Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mary Balogh: The Double Wager

The Double Wager was published by Signet in June 1985 and written by Mary Balogh. Allan Kass illustrated a beautiful cover with our couple in a curricle. A curricle was a light, 2 wheeled vehicle driven by 2 horses. Our hero takes the heroine for a ride in the park. Couples could be alone while driving without a chaperone. Allan's work shows a small lake with swans in the park with another couple strolling. Note her afternoon dress and matching accessories. Our hero wears a riding coat with stiff driving gloves to protect his hands.

Interesting wagers are the plot of this story as our heroine looks to marry during the season. The fun is what happens when our hero is also wagering on love!

Betting and wagers were a large part of regency life. Everyone from the Prince down wagered. Many fortunes were lost at cards and horse racing, lotteries, and personal wagers were also popular among gamblers. Ladies were usually discreet, but still played cards and placed wagers.

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