From time to time we like to blog about book covers. Some times they are really pretty, some times not. Some times the art is standard for a particular collection, other times is follows a trend (remember all those headless women that abound in HF covers nowadays).
Fellow historical fiction reader Misfit helped us in finding some old cover art for several of Anya Seton's books. It's always great fun to see how the covers reflect the story, or not, and how they have evolved through time.
Today we start by posting the covers for My Theodosia, the book that we reviewed yesterday.
True to the novel's main character all the covers feature young ladies. Some look more like romance than historical fiction but I guess this being a romanticised version of Theodosia's life it's not totally off mark.
The 5th cover, and more recent, is a portrait of Theodosia, painted by John Vanderlyn, and is the one that we would easily identify with an historical fiction book. However I find that my favourite is the 2nd cover, with a ship in the background. It's the one I've read but it's also the most evocative of the story, you'll just have to read it to find out why.
We also decided to include some international covers of My Theodosia, like the very feminine La Belle de Richmond, the French version from 1980, and also the Turkish one from a more recent release.