Our Bookmatcher, Billie Bloebaum from Powell’s Airport SuperEdition, has a HaBO request:
Okay. Now it’s my turn to hope the Bitchery can help me out.
It’s been close to thirty years since I read this book—sometime in the mid-
to late-seventies. There’s a good chance that it was published in 1976 for the
Bicentennial. It was a novel for younger readers and one of the featured
characters was the Marquis de Lafayette. The book was possibly told in first
person from the heroine’s perspective. I don’t remember much about the plot,
except that there was a banquet fairly early on where a lot of talk revolved
around the war. I seem to remember that the heroine was betrothed—my mind
seems to think it was to Lafayette, but that isn’t historically correct, so
it’s likely she was engaged to another and just kind of got all swoony for
Lafayette. (And if the paintings of him are accurate, it must have been his
fortune, his brilliant mind, or a finely-turned leg that did her in.) I *do*
know that the novel took place in the U.S. and had a white-ish cover with red
and blue used for the title and author. It was a fairly plain cover, with an
oval-framed portrait (of Lafayette?) in the center and the trim size was
smaller than usual for a hardcover, closer to that of a mass market paperback.
Entirely unhelpful, I know, but my excuse is that my age was still in the
single digits at the time. But, this is the book that I would count as my very
first romance, so I’d really like to find it. I’m sure it won’t be as
entrancing as I remember, but it’s driving me batty not knowing what it is.
Anyone recall this book? Remember, if the first comment guesses it in one try, and Billie confirms the winner, there be Titles bestowed upon the most helpful HaBO-lator in all the land.