Friday, September 25, 2009
A Runaway Star
A Runaway Star is #88 in the Bantam series and was published in July 1978. It is the story of Gracila, who runs away from her own wedding after learning that the groom is her stepmother's lover! She hides with an old servant and meets Lord Damien, who left England years ago due to a scandal. Can they overcome obstacles and find love?
Francis Marshall illustrates our couple as if they were in a picture! She sits on a limb of a tree and he notices her as he rides by! Her pretty pink dress was typical of the style in the 1840's and the green of the trees seem to brighten her dress. It's amazing how many colors Marshall uses in this picture!
Some upper class women had lovers during the 1800's. Unfortunately, it was only wrong if they were indiscreet. Since many marriages were made for money or position and not love, it became acceptable to stray once the "heir and spare" had arrived. Divorce was an expensive and public solution that most did not pursue.