Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gail Eastwood: The Persistent Earl

March 1995 saw the publication of Gail Eastwood's The Persistent Earl. Lady Phoebe Brodfield is a widow living in the same London mansion with the Earl of Devenham, who is recovering from war wounds. She believes that she is immune from his charm since she has decided to never fall in love again, but he is determined to win this lady!

Allan Kass illustrates our couple standing in a bookroom or library. Our heroine wears a pretty yellow day dress with a beautiful strand of pearls. Her black hair is piled high on her head and she wears button pearl earrings. Our hero is classically Kass in his pose and features. I like the details of the painting behind them and the ornate blue Chinese vase. Beautiful cover!!


  1. A story about this one: My first glimpse of it was the original painting, seen at the NAL/Signet offices in NYC. I was attending an RWA conference and all the NAL authors were given a tour of our publisher's headquarters. I was at the back of a crowd in the Art Department's hallway, when up front people started "ooh-ing and aah-ing" and then I heard my name being passed back through the group. Curious and mystified, I made my way up and my breath caught when I saw what they were looking at!! A truly memorable moment.

  2. Wow! What a wonderful memory!!

  3. Rhonda, fans sometimes ask me what scene in the book this cover depicts, and as Phoebe is a widow and never wears anything as giddy as this beautiful gold satin gown during the story, I had to point out that it is obviously a depiction of her with the hero after the story ends (Happily Ever After, of course!).

    Gail E.