Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cover Attraction

Hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page who says:

"I love beautiful, or interesting, cover art so every Wednesday I post my Cover Attraction for the week along with a synopsis of the book. Everyone is welcome to stop by and post a link to their favorite weekly book cover."

This Week's Cover Attraction:


A Better View of Paradise by Randy Sue Cob
urn
Summary:

"A Better View of Paradise explores the tender bond between fathers and daughters, ponders the delicate nature of healing, and celebrates the redemptive power of forgiveness and love. Thirty-six-year-old Stevie Pollack has come into her own as a celebrated landscape architect. Her designs, famed for their evocative natural b
eauty, reflect her upbringing amid the splendor of Hawai'i. But when critics blast her latest efforts and her boyfriend abruptly ends their relationship, Stevie seeks solace in her roots among the dazzling flowers, and comforting traditions of the islands and their calming waters. Still, in the back of her mind, Hawai‘i holds troubling memories of a childhood with Hank, her emotionally distant father, and a reserved British mother. Despite her irascible father’s presence, the trip home promises Stevie a welcome departure from her trials on the mainland. But the shocking news that Hank is dying forces the pair’s reunion into high gear. As father and daughter attempt to rekindle their bond, Stevie discovers sides of Hank she never knew, including family secrets that have shaped their lives. And what started as a holiday escape for the beleaguered architect becomes a chance for transformation, one as exciting as it is uncertain. Inspired by her father’s insight, and energized by the attentions of an attractive local veterinarian, Stevie learns to surrender her inhibitions and seize the day."

Edited: I just had to post this comment left by Ms Coburn, the author of A Better View of Paradise:

Randy Sue
said...

"So glad you all like the cover! Although I wrote the book, all the credit belongs to Random House designer Victoria Allen and photographer Randy Faris. This is my third book and my favorite cover, hands down."

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The Bird Catcher by Laura Jacobs
Summary:

"Margret Snow is the quintessential New York woman. She dresses the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue by day and mingles in the downtown art world by night, always searching for her niche in a city intent on capturing Then Next Big Thing as it flies into view. Married to Charles, a professor at Columbia, and living on the Upper West Side, the backdrop to Margret’s life is made up of the poetic rhythms and colors of the Manhattan day: slow-running buses, the gray morning light striking the Hudson, the winter landscape of Riverside Park, the endless round of gallery openings, cocktail parties and grand dinners in the palatial apartments on Manhattan’s upper east side. Against this metropolitan whirl, Margret and Charles pursue a lifelong hobby of bird watching, a passion for which was kindled by her grandfather during long-past summers near the shore in Gloucester, Massachusetts. As they shuttle between their Manhattan apartment, birding in the city's parks, and weekends out of town in their house near Cape May, a violent upheaval pushes Margret beyond the boundaries of her hobby. Overnight, she becomes an art world sensation and just as suddenly has fame ripped from her. As Laura Jacobs proved in her first novel, "Women About Town", she understands the natural habitat of the New York Woman in all its complexity. In The Bird Catcher she moves deeper into that territory with the story of a remarkable woman who is as rare and special as the birds that fill the skies above her."

Don't these covers entice you to take a second look at the book and consider reading it? They do for me.

11 comments:

  1. Ah, I like this feature. Might participate.

    Yes, a cover affects my interest in a book. I know you don't read YA but there was a huge backlash about a controversial decision by a publisher who opted to whitewash a cover on a book with a black protagonist.

    Whitewashing is offensive. Thankfully readers were quite vocal about. Anyway, thanks for this.

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  2. I love those covers too. The top one makes me want to go somewhere tropical.

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  3. I agree those are great covers!

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  4. So glad you all like the cover! Although I wrote the book, all the credit belongs to Random House designer Victoria Allen and photographer Randy Faris. This is my third book and my favorite cover, hands down.

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  5. ahha! you did cover attraction post :)
    Love the first one :)

    here is mine

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  6. I would pick both of those books up in a heartbeat just on the covers alone!!!

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  7. Both of these covers are gorgeous.

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  8. I agree, both of these are really great covers! Good eye!

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