Hey y'all! I'd like to introduce a new feature on the blog. 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 will be a weekly feature where I will highlight 5 awesome book covers that match the wonderful stories inside them. So without further ado, let's get to the covers! The covers featured will all be from books that I've read myself (and highly recommend reading), so if you want or think a cover should be featured, recommend the book!
1) The first cover on my list is the cover of Deeanne Gist's "It Happened At The Fair". Gist was my introduction to historical fiction, and I have loved every single one of her books. This is probably my favorite cover of hers. I love the whole look of it. The dress is gorgeous with all that beautiful lace and the background confirms that the story does take place at a fair. This is simple but stunning cover. I think for me the dress really makes this cover pop.
Gambling everything—including the family farm—Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the fair’s Machinery Hall makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.
The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?
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2) This cover belongs to Karen Witemeyer's "To Win Her Heart". I love the contrast of the models on this cover because it accurately depicts the contrast of the two main characters. I'm drawn to beautiful, elegant dresses, so that's one reason I love this cover, but the main reason is that it just fits so well with the story. Too often you read a book and its cover doesn't come close to matching the story.. But this one is perfection. Another thing that I like about this cover is that, again, it shows us where the story will be taking place (in this, case a town).
After completing his sentence for the unintentional crime that derailed his youthful plans for fame and fortune, Levi Grant looks to start over in the town of Spencer, Texas. Spencer needs a blacksmith, a trade he learned at his father's knee, and he needs a place where no one knows his past.
Eden Spencer has sworn off men, choosing instead to devote her time to the lending library she runs in the town her father founded. When a mountain-sized stranger walks through her door and asks to borrow a book, she's reluctant to trust him. Yet as the mysteries of the town's new blacksmith unfold, Eden discovers hidden depths in him that tempt her heart.
Eden believes she's finally found a man of honor and integrity. But when the truth about Levi's prodigal past comes to light, can this tarnished hero find a way to win back the librarian's affections?
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3) The cover for Kit Morgan's "Her Prairie Knight" is eye catching. The dress (yes I love dresses and gowns!) is beautiful and colorful, and the background's colors play off the colors of the dress perfectly. It is simplistic, but beautiful all the same.
Newly released from prison, the last thing Colin Cooke expected to see in Clear Creek was an angel. But there she was, just getting off the stage, and was of course everything an angel ought to be. Unfortunately, she walked straight into the arms of Mrs. Irene Dunnigan! The one person everyone avoided as best they could. At least until they needed something from the mercantile, then they had no choice. The self-righteous, cantankerous woman owned it! How was he going to get acquainted with the exquisite creature while Mrs. Dunnigan roamed about guarding her like some fire-breathing dragon? Perhaps with a little help from his brothers, he'd manage it. But the sort of help he got wasn't exactly the kind he had in mind.
Belle Dunnigan hadn't expected Clear Creek to be so remote. It was a far cry from Boston society and she soon learned how hard life out on the Oregon prairie could be. But it wasn't prairie life that was hard. It was living with her Aunt Irene! The woman ruled with an iron fist and hated everyone. Especially the Cooke family. And unfortunately for Belle, the only decent men of the marrying kind within a hundred miles, WERE the Cookes! With spinsterhood starring her in the face, what was she to do? Even worse, she was terribly attracted to Colin Cooke, the one man her aunt hated most of all. Will love find a way?
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4) This beautiful cover is from Linda Ellen's "Her Blue-Eyed Corporal". One reason I love this cover so much is that the models look just like the main characters in the story, they look just the way I imagined them when I read the book (for clarification, I read the book before it was published, so did not see the cover beforehand). I think the model's hair is gorgeous! LOVE the Victory Rolls ;) Another fun fact about this cover, the background depicts the setting of a particular scene in the book. ;)
He’d been kicked around for most of his life, but things were starting to change...
Corporal Steve Wheeler’s attitude had taken a turn for the better when he was reunited with the brothers he never knew – Gene Banks and Gary Tucker. He even met a girl that might turn out to be the one, that is—if could tame his penchant for teasing and tormenting...
Mary June Harriman is Vivian Powell’s best friend, and as such, she is often thrown together with Viv’s fiancée’s wisecracking brother. But, just who is this man Steve Wheeler? Is he the hard-edged hooligan he pretends to be...or is he actually a romantic at heart, capable of sweeping her off her feet?
These two spit and spar, dancing around one another, whether it’s at the USO in downtown Louisville or stuck on double dates with their best friend and sibling. Will the two of them continue to rub one another the wrong way? Or will they find that underneath it all, they are actually attracted to one another. And what if fate steps in and turns everything upside down with an incident at the powder plant? Mary June could lose her corporal before they even get together!
If you love stories about WWII and the “Greatest Generation” that read like you’re watching a classic movie, with handsome soldiers and beautiful girls-next-door, then Her Blue-Eyed Corporal is for you!
This is the second book in the Soldiers of Swing series. Get it now and follow the antics of Steve and Mary June!
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5) Last, but certainly not least, we have Josephine Blake's cover for "Little Rose". Josephine actually designs covers, and has designed all of hers, which explains why every one of them are absolutely stunning. One thing I love about Josephine's covers is that they are all so pretty, colorful, and vibrant. The models featured on the cover depict two of the characters in the book, perfectly I might add. I love the background, the vibrancy, and the overall feel to this cover. Josephine's covers are actually what drew me in to reading her books.
It’s been almost two years since Dianna abandoned a cosseted existence in the upper crust of Manhattan for a life in the wilderness of the Wyoming Territory.
Endangered by the man she had once thought to marry, Dianna found herself thrown into the arms of Shiye, a devastatingly handsome Indian with a complicated past. Sparks blossomed between the two and Dianna Brittler fell in love for the first time in her life.
All too soon, the danger in Shiye’s past caught up with them, and the soon-to-be-wed couple had to flee to keep themselves safe from the man that aims to hunt Shiye until his dying breath.
Years later, Dianna is in hiding. Her belly is heavy with child and her ankles are more swollen than the river that runs beside the cabin she helped her husband build. At last, they are safe. Shiye and Dianna haven’t heard a whisper of danger for over two years…
But someone hunts them still. Someone has always hunted them, and he’s been biding his time all these years. Waiting for the perfect moment to exact his revenge.
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*** I hope you enjoyed this first installment, and even more so, I hope you've discovered a new read or two among the list. ;) If you come across a great cover in your reading, let me know! I'd be glad to feature it! ***
Liz Austin. Born and raised in Upstate NY. Bibliophile. Writer. I would rather be reading....