Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Heart Triumphant

The Heart Triumphant is #53 in the Bantam series and was published in December 1976. It is the story of Cerissa and Sheldon, who she meets on board a ship crossing the English channel. She is the illegitimate daughter of a French Duc while his family sent him away from England in his youth. Can the adventuress and adventurer ever have a life together?

Francis Marshall paints an elegant illustration for this book showing our saucy French lady beautiful in black with her servant standing behind her. Our hero is handsome in teal and interesting with his arm in a sling. They look as if they're at a party and Francis Marshall lets the colorful illustration tell a story. This is a great story and I recommend it as one of Cartland's best!

Until 1793, many English traveled back and forth to France. Paris was considered the most elegant of cities and even during the war, England was insatiable for French fashions and food. Most of the emegres were aristocratic French who disapproved of the upstart Napoleon and revolution in their country.


  1. This was a favorite cover of mine. In high school I painted a batik version of it and my mom liked it so much she put it in a frame and hung it! I still have it somewhere.

  2. Don't you just love that dress?!