Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Georgette Heyer: Cotillion

Cotillion, by Georgette Heyer, is a Berkley paperback from February 1973. This is a great story about Kitty Charing, who will inherit her guardian's fortune if she marries one of his grand nephews! She wants one, but chooses another and the cotillion (a dance) begins!

Allan Kass creates a pretty cover of our couple dancing in an elegant room. The hero is bright in his red coat while the heroine is pretty in yellow. What's more interesting is seeing the reflection of the other dancers in the mirror behind them. I wonder if this doesn't depict Freddy at all, but Jack!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Georgette Heyer: A Civil Contract

A Civil Contract is a Berkley paperback dated June 1974 and written by Georgette Heyer.

Adam Deveril has inherited Fontley Priory after the death of his wastrel father. He decides that his only hope of keeping the priory is to wed an heiress, Jenny Chawleigh, a wealthy financier's daughter. This is one of Heyer's quiet stories, quite heart wrenching at times. I must admit that it's one of my favorites!

Allan Kass's cover, while beautiful, isn't suited to this story. I like the idea of Jenny and Adam taking a picnic lunch to a lake, but unless they went on their honeymoon, this isn't a good representation of the story.