Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sheila Bishop: Honora Clare

Honora Clare was published in March 1981 by Fawcett under their Coventry Romance line #101. It is the story of Honora who is left with two houses in Bath after the death of her father. She decides to open a boarding school for young ladies with these buildings and never realizes that her young ladies could lead her to love and romance!

This is what I would call a typical illustration of Allan Kass for a regency story. His early regency pictures were elegant with the couple always emphasized and the other details always true to the time period. This cover is pretty and set outside in Bath, probably in a park, and shows our couple sharing a moment together. Her purple day dress is simple and her necklace and bracelets are typically Kass. Our hero is handsome in bottle green jacket and buff trousers. I like the rotunda building and swans!

Bath is a beautiful city set on the river Avon in England and a treat to visit. It was built by John Wood and his son, architects who designed the Georgian buildings and town layout. Some of the famous places are the Circus, Royal Crescent, Laura Place, Pulteney Bridge, Bath Abbey, and the Roman Baths. It is an easy city to walk and has many shops, sights, and restaurants. In the 1800's it was considered a place for invalids who took advantage of the baths and water.

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