I was looking for covers that would fit in our new Avant Garde category and fell in love with the US cover for The Midnight Rose. When I began researching the publishing details, I discovered there were several international versions released with different covers. My quest for information expanded. All of the covers have different designs and it’s fascinating how each cover designer interpreted the story inside. Lucinda Riley’s novel falls into the Women’s Historical category and follows one heroine from age 11 forward. The story encompasses 4 generations from 1911 to the present and travels from India to England.
The first cover I’ll show you is the US release. I fell in love with the “Monet” impressionist style used by the designer. (This isn’t surprising since Monet is one of my favorite artists.) The soft colors and the wistful stance of the heroine enchanted me from the first moment and her Sari style costume instantly reminded me of India.
Next, is the UK cover and it gives a different vibe all together with wedged hedges in the traditional English garden. It reminded me of England immediately. The designer also added the hero in a top hat and both H/F face away from the reader to preserve the mystery.
The German version eliminated the heroine and went with an English landscape design. This version didn’t light my fire but it is a pretty cover.
The cover released in Norway has a combination of English and Indian influences. We have a Downton Abbey structure and the quintessential English garden but the heroine is dressed in traditional Indian attire.
The Italian version changes the reader’s view and features the heroine looking out over the gardens from the terrace. She is dressed in a colorful strapless gown with an exotic flower in her hair. For some reason, she reminds me of a maiden from Hawaii and not India. The mystery of her face is still hidden.
My favorite is the US version followed by the Norwegian version. Which covers are your favorite versions of Midnight Rose? Do you agree with me?
Until next time,