Monday, February 28, 2011

Look with Love

Look with Love is #28 in the Camfield series and was published in December 1985. Ilita's father, the Earl of Darrington, has died soon after he inherited the title and she is sent to her aunt after she finishes school. Her aunt doesn't want her around and finds her a position as a reader to the Marchioness of Lyss. When her stepson arrives, Ilita is amazed at the atmosphere in the house and hopes to turn it into a home with love.

This is one of the prettier covers in the Camfield series. I like the lake setting and the elegance of our heroine's dress. There is some interesting color coordination with the hero's cravat and the trim on her dress along with the flowers behind them! Very elegant!

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Victory for Love

A Victory for Love is # 27 in the Camfield series and was published in November 1985. Farica Chalfont is being courted by the Earl of Lydbrooke for her fortune. In the woods near her favorite spot, she meets a soldier with an amazing secret!

I like this cover by an unknown artist. We see our couple in an embrace. Our heroine wears a pretty white gown and our hero is darkly handsome. In the background, is a horse which probably belongs to the heroine and a thatched cottage, where the hero is living. I like the shades of blues and greens that make the twilight setting realistic.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Love is a Gamble

Love is a Gamble is #26 in the Camfield series and was published in October 1985. Idona Overton's life changes when her widowed father gambles away their home and herself to the Marquis of Wroxham who has a persistant ladyfriend and Idona herself is pursued by a wicked earl before love triumphs!

This is not a favorite cover. I don't know if the hero has saved the heroine or we see the wicked earl attacking her. His face is too sardonic and dark while she is too heavily made up. What's your opinion of these latest covers?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Paradise Found

Paradise Found is #25 in the Camfield series and was published in September 1985. Salrina discovers a French plot to kill the Prince Regent and she tells the only person she knows: the Earl of Fleetwood, her next door neighbor.

We see our couple standing in middle of an ornate room. Our heroine wears a low cut regency ball gown and is adorned with jewels. Our hero wears the orders of his rank along with court dress. I like the gold embossed table behind them!

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Devilish Deception

The Devilish Deception is #24 in the Camfield series and was published in August 1985. Talbot McCaron must go through with his arranged marriage with Lady Jane, until he saves an girl near the waterfall and tumbles into a mystery which will change the course of his life!

I like the setting of this cover with the waterfall on the land of our hero, who wears the tartan plaid. He saves the heroine who has escaped her captors. One feature of the Camfield novels that I like is the fact that Cartland's next books were listed by title and date of publication!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Royal Punishment

Royal Punishment is #23 in the Camfield series and was published in July 1985. The handsome Marquis of Weybourne has been punished by the Queen by having to escort Clorinda, the Duke of Hyde's daughter, to the Balkans to marry Prince Frederik. While there, the country is overrun by revolutionaries and the marquis comes up with a desperate plan to save them both.

Yes, another risque cover! I'd love to know what Barbara Cartland really thought of these!! This one shows our couple in flight from the revolutionaries, but able to share a moment together!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Temptation of a Teacher

Temptation of a Teacher is #22 in the Camfield series and was published in June 1985. Arletta finds a job as governess in the house of the Duc of Sauterre after being left penniless upon her father's death. She is dismayed at the Duc's hatred for all things English and frightened by the other occupants of the castle.

This cover is definitely one of the "naked" ones that I mentioned earlier and maybe the most risque. It pictures a plot in the novel where the hero and heroine meet for the first time. The ballroom itself is exquisite and interesting as it also doubles as a picture gallery.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Alone and Afraid

Alone and Afraid is #21 in the Camfield series and was published in May 1985 for Barbara Cartland. This story is about Kitrina, who is brought to the attention of her distant relative, the Marquis of Elkesley, by a friend in Paris. Kitrina, born in Africa, is being pursued by a desert Sheikh and hopes that her kinsman can take her back to England before the unthinkable happens!

This is a unique cover since I think it's the only time Cartland uses a coffin as an escape route from a dangerous villain! We see our couple on a safe train and an attendant looking on in bewilderment! I like the expression of the heroine as she gazes into the hero's eyes!

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Peril and the Prince

The Peril and the Prince is #20 in the Camfield series by Jove. This book was published in April 1985. Vida Anstruther's father, a diplomat, has disappeared in Hungary and she decides to go find out what has happened after official channels prove unsuccessful. Her disguise as a young widow works well on Prince Ivan, who she wonders is a friend or foe!!

This is an interesting cover of our couple. Our heroine leans against the hero as they travel on a train and her peasant costume is a disguise as to her real identity. Our princely hero is handsome and gentle. If you like Barbara Cartland's stories set in Russia and filled with secret police and spies, you will like this one!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Very Unusual Wife

A Very Unusual Wife is #19 in the Camfield series and was published in March 1985. The Marquis of Falcon has been asked to become Master of the Horse to Queen Victoria, but there is a stipulation: he must be married! So he proposes to marry one of his neighbor, the Earl of Warnborough, daughters. The two eldest are betrothed, but the youngest, Lady Elmina, decides to marry him for his horses and lovely house, since she hasn't met him yet!!

This is a better cover than we've seen lately! I like that our hero has saved our heroine from some thieves and I like the dark setting of this picture. Our heroine is unusually pretty with her very light blonde hair and it's clear that she adores the hero.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Miracle for a Madonna

Miracle for a Madonna is #18 in the Camfield series by Jove for Barbara Cartland. Lord Mere travels to Italy to retrieve a necklace owned by his sister that was stolen by a faithless lover. Once there, he becomes involved in a dangerous plot concerning that lover and a beautiful princess named Florencia.

Even though I would classify this as one of the "immodest" covers, it has a beauty to it that some of the others lack. Our hero seems to be reassuring the heroine, who is very beautiful, if somewhat indecently attired! I think a backdrop of Italy would have made a pretty cover since few Cartland books were set in Italy.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Love is Heaven

Love is Heaven is #17 in the Camfield series by Jove publishers and was published in January 1985. Delysia's sister, Fleur, was in love with young Lord Sheldon and all London knew it. However, Lord Sheldon already had a fiancee and a ruthless uncle, Magnus Fane, who is determined to keep his nephew from starting a scandal. Delysia and Magnus end up in a confrontation which ends up in love!

Remember the earlier "naked" covers? We continue for the next few books a series of awful, awful cover art. I don't know who was organizing this, but I can't help but think that Barbara Cartland didn't like these at all! When you compare these to the earlier Francis Marshall covers, it makes you want to cry in frustration. While the stories are good, the art is awful. I'm glad that they didn't continue with this trend. Even the floral picture covers later in this series are much better.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Theresa and a Tiger

Theresa and a Tiger is #16 in the Camfield series and was published in December 1984. Theresa has run away from her guardian to France. She is the chef to the Marquis de Sare and living in his chateau, where he rarely visits. It's the perfect hiding place until the Marquis arrives!

This is an interesting cover with our heroine sitting next to a tiger as if he was a kitten! We see our hero (maybe another tiger) standing in the background!! I like our heroine's white gown and hairdo, though I don't think her dress would be cut so low for day time wear.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Island of Love

The Island of Love is #15 in the Camfield series by Jove and was published in November 1984. Lydia's younger sister, Heloise, is beautiful and calculating. She becomes engaged to the catch of the season, the Earl of Royston. He is commanded by the Queen to travel to Hawaii to celebrate King Kalakaua's coronation as her ambassador. Traveling there, he becomes friendly with Lydia and soon begins to realize that he's asked the wrong sister!

This is another in the "almost naked heroine" covers, though it is part of the story when our travelers become shipwrecked! I like the setting of the Hawaiian beach, with the palm trees and native flowers. This is the only book that I know of set partially in Hawaii!