2015 – Holiday Favorites Honorable Mentions


Tuesday, December 1st was launch day for the 2015 Holiday Favorites cover contest!  The committee voted on 80 holiday covers this year and the top ten survivors are competing for top honors in our annual contest.  We hope you’ll vote for your favorite holiday cover in the Cover Cafe contest between December 1-20.

There are always lovely covers that miss making the finals and our annual Honorable Mentions post shines the spotlight on four deserving covers.  See if you agree with the 2015 Honorable Mentions.


MIRA – September, 2015

For The Love Of Christmas is my sentimental favorite this year. This cartoon cover with the cute dog, red accessories, Christmas tree, and gift bags warms my heart. The story inside is about a woman facing her Christmas alone and the decisions she makes about celebrating the holiday.  I love the pastels used for the background buildings and the lack of marketing blurbs is another plus in my book.


MIRA – October, 2015

 A Winter Wedding cover almost made the final ten this year but it doesn’t really reflect the holidays until you read the story inside.  The cover is very subtle and only hints…no to be honest, there are zero hints that the story takes place around Christmas.  However, it is a beautiful cover and I love the white fur jacket the bride is wearing and her hair is beautiful, too.  I checked and Christmas is part of the story but this cover will work all through the winter season which is a marketing plus.


Center Point, Large Print – September, 2015

This Snow Angel Cove cover is featured on the Library Binding, Large Print edition.  Snow globes are a favorite holiday decoration and this snow globe cover is simple in design but very elegant.  The red barn, horses, wreath inside the globe and the greenery around the base let you know instantly that it is a Christmas story. I wish they had used this version on the other releases, too.


NAL – November, 2015

The fourth and final Honorable Mention is Trimmed with Murder.  Cozy mystery covers always have fun titles and the illustrations are always interesting and detailed.  This holiday mystery is about the Seaside Knitters group and the knitted decorations on the trees made me laugh.  The background features a charming seaside village with the harbor, docks, cottages and of course, the all important little boat.  This is a charming cover that pays homage to the holiday season and yet its whimsy creates a perfect cozy mystery cover.  I love it!

Make sure you visit Cover Cafe between December 1-20 & choose which cover is the best holiday cover for 2015.  Hope to see your vote in December!  You’ll find the ballot link on our home page:  http://covercafe.com

Have a wonderful holiday season! HFFirsts


  1. linniegayl says:

    A Winter Wedding does have a gorgeous cover, but you’re right. It doesn’t evoke the holidays. I too like the Kate Forster cover a lot.

  2. Christiane says:

    I do not like the Forster’s cover. No now in its right mind will carry a tree that way. And what are all these blacks marks who looks like deform birds prints
    The one I really like is the Thane cover. Old fashion Christmas.
    the Sally Goldenbaum is to simplistic. The trimmings are not visible enough and the oat is not visible. Too bad, because the idea was very good.

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