Monday, December 7, 2009

The Prude and the Prodigal

The Prude and the Prodigal is #128 in the Bantam series and the last of the "pink" covers. It was published in October 1980 and is the story of Prunella and her sister, Nanette. Nanette is off in London having a season when a young man from a local family falls in love with her. Prunella doesn't approve and visits his relative, the Earl of Winslow to get his help in breaking off the match. What happens next is classic Cartland!

Francis Marshall illustrates our couple after riding. They sit on a bench and our heroine looks a bit like her name, which isn't the most attractive, in my opinion! She wears a pretty emerald riding dress and our hero is in dashing regency wear. It's a pretty cover and a great story by Barbara Cartland!


  1. what was it about this one (and really several of the pink cover ones) that look so different than the usual covers by Francis? They seem more "crude" if you can say so - by comparison to the usual covers. I always thought they were done by another artist. I hated these pink cover ones. (but still bought, read and collected them!)

  2. I think it's the pink top border. I'm glad that they went back to the other format.

  3. I think it's more than just the pink at the top - the paintings just don't have the same feel - the heroines aren't nearly as pretty - their faces aren't as detailed or something and the heroes not as dashing - they look like they were done in too much of a hurry - brushstrokes don't even look quite the same, really.