Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Love is Contraband

Love is Contraband was published by Arrow (UK) in 1975 and is the story of the Duke of Westacre, who leaves a house party after discovering a matrimonial plot and escapes into a band of smugglers led by a woman named Georgia. Their adventures bring them together to find true love!

Francis Marshall illustrates our couple at the seaside. Our heroine is dressed as a smuggler and as different as a regency woman as can be! Our hero is dashing in his top hat and and we see the smugglers working in the background. I like the roughness of the barrels and ground. It's an intriguing cover!

Smuggling was a big part of coastal life in England. With France so close and with war between them, many items that were banned or heavily taxed came through these channels. Most people would look the other way in order to accept goods and services. The government spent lots of manpower trying to stop smuggling, especially since spies did enter the country this way!

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