Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
This is a pretty cover reminiscent of Francis Marshall and his beautiful covers. Our couple are sitting outside under some trees and enjoying the beauty of the day. The heroine is almost too elegant for the outdoors in her bright pink gown!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
This is a pretty cover of our couple sitting in a box at the opera. Our heroine wears an ornate gown trimmed in blue with an elaborate hairdo and jewels. The hero is in formal wear and looking at the heroine's enjoyment of the opera. The UK covers were much nicer than the US version of these last few books!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
This is a pretty cover of the hero and heroine. We see them outside a large castle with the mountains and lakes in the background. It looks as if they are meeting for the first time and both are resplendent in formal evening wear.
Friday, May 18, 2012
This looks as if it is another Francis Marshall cover. The faces, especially, look as if they were drawn in at the last minute, especially the hero's. We see a typical hunting scene and the heroine in her green dress is the most colorful part of the cover!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Aspasia's uncle is the rector of the parish, but the Duchess of Grimstone holds the power to force his retirement. When she exercises this, Aspasia decides to plead for his renewal. The Duchess wishes to use her in an evil plot to keep the rightful heir from the succession, but the Marquis of Thane, who Aspasia meets at the Duchess's party, is willing to help her!
This cover is another which could have been done by Francis Marshall. There is no initials, but the style is familiar. Our couple ride a horse and we get the feeling that the hero is protecting the heroine in some way.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
On this pretty cover, we see our couple floating in a gondola. They are dressed for dinner and seem very taken with one another. I like the heroine's gown which looks as if it would still be in style if worn today! The bridge and the gondolier add detail to this moonlight cover.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This book was also printed in the US, but the covers were not as pretty as the UK editions. This has the look of a Francis Marshall cover, but I am not sure if it is one of his works. We see our hero and heroine standing in a warm room looking at a small piece of jewelry that the heroine is holding. I like their regency dress and the style is very close to Marshall's eye and detail.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Nola Brackley doesn't like the new earl, but she warns him when a stranger plots mischief. Soon she is helping him as he tries to keep himself and his estate out of the hands of his insane cousin!
A pretty fan is the focus of the cover of this book.
After this point in time, Barbara Cartland's books were not being published in the US and the internet was so new that books weren't available on there either. Beginning in the next few days, I will have a series of UK published books on the blog. These copies were not printed in the US and are hard to find.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Lady Celita Dale and her friend Judy travel to the chateau of the Duc of Sahran, to whom Judy is betrothed. Judy, however, is in love with another man and Celita is bound to help her, even to the point of marrying the Duc herself!
The US cover has a sachet against a lacy fabric with an elegant fan. Another Victorian photo cover. The UK cover features our couple sharing a kiss. We see hidden treasure behind the door where they are standing. Again, I like the artistic covers with couples.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
On this cover, we see some glass teardrops that could be taken for icicles! Again, the Victorian influence is seen on this photo cover.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Not much to say about these Victorian themed covers except that all things Victorian enjoyed a burst of popularity in the 1990's.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Camfield copy has a photo of an ornate fan on its cover. The Mandarin copy features a picture of our couple standing near some ancient ruins. The heroine wears a pretty blue gown with a matching parasol while the hero is cool in a light suit.
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Earl of Ardwick is furious when he is jilted by a society beauty for a grander title! He meets Lupita and her brother who have been in an accident and decides to see if she will help him by attending the Devonshire Ball with him and in exchange, he will help her keep her little brother safe!
The Camfield copy is another of our photo covers with a necklace of pearls being the dominant feature. The Mandarin copy shows a scene from the famous ball where we see our couple dressed in costume. I am not sure why the US publisher didn't use the photo from this book.
Friday, May 4, 2012
I like the purple flowers and lettering on this cover. Again, they have a Victorian look that was popular in the mid-90's. Not my favorite kind of book covers, but with the popularity of photography and computers, it was cheaper to produce for a book.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
A pink cover for this book along with a fan and berries in the photo. I find these books make it hard for me to remember the story without a picture of a couple on it. What do you think?
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The mid 1990's are the beginning of the era of photo covers. I believe that it was getting too expensive to contract out the art to artists and the ability of graphic design using computers had become cheaper to use to create cover art. On this cover, we see a goblet with roses inside along with a letter all in a Victorian style. We have no clue from the cover about the story at all.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Patient Bridegroom is #141 in the Camfield series and was published in May 1995. The Earl of Rayburne, on return from India, finds his estate neglected. His uncle has stolen his fortune and the earl agrees to an arranged marriage with his father's enemy. Ansella Frazer agrees but is terrified of this stranger and soon the couple are united as danger creeps into their married life.
These covers remind me of the Victorian fashion which made a bit of a comeback in the 1990's. There was a magazine that promoted it called Victoria and this cover is evocative of that style.