Sunday, April 28, 2013
I think this is such a pretty cover by Allan Kass. I love the heroine's mourning dress of black with the sheer net bodice. It's so elegant! She and the hero sit near a rose covered vine and are about to share a kiss. Such a beautiful and tender moment.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Allan Kass shows us the scene where the groom kisses Lady Diana. Our hero is dressed very casually while our heroine is ready for riding. I like the two horses standing in the background.
Friday, April 26, 2013
This is another great cover by Allan Kass! I love the heroine's periwinkle blue gown under her heavy darker blue cape and trimmed bonnet. She wears a lace cap that shows her status as spinster. Our hero is handsome in his caped greatcoat and looks like a trustworthy suitor for our heroine!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple clinging to each other while standing in an elegant room. Our heroine is pretty in a powder blue gown with a matching hair ribbon while the hero looks dressed for dinner in black formal wear of the day. This is a classic Kass illustration; some of his best were done in the early 1980's of regency ladies. Enjoy!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I love this cover by Allan Kass. Set in Bath, UK, we see the beautiful architecture with the creamy stone walls and narrow streets. Our couple are dressed exquisitely for a walk in the city and everything from the heroine's shawl to the matching ribbons on her bonnet enhance her pink walking dress. The hero is very much a la mode with his dark jacket, hat, and cane.
If you ever have a chance to visit Bath, do it. It's a beautiful city that still looks like it did back in the days of the regency. It's easy to imagine that you're back in time when walking the streets!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple near a splendid mansion with Georgian style arch windows. I love our heroine's hairdo, all bouffant and curly. Her full blue dress is definitely slipping off of her shoulders!! We get a glimpse of the hero's face, but he looks kind and loving.
April Kihlstrom is one of Signet's most prolific authors. She wrote many other regencies not illustrated by Allan Kass. Some were written as sequels and in series.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Allan Kass presents our couple in front of a modern 1800's mansion! The gardens looks pristine and delightful with flowers blooming on a warm spring day. It tempts our couple to take a stroll before the sun is too hot. The heroine's gown is pretty and I like the accent ribbons on the bodice. Our red headed hero is handsome and dashing. Elegant is the result!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Lady Penelope Westcott agrees to a scheme by Geoffrey Talbot in order to stay single and stop others from nagging her to wed. They set up a pretend betrothal that Geoffrey hopes one day to make real!!
Even though this is one of Allan's later works, it's a stunningly detailed cover for someone in their 80's! The hero is tall and straight while the heroine is elegant as she leaves the carriage. The horses are well drawn along with the landscape in the background. It was sad not to see any Kass covers after 1998.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates our couple in a small room that is decorated with a hunting theme. Our couple wear riding clothes, so it's appropriate that they are standing inside! While our couple is typical Kass in look and pose, I find the painting in the background--Stubbs?--and the crested stained glass intriguing.
I believe Signet also entitled another of their regencies "The Nabob's Widow". Usually they were careful about not reusing titles!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
This cover is prettier in person than the photo! Allan Kass shows our couple standing on a balcony and it looks like they are sharing a quiet story. Our hero's jacket of purple compliments the heroine's yellow day dress. Note his large white cuffs! I like the touches of weathering on the stone railing and the tree growing up alongside the wall of the house.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple in an outdoor scene on the grounds of a pretty estate. They stand near the edge of a stream or lake and definitely share a passionate moment. Note Allan's skill as the heroine tilts back her neck and we see the muscles. One of the things I've always liked about his artwork is that his people are drawn to scale and movement.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
This cover is a typical early Allan Kass one: it's detailed, has a strong hero and beautiful heroine, and the colors are gorgeous. Our couple stand in a small parlor or office. I love the heroine's dress; even though it is for daytime and one color, it has some elegant embellishments and her brooch and hair ribbon are perfect accessories. We get the feeling that they care for each other, even if it's hard to say the actual words.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a scene from the pub with our heroine dressed as a barmaid and cuddling with the hero. We get the impression of a warm and cozy room with two people who definitely care for one another. I think it's interesting that the heroine is wearing a gold bracelet and earrings, which a barmaid wouldn't be able to afford!