Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gayle Buck: The Demon Rake

The Demon Rake is the first of nine books written by Gayle Buck that are illustrated by Allan Kass. This book was published in December 1986 and is the story of Lady Victoria March, who is desired by Lord Damion St. Claire. His uncle arranges a marriage for them that is not what Damion desired.

Allan Kass paints our couple in an elegant room. For some reason, I'm not taken with the expression on the heroine. The hero, though, is gorgeous! She is lovely in a yellow gown trimmed with green. Note the Christmas decorations on the fireplace mantel.

Even though Christmas was celebrated in regency England, Christmas trees were German and not widely used until Victorian times. Usual decorations included holly, mistletoe, and a yule log.

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