Adult colouring is hugely popular at the moment, with many fans extolling its stress-busting virtues, and Mills & Boon, the UK's most popular publisher of romantic fiction, has got in on the action, launching its first ever colouring book, 'The Art of Romance'.
The book features 47 cover illustrations to colour in, each one dated, with accompanying year-by-year facts, quotes and memories to give social history and context.
It's a fascinating look at the history of romance and women's place in society through the years. During the war years, for example, one novel was called Frail Amazon, a title that would probably irk modern feminists but I could imagine that at the time, when women were forced to put their femininity aside and take on the roles of the men who had gone off to fight, reading about a fragile woman in need of protection would be appealing.
Certain covers made me snigger because their innocent titles could be misconstrued in the modern world where sexual innuendoes and double entendres are so ingrained !
You get a real feel for the social etiquette, changing fashions and stereotypical roles of both sexes throughout the years, from the 1900's to the present day.
Certain historical events get a mention, from the austere war years, the birth of a royal baby and the swinging sixties to the rise of the rom-com in the noughties.
As well as being a relaxing trip back in time to your happy days colouring as a child, the romantic covers will allow you to step back in time, discovering what romance was like when your grandparents and parents met or even reliving your own teenage romances and first kiss !
The Art of Romance is available in all good bookshops and from www.millsandboon.co.uk.
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