bantam series and was published in October 1978. It is the story of Alita, a poor relation in the home of a duke, who meets her new neighbor, the rich American, Clint Wilber. Her uncle is desperate for money and plans to sell some of his thoroughbred horses to Mr. Wilber, but needs Alita's help to do so. How Alita and Clint meet and fall in love is the romantic plot of this story!
Francis Marshall paints our couple in a large room where he places the heroine on a horse in order for her to put on a show and do tricks for the audience. Our heroine is pretty in a soft gray riding habit and seems to match the horse she's riding. Marshall creates an elegance and serenity that our heroine embodies. It's a very nice piece of art!
In the late 1800's, Englishman were realizing the vast fortunes that certain Americans had and were willing to exchange for goods and titles! For the next 20 years, there would be transactions benefiting both countries!