Saturday, December 12, 2009

Lost Laughter

Lost Laughter is #132 in the Bantam series and was published in January 1981. It is the last Francis Marshall cover in the numerical series. There is one other book from Bantam that has an FM cover and was first published in hardback. Marshall unfortunately died in 1980 and Cartland had to find another illustrator that met her high standards for covers.

This book is one of my favorites! It's about Jemima and Viscount Ockley. He marries her on the rebound after being rejected by Jemima's stuckup cousin, Niobe. Jemima is looking to leave since she is treated cruelly as a poor relation. Now they have to make the best of a unexpected situation!

I like the action in this cover by Marshall. It shows our heroine in a work apron doing what she has to for the priory. Note the buckets and money that they've made from the spa water! It's a great cover and it's sad to know that it's the end of Marshall's covers for Bantam.


  1. Awww, so this was the last of Mr. Marshall's cover. I so love this book when I was a teenager. Besides adoring BC books, I found the covers so lovely that I always marked the page where the scene on the cover could be found.

  2. Yes, this story is one of my favorites, too!

  3. Just found your blog! One of my favorite covers AND stories.