Thursday, March 31, 2011
Dancing on a Rainbow is #43 in the Camfield series and was published in March 1987. Lady Loretta's father is forcing her into marriage with the Marquis of Sauerdun, the son of a good friend. She is aghast at the thought of an arranged marriage and is determined to prove to her father that he is a rake!
We see our couple standing in front of a beautiful fountain and dressed in evening clothes of the 1880's. Our heroine uses pink roses to accent her blue bustle gown and hair. The hero is elegant in tails. It's a pretty and romantic scene and much nicer than the earlier risque covers!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
A World of Love is #42 in the Camfield series and was published in February 1987. Carmella's brother has incurred a gambling debt that he can't possibly pay back. He has wagered his mother's sapphire necklace, a famous heirloom that is now set with fake stones! When the Marquis of Ingleton, who won the wager, invites Gerald to his house party, he decides to bring Carmella and to see if they can steal back the necklace!
This is an interesting cover with our couple on a staircase. The heroine is pretty in a blue dinner gown and looks at the hero with a smile. I like the sweeping staircase and feel of grandeur and wealth that the artist produces.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Love Casts Out Fear is #41 in the Camfield series and was published in January 1987. Alecia Stambrook helps her cousin by impersonating her while in France with her cousin, Lord Kiniston, is a member of the army of occupation. Alecia is afraid of being found out and of falling in love with her cousin's guardian!
We see an exciting cover of our couple taking cover from a bomb blast! They are at an important event and dressed for the occasion! It's a crazy, colorful, action scene and a perfect juxtaposition of the title!
Friday, March 25, 2011
The Golden Cage is #40 in the Camfield series and was published in December 1986. Crisa Royden is widowed after weeks of marriage to an American. She plans to leave her horrid relatives and flees to Europe! Incognito, she meets Adrian Thorpe, a man who hates all wealthy women!!
We see our couple on board ship with our heroine holding a smoking pistol! Our hero is handsome and his arm's in a sling. There is a villain wounded on the floor!! The room is very ornate and elegant and our heroine very richly dressed!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Listen to Love is #39 in the Camfield series and was published in November 1986. Anthea Brooke is shocked and intrigued with the Marquis of Eaglescliffe, who is the new owner of her home. Will music bring them together or tear them apart?
This artist paints a pretty cover of our couple. Our heroine plays the piano while the hero listens nearby. I like her pretty but simple evening gown and how the hero seems enchanted with her playing. He is also dressed fashionably and I like the lace at his cuffs. The piano itself seems very grand and fancy!
Friday, March 18, 2011
The Love Trap is #38 in the Camfield series and was published in October 1986. A very determined married woman is planning on making the Duke of Wynchester her next husband! Once he finds out, the duke leaves his mistress, but rescues her step daughter, Janeta. Can the solution to both of their problems be marriage to each other?
This is a nice cover of our couple at dinner. I like the setting and all of the colors. Our heroine is very pretty in her blue evening gown and jewelry. The jewel tone of the wine carafe blends in with the hero's jacket. The butler is emphasized as much as the couple and that brings an interesting dynamic to this cover.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A Dream in Spain is 37 in the Camfield series and was published in September 1986. Valeda Alcester has agreed to pose as governess to her niece in order for her rich and elegant sister to ensnare the Marquis de Silvala as her second husband! However, the Marquis is interested in Valeda because she resembles his favorite painting of the Madonna!
I'm so glad we are done with the "naked" covers. This one is so pretty. It shows our couple in a museum with the heroine in front of the hero's favorite painting of the Madonna. Her 1880's yellow bustle dress is fancy but shows her height and delicacy. It's unusual for Barbara Cartland to have a Spaniard as the hero!
Monday, March 14, 2011
The Secret of the Mosque is #36 in the Camfield series and was published in August 1986. Rozella Beverly travels to Constantinople to replace her father as a translator. She meets Lord Mervyn, who is infuriated with the switch. Can they work together to complete a vital mission?
This cover shows our couple looking down into a hole where light is showing and we assume people are talking. Our couple wear traditional clothing to keep anonymous. What's interesting is how their hands are clasped together! A sign of love!!
Friday, March 11, 2011
The Devil Defeated is #35 in the Camfield series and was published by Jove for Barbara Cartland in July 1986. Dorina Stanfield, the vicar's daughter, is angry at the new Earl of Yardecombe for his treatment of his parishioners, but is determined to save him after hearing of a devious plot against him by his heir!
This is a pretty picture of our couple sitting on a log talking! I like the sweeping landscape towards the grand house in the background. It is what we think when we picture an estate! I am not a fan of our heroine's close bonnet, though!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Escape is #34 in the Camfield series and was published in June 1986. Barbara Cartland writes a story set in 1870 during the Siege of Paris by the Prussians. The Earl of Kyleston is in Paris after being besieged by a lady and while there, he meets Miranda, who is a distant relative and in desperate need of help for her mother, who is very ill. Can two people find love in the midst of death and war?
This is one of my favorite covers by the unknown artist because it shows a scene in the story where our couple escape Paris in the only way available: a balloon! I like the contrast of their fur coats and the muted balloon colors. This book has special meaning to me because I have a daughter named Miranda!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Crowned with Love is #33 in the Camfield series by Barbara Cartland and was published in May 1986. Princess Giona is sent from Queen Victoria to marry King Ferdinand of Slovonia, who is old and cruel. On her way there, she finds out that the previous king had a young son who disappeared. She is determined to help the country find the man who is the rightful king!
This is an interesting cover of our couple after the rightful king has taken the throne. We see the happy crowds and the flower decked carriage as the triumphant procession progresses through the city.
I've always liked Cartland's stories of kings and queens. Here she takes a real fact, that Queen Victoria did place her relatives on the thrones of Europe, and creates a great love story from it!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Haunted is #32 in the Camfield series and was published in April 1986. The Marquis of Heroncourt, back from the Napoleonic wars, is bored until he rescues Mimosa Field and her young brother, an earl, from an evil heir to the earldom. Can he complete this task and keep his heart intact?
This is a pretty cover of our couple. It's interesting that the people are vivid and the background is soft and almost fuzzy in appearance. The light and colors mimic the heroine's nightgown.
I'm always amazed at how many stories Barbara Cartland set in the regency time period. That is where I got my love of all things regency!!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Safe at Last is #31 in the Camfield series and was published in March 1986. For some time now, Cartland's books have been published one a month, as opposed to two a month during the 1970's.
Otila Ashe is an heiress who is being sought for her fortune. She is in Paris away from her family and in desperation, flees to Lord Kirkly's hotel room for protection. He feels bound to help her but finds that it will take all of his intelligence in order to accomplish the task and save Otila.
We see a cover with an interesting view of our couple defending themselves and the heroine already wounded! I think it's unique because we see no antagonist!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Helga in Hiding is #30 in the Camfield series and was published in February 1986. Helga Wensley is hiding in London from her stepfather. She takes a role in the Duke of Rocklington's private play only to find out that she may play a more permanent role in his life!
This is a pretty cover of our couple after they have been married. We see the church and our couple is handsome in their wedding finery. I think the perspective may be off a bit on this cover, but it is otherwise nice.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Never Forget Love is #29 in the Camfield series and was published in January 1986. Nerissa is astounded when her widowed sister, Delphine, returns home after a long absence and tells her and her brother that the Duke of Lynchester is planning on proposing. He wants to visit her ancient house where Queen Elizabeth once visited and she needs Nerissa to cook dinner for them. They decide to accommodate her since they so desperately need the funds she promises them but the Duke, after visiting, is intrigued with Nerissa!
I like this cover done by an unknown artist of our heroine sitting in front of a mirror. She is pretty in her white gown and tiara with the cluster of forget-me-not flowers. It's an interesting idea for a cover!