Thursday, July 30, 2009

Diana Brown: The Emerald Necklace

The Emerald Necklace was published in April 1981 and is the story of Leonora, who is forced to marry a commoner, Etienne, as a marriage of convenience. She becomes prideful and then angry as she spurns but loves her husband.

Allan Kass paints one of my favorite illustrations here with our couple reclining on a sofa with the heroine wearing the mentioned emerald necklace. She is fair and red haired and it suits her. Note her creamy lemon dress and matching slippers. Our hero is handsome and dressed with elegance in a black coat and high cravet. They look so relaxed and falling in love in this pose. I remember that the cover art as being more interesting than the story inside!

Marriages of convenience were still common during the regency and were made for money or social advancement. Georgette Heyer wrote A Civil Contract as her "marriage of convenience" story.

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