Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mary Balogh: A Christmas Promise

A Christmas Promise was written by Mary Balogh and published by Signet in December 1992. In the early 1990's, publishers realized the popularity of holiday themed books and Signet began publishing more in the coming years. This book is about Eleanor, who is wed to Lord Randolph due to her father, a coal merchant, wishes. He dies soon afterward and the couple, who married for wealth and position, learn how to love at the season of Christmas.

This is an interesting cover with our couple dancing in a drawing room during a family gathering. Note the gifts and our heroine's jewels....maybe she received them as a present! They look happy as they waltz around the room. I love the intricate sleeves of her dress and the little girl watching in the background, wishing to be dancing herself!

Mary Balogh's popularity encouraged Signet to have her author some short stories that take place at Christmas. Allan Kass illustrated a few of these Signet Regency Christmas books and I will list them soon.

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