Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Goddess and the Gaiety Girl
The Goddess and the Gaiety Girl is #130 in the Bantam series and was published in November 1980. It tells the story of Laurentia who is persuaded to masquerade as a certain Gaiety Girl in order to raise money to pay for operations for her father and the Gaiety Girl. She meets the Duke of Tregaron, whose predecessor married Katie, the Gaiety Girl, and falls in love with him, but can't tell him who she really is!
Francis Marshall illustrates our cover with the couple sitting on a settee. She is beautiful in white and our hero looks amazed at first seeing her! Again, an wonderful cover done before Marshall's death!
I like the trim of color around the illustration better than the large pink covers! I think the purchasers did also since this design continued for a while with the Bantam books.