Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Sheila Bishop: Lucasta
Lucasta was published by Fawcett in 1978 and is the story of Nell and her best friend, Lucasta. They lived in a little village and Lucasta was engaged to Captain Delauney, handsome but with no fortune. Lucasta is also being paid attention to by Alexander, much to Nell's chagrin. Nell is concerned that Lucasta may be falling for Alexander, who she likes.
Allan Kass has drawn a beautiful cover with our hero and heroine at an opera house or concert hall. I don't know which couple is portrayed except that the hero is dashing in regimentals while the heroine is elegant in a white day dress with gold accents. They look to be earnestly talking while stealing a moment away from others.
England was at war with France during most of the regency times and soldiers were stationed all over the country. Many of the officers would mingle with the local society, as portrayed in Pride and Prejudice, and the single girls were given a chance to meet new young men or find potential spouses.