Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Do You Know Her One True Love?

by Raelene Gorlinsky

Here's something to mull over while sipping the mulled wine, to keep your mind nimble for a while. Can you identify this once-famous romance book? Be the first with the title and author to win the prize! Extra points for knowing the "story" behind the story.

Front cover blurb:
More savage than Sweet Savage Love!
More wuthering than Wuthering Heights!
More windy than Gone With the Wind!

Back cover (names removed so that you can't get away with an easy Google search!):
Meet Lady V[...], whose heart-stopping beauty has caused more coronaries than saturated fats. Join her in a dizzying odyssey as she's transported from nineteenth-century England to old New Orleans (and back again).

Swooning at the drop of an eyelash, V is swept from rapture to reverie, reverie to romp, and romp back to rapture; she won't rest until she finds Real Romance--or loses her virginity--though she'd kind of prefer it if they happened close together.

Voluptuous V's virtue is nearly (darn it!) compromised by such luminaries as the filthy French explorer, [...], who wins her in a poker game aboard a Mississippi steamboat; Lord [...], who dresses like a bloodhound and has been known to lift his leg at masked balls; and most romantically, the dashing Duke of [...], V's One True Love.


H. L. Dyer said...

Love's Reckless Rash by Rosemary Cartwheel

I'm not sure what you mean by the story behind the story, unless you mean that it's meant to poke fun at the traditional bodice-ripper.

H. L. Dyer said...

Or is the "story behind the story" that John Blumenthal dressed up in a 19th century gown to promote it?

Anonymous said...

dear lord I just knew they had to have made it up!

Problem Child said...

I was just thinking about that book the other day... and then it shows up here. Amazingly enough, I found a copy of the book today while cleaning out my grandmother's apartment! ~cue freaky music~

H. L. Dyer said...

So what is the "story behind the story, anyway?