Battle of the Historical Romance Gowns – Take Two

Battle of the gowns - Take Two

Beautiful gowns, resembling modern day prom dresses, are the norm on today’s Historical romance covers. I realize creating authentic costumes for cover shoots and stock images cost extra money but when they reflect the time period of the story inside the cover, they add integrity and authenticity. This month, I ran across three covers featuring realistic and accurate Historical gowns, or at least to this non-professional eye they ring true. Someone who is an expert on historical costumes might see problems with the materials, colors, or styles but to this romance reader they are refreshing. The three covers buck the trend of long, long lavish gowns made of satin and chiffon.  I approve of all three!

Vote for one of the gowns facing each other in one of Cover Cafe’s Historical cover showdowns.  Click on the individual covers in the poll below for a larger size.

I’m curious.  Does anyone else want more authentic costumes on covers or doesn’t it matter?  Which cover won your vote and why?

2015 ~ March New and Notable Book Covers

It’s time for another look at my favorite cover discoveries released in March, 2015.  First up is an adorable Tween cover (Grades 5-8) for Flunked by Jen Calonita.    It has an irresistible theme about a reform school with former fairy tale villains as instructors.  Think about Cinderella’s stepmother as an example and smile at the possibilities.  I was charmed the minute I saw this cover and I’m tempted to buy it and read about those instructors.  The only negative is the missing head of the heroine but my imagination can create an image from the author’s description.  Still, I would love to have seen the face of the heroine.


Sourcebooks Jabberwocky – March 3, 2015


The next cover,  A Hope Remembered by Stacie Henrie, has a simple design and a delicate beauty that instantly captures your attention.  This thoughtful heroine intrigues and I want to know who she is and what is happening in her life.  The partial view of the hat and beautiful flower at the top corner adds to the ambiance and I love the braided red hair.  This is a charming cover.

A Hope Remembered

Grand Central Publishing – March 31, 2015


I love western romances, mysteries, and second chance love stories and the next cover graces a story containing all three of my favorite topics.   The story inside, The Outlaw Takes A Bride by Susan Page Davis,  has an unsolved murder, an assumed identity, an escaped convict, and a mail-order bride.  The cover is simple and yet it sends a powerful image of someone looking for love and a second chance but there is a great distance between the desire and reaching the goal.  This Inspirational title is on my list for a future read.

The Outlaw Takes a Bride

Shiloh Run Press – March 1, 2015


I saw the front cover of, The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose, on Pinterest and then discovered the back cover also featured a larger version of the Eiffel Tower image (one of my favorite things).  I love, love, love this cover and entered it in the Two Image category for next year’s contest.  One word  description….GORGEOUS!

The Witch of Painted Sorrows

Atria Books – March 17, 2015


Until next time, happy reading and remember to always notice the covers.  Someone put time and effort in to their creation and great covers add to the joy of reading.