Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cover Characteristic: Historical Romance

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Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic. 

Why I Picked It: I've never been the biggest fan of peach, but this cover is so pretty. It could easily been seen as overdone with how monochromatic it is, but the softness and slight variations in shade make the cover feel delicate, innocent. 

Author: Kate Noble
Why I Picked It: I was a huge fan of a movie about a courtesan in Venice, Dangerous Beauty, and this book evoked fond memories. I love it's atmosphere, with the city in the background and the gondola in the foreground. I also love the green dress, the lace umbrella and her expression. 

Why I Picked It: I love how chaste this cover is. This isn't the type of genre I have ever read, but I am a huge fan of BBC and Masterpiece Theatre's period piece movies and miniseries.

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Why I Picked It: She has such a beautiful back. I've never noticed a back before, but I love this one. Odd, but true. I also love the little pearl suspended on her back. The golden dress is absolutely gorgeous. It's sexy without having to try too hard. That's really what I appreciate.

Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Historical Romance, Literary Fiction
Release Date:  1817 

Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?

Jane Austen once compared her writing to painting on a little bit of ivory, 2 inches square. Readers of Persuasion will discover that neither her skill for delicate, ironic observations on social custom, love, and marriage nor her ability to apply a sharp focus lens to English manners and morals has deserted her in her final finished work.

Why I Picked It: Because I had to. Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel. I think the relationship between Frederick Wentworth and Anne Elliot absolutely beautiful. It's the perfect novel about regret and second chances, showing how devastating and wonderful they can be. Plus I absolutely love Wentworth's letter; it brings me to tears every time I read it: 
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never.” 
Also, if this book interests you and you like BBC productions, check out the 2007 adaptation of Persuasion starring Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones. They are perfect as Anne and Fredrick. 



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