One of the first thing that draws me as a reader to a book is the cover. As an author, I’m always curious about the design involved in a cover: the colors, the fonts, the imagery, etc. The covers I share here are not a promotion for the book itself, simply an admiration of the cover or aspects of it.
THE IMPOSTER BRIDE, by Nancy Richler, published 20 March 2012
In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man she’s never met. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep—and doomed—love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond – and a need to find the truth.
Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It’s up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know.
My impression: I love the sepia tones of the cover, and how there are multiple distinct elements that amalgamate smoothly for an overall impression. There is just enough detail to be interesting without the cover being overwhelmed. I also like that the woman’s full face is not shown; the reader is given an impression of her, but not a detailed figure that would clash with any mental images the reader could form. There are several editions of the book with different covers, but I saw this jacket at Barnes and Noble last weekend, and it immediately caught my eye.
Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated at Flashlight Commentary. These lovely book bloggers also feature eye-catching covers: