Friday, July 25, 2014

Margaret Westhaven: Four in Hand

Four in Hand by Margaret Westhaven was published by Signet in January 1993 and is the story of Jane Averham, a widow who was happy never to be wed again but her lover was ever hopeful. Can a widow reveling in her freedom trade it for love?

Allan Kass gives us a more mature couple for this cover and one who cares for each other. I like the formal dress and especially the jewelry of the heroine. The hero is enthralled and dashing in his almost purple coat. Click on the photo to enlarge.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Margaret Westhaven: Country Dance

August 1991 was the publication date for Margaret Westhaven's Country Dance. Marianna Chapin's mysterious new neighbor had the whole area talking but she decided that she wasn't going to set her cap for him like her stepsisters!

Allan Kass paints a rural scene for this cover with our heroine in country attire picking flowers in a little walled garden. I like that she seems unaware of the hero! The setting is also lovely with the river flowing gently in the background.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sheila Walsh: The Wary Widow

The Wary Widow is the last of Sheila Walsh's books illustrated by Allan Kass, but she wrote many others for this series. Published in September 1985, this is the story of Charlotte Weston, who is in Vienna after the death of her husband and meets two very different men!

I like the unusual pose of our couple on this Allan Kass cover. The heroine is lounging against the cabinet while the hero looks down. Both are dressed for dinner and in a room that is very elegant. There is a suggestion of intimacy in their relationship which is sweet.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sheila Walsh: The Sergeant Major's Daughter

August 1978 is the publication date for The Sergeant Major's Daughter by Sheila Walsh. Felicity was orphaned during Waterloo and became a governess to have a place with her cousin. However, she is attracted to the owner of Cheynings and wonders what her lot in this life will end up being?

Allan Kass shows our couple at a stagecoach stop where the heroine looks to be leaving and the hero urging her to stay. This cover is interesting because while the people and coach are detailed, the background isn't. This is one of Allan's earlier regency covers, too.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sheila Walsh: The Runaway Bride

The Runaway Bride was published in October 1983. Consuela Vasquez was visiting England from Spain and found a freedom that she lacked at home. So when it came to returning and marrying, would she go?

Allan Kass creates a picture of our couple in a casual pose near the seaside which seems foreign to the blurb on the back cover and makes the reader wonder if the heroine found the freedom she was seeking? I like the colors and the pink wildflowers nearby.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sheila Walsh: The Rose Domino

The Rose Domino, another Signet Regency by Sheila Walsh, was published in October 1981. Marissa was the sensation of London but a young lord was determined to marry her. A friend of the family, Gervase Maxwell was sent to distract her and found himself unsafe from the beautiful singer.

Allan Kass creates an elegant cover here with our couple outside during a masquerade. Here we see the rose domino of the title and the beauty of the heroine. The hero seems enamored while the setting is simply elegant. I really enjoy Allan's earlier covers and feel that this is one reason why the Signet Regency Romance line was so popular.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sheila Walsh: The Pink Parasol

The Pink Parasol was published by Signet in March 1985 for popular author Sheila Walsh. Cecily Merton was willing to marry to pay off her father's gambling debts but the question was whom to choose?

Allan Kass illustrates our couple out on a walk in a park. The heroine is warmly but elegantly dressed (love that bonnet) while the hero is handsome and dapper! I like the little details like the rose in her hat and the lamp on the phaeton.