Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mary Balogh: A Chance Encounter

A Chance Encounter was published by Signet in December 1985 and is an early work of Mary Balogh, one of the most popular regency romance writers. Allan Kass illustrated quite a few of her books and in the next week or so, I will focus on them.

This book is about Elizabeth who became a companion to the daughter of a family after a heartbreak with love and ends up meeting with the one man she hoped never to see again. Mary Balogh writes with great feeling and skill and her earlier regencies are hard to find and collectors items.

This is a beautiful cover by Allan. It shows the couple standing in a doorway of an older building; a church, perhaps. The hero has a look of happiness on his face, while our heroine serenely leans upon the door frame. Note her cheery orange morning dress and straw hat. I also like her bracelet; Allan is known for his jewelry. See the watch fob on the hero! Is our couple taking a break from a country walk? This is a wonderful picture and classic Kass artistry! Some of Allan's best work was done in the 1980's.

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