Monday, July 28, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Mystery of the Angry Idol

August 1974 is Signet's publication date for Whitney's Mystery of the Angry Idol! Jan Pendleton was visiting her grandmother for the summer and was prepared for a long dull vacation until she met Neil, Patrick, and saw a stranger lurking nearby! It all had to do with a strange Chinese idol in the house and Jan was determined to solve this mystery!

Allan Kass gives us a picture of a stormy day with our young sleuths as they walk along a dock and look for clues. I like that the boy carries a flashlight and we see an indistinct man on the boat that looks very mysterious!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Phyllis A. Whitney: Linda's Homecoming

Phyllis A. Whitney was a famous author of young adult books and gothic mysteries. Linda's Homecoming was published by Signet in October 1971 and is the story of Linda who has moved with her newlywed mother from Manhattan to a small town called Cedarhill.

Allan Kass told me in a letter that this series of young adult books were some of his favorite to read and illustrate! I hope you enjoy all of the covers. This one shows our young hero and heroine sitting in a lush green glade. I like the purple of her skirt and am always amazed at how this cover would fit a book published now in 2014!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Margaret Westhaven: Yuletide Match

Yuletide Match was published by Signet in December 1993 for author Margaret Westhaven, who wrote other regencies under this line. Signet was one of the first to market Christmas stories and had a successful short story series for many years.

This book is about Caroline Percival who is governess in the Brangley household and is dreading the Christmas season because of the unwanted attentions of Lord Marchton and her desire for his half brother, Guy.

Allan Kass gives us a ballroom setting for this cover which shows our heroine getting some attention from a handsome hero! I like the sage color of her gown and the wreath of flowers in her hair.

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.