Hey y'all! I introduced a new feature on the blog recently, to give a quick recap: You've all heard the old saying "Don't judge a book by its cover", well I'm here to tell you that sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover! ;) I mean let's face it, we all love books with beautiful covers, don't we? ;)
This is a weekly feature where I will highlight a few awesome book covers that match the wonderful stories inside them. So without further ado, let's get to the covers! If you want or think a cover should be featured, feel free to recommend the book!
1) This is the cover of Deeanne Gist's "A Bride in the Bargain". This book was actually the first historical fiction book I read, it's the one that got me interested in the genre. Deeanne is one of my top favorite authors, she never disappoints, you can count on a great read from her every time. This cover is beautiful, I love the gown. The ax featured in the photo represents the hero in the book, who happens to be a lumberjack. This cover does an excellent job of representing the contrast between the hero and heroine of the story. Also, a fun fact: The model is actually Deeanne's daughter! ;)
In 1860s Seattle, a man with a wife could secure himself 640 acres of timberland. But because of his wife's untimely death, Joe Denton finds himself about to lose half of his claim. Still in mourning, his best solution is to buy one of those Mercer girls arriving from the East. A woman he'll marry in name but keep around mostly as a cook.
Anna Ivey's journey west with Asa Mercer's girls is an escape from the griefs of her past. She's not supposed to be a bride, though, just a cook for the girls. But when they land, she's handed to Joe Denton and the two find themselves in a knotty situation. She refuses to wed him and he's about to lose his land. With only a few months left, can Joe convince this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride
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2) This lovely cover belongs to Karen Witemeyer's "Stealing the Preacher", which happens to be the second book in her excellent The Archer Brothers series. Y'all probably know me by now and expect me to say something about the dress/gown featured on the cover, hahaha, sooooo... This dress is beautiful! #1, it's my favorite color and #2- the style of it is just classy and gorgeous! I love the late 1800s styles. I also like that there's a church incorporated into the background scenery, as this story revolves around a church. This cover does a wonderful job of showing the potential reader what the story is about and who it involves. I highly recommend this book, Karen is another author who never disappoints.
On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.
For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna's outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?
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3) This cover belongs to Josephine Blake's "Sarah-Jane", the fourth book in her fabulous The Brittler Sisters series. I love Josephine's covers, they're always so bright, vibrant, eye-catching, and downright gorgeous. This is a cover that is like a warm summer afternoon that immediately invites the reader to step into its story.
Sarah-Jane is perfect. She's petite, and adorable and happy. There's not a young woman in all of Manhattan that doesn't envy her. But beneath the easy-going charade she displays, Sarah is desperate. Her life is full of a gentle complacency. She's entirely dependent on the will and whims of others, and she also has a secret. A desire that takes hold of her when she's least expecting it. A reckless, misguided need that she can never allow to surface.
When Carson Williamson stumbles across a fiery-tempered woman in the ruins of his great great grandfather's mansion, he never once suspects that she would be the same well-bred, high-class lady he has arranged to meet the following week. Under the distinct impression that Sarah-Jane is hiding a myriad of insane emotions from her family, he sets about attempting to force her to show her true self to the world, and thereby have her committed.
But Sarah-Jane isn't about to have that. She's not insane. And now she has to prove it to Carson before he does something drastic.
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4) This beauty belongs to Regina Jennings' "Caught in the Middle", the third book in her interesting Ladies of Caldwell County series. This is an enjoyable, interesting series. It's hard to chose which book is my favorite, but I'd probably go with this one. I love this cover because it's not only pleasing to the eye, but it also perfectly depicts the heroine's dilemma. Anne is a rough around the edges, pants wearing, gun-toting woman, but current events force her to pretend to be someone she's not..... a proper woman. This is such a fun book with a cover that matches. ;)
The train to Garber, Texas, is supposed to bring life's next victory to Nicholas Lovelace. Instead, it gets held up by robbers who are thwarted by the last person Nick ever expected--Anne Tillerton from back home in Prairie Lea.
Anne's been hiding away as a buffalo hunter. She's only in town to find their runaway cook, but the woman flees--leaving Anne with her infant son. With Nick the only person Anne knows in town, the two form an unlikely team as they try to figure out what to do with the child.
But being in town means acting and dressing for polite society--and it's not going well for Anne. Meanwhile, Nick's work is bringing new pressures, and being seen with a rough-around-the-edges woman isn't helping his reputation. Caught between their own dreams, a deepening relationship, and others' expectations, can the pair find their way to love?
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Liz Austin. Born and raised in Upstate NY. Bibliophile. Writer. I would rather be reading....