Friday, December 30, 2011

Veronica Heley: Kate

Kate, by Veronica Heley, is a Coventry Romance for Fawcett, numbered 185 and published in May 1982. This is the only book by Heley illustrated by Allan Kass, but I believe she wrote a few other regencies. This book is considered Victorian, which was the time frame after 1830.

Kate was in love with Max, who was engaged to Amy. Unfortunately for him, he is falsely accused and thrown into prison, so his fiancee marries another. Kate ends up helping him, but finds out that through all of this torment, he is still in love with Amy. We'll end here, but realize that the cover is probably the best part of this book!

Allan Kass creates a rare Victorian illustration for this cover with our couple standing in a room with an elegant fireplace! Our heroine's dress is emerald green, full and fancy. I like the headband of ribbons that match her gown and the lacy, frilly gloves. It's the gown of a young girl, but beautiful in its detail. The hero wears a suit similar to our modern tuxedo, where his cravet resembles a tie.

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