Saturday, August 29, 2009
Gayle Buck: Lady Althea's Bargain
Lady Althea's Bargain was published by Signet in September 1995. It is the story of Althea, who makes a marriage of convenience with Lord Gareth Lynley after seeing all the marriages around her fail. Afterwards, she wonders if her marriage of convenience could be a love match after all!
Allan Kass paints our couple at a party. He is handsome in regimentals while she is exquisite in an aqua evening gown with matching aquamarine jewels! Note the jewels on her headband. Kass paints some intricate pieces in the shawl that she holds along with the pattern on the floor! It is a beautiful cover!
England was at war with France during this time of the regency, which was 1811-1820. The last battle, waterloo, was in 1816. Many aristocrats sent their second or third sons into the military; for some it was tradition. Others felt this was their way to serve their country.