Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sandra Heath: My Lady Domino

My Lady Domino was written by Sandra Heath and published by Signet for their Regency Romance line in December 1983. Adele Russell decides to crash the Duchess of Bellingham's masquerade, one that she would have been invited to last year! Since her father's death, she is a penniless working girl. Can she still be tempted when she sees her ex fiance there?

I like this relaxed pose by our couple by illustrator Allan Kass. Our heroine sits on a swing with the hero nearby. She looks like a flower herself in the pretty purple gown and the hero is dashing in his red coat. We seem to catch them in a pensive moment while enjoying a bright spring day.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sandra Heath: A Matter of Duty

A Matter of Duty by Sandra Heath was published by Signet in March 1988. Lord Christopher and Louisa were being pushed into a loveless marriage by the dying wish of her brother. She is resolved to make the best of the matter even though he is enthralled with his mistress and she with another!

Allan Kass shows our couple on board a yacht. Our couple is nautically attired and enjoying a sail on a bright summery day. I like that they are in love with one another and enjoying each others company. It's definitely a grab and read cover and an unusual nautical themed one by Kass.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sandra Heath: Mannerby's Lady

Mannerby's Lady, by Sandra Heath, was published by Signet in June 1977. Sarah Jane Stratford lived at Mannerby, but was essentially a prisoner of her father because she wouldn't marry the man he had chosen for her. She was in love with Jack Holland, but it was Paul Ransome who seemed to understand her best.

Allan Kass's illustration is typical of his earlier work: great detail and realistic individuals. This cover is no exception with our hero sitting on the arm of the chair while the heroine stands nearby. Note that their proportions are true. Also note the detail of the Chinese fireguard, the marble topped table, and the chair. Allan's work was always above and beyond most romance illustrators of this time.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sandra Heath: Mally

Mally, by Sandra Heath, was published by Signet in August 1980. Mally had been in love before, but now two very different men were vying for her attention. Sir Christopher was desperate to marry her while Richard Vallender, Christopher's best friend, was kind and comfortable. Who will she choose??

Allan Kass creates a stunning cover for this book. Our couple stand in a library which has an ornate desk and muted blue walls. A shelf of books with a clock makes it homey and a retreat for the owner. Our heroine is pretty in a pink gown, plain of decoration. Our hero's red coat compliments her dress. I guess we'll have to read to find out which of the suitors this is!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sandra Heath: The Makeshift Marriage

The Makeshift Marriage by Sandra Heath was published by Signet for its regency romance line in May 1983. Laura Milbanke was visiting Venice when she impulsively married Sir Nicholas Grenville after he fought a duel for her. Now they've returned to England and both are regretting the marriage when they see others that they might have married!

Allan Kass pictures our couple on the canal in Venice in a gondola and we see all of the romance of that city! Our couple seem in love as they share an embrace. This is an older Kass illustration and I like the detail of the heroine's face along with her pink dress. The lighting is interesting, too. It seems to focus on the people and is darker behind them.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sandra Heath: Lord Kane's Keepsake

Lord Kane's Keepsake by Sandra Heath was published in January 1992 by Signet. Emma Rutherford was engaged to the handsome and wealthy Gerald Kane. Her parents pushed for the marriage and she wondered how she could fall in love with a man who seemed to love another.

We have an action cover by Allan Kass showing teh aftermath of a duel. Our hero looks victorious as the others escort the conquered away. He is dashing with his gun and red ruby holding his cravet lace still! Our heroine seems scared, but relieved.