Monday, November 8, 2010

Cover story: Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig

With only a couple of days left in our current giveaway of the latest instalment of the Pink Carnation series, Mischief of the Mistletoe, and a gorgeous Christmas ornament, it seemed like a good time to do a cover story of the series! To me, this series has a really strong identity through its covers, particularly through the first 6 books. I understand that the covers are changing now, which I understand from a marketing point of view but do think is a shame, especially if you have been collecting them for a while.

I am not all that keen on the first UK covers, but do like the second and third ones, and personally I am not a big fan of the cover for the next book either.

Don't forget to go and enter our giveaway after you have finished looking at all this eye candy! And if you like, revisit the Why I Love post that Lauren Willig did for us a while ago on why she loves Men in Black Masks

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

Right to Left: US Hardcover, UK Hardcover, UK paperback, Australian hardcover, US paperback.

The Masque of the Black Tulip

L to R: Paperback, Hardcover, UK Paperback

The Deception of the Emerald Ring

L to R: UK paperback, hardcover

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

The Mischief of the Mistletoe

The Orchid Affair (release date January 2011)


  1. You are right I also have to admit I like the US hardcover not the new US re-print one. I have all of them and it is just like Jean Plaidy there are so many re-prints it might become an issue in the future for collectors. I hate it I am so mad I need one of the older re-prints to finish my Plaidy collection and I can not find it anywhere. I can see this happening with this series.

  2. I love all the US covers, particularly The Mischief of the Mistletoe which has a Currier & Ives feel to it. I found the Australian cover to be mystifying, and I don't like the UK covers at all. I know that they are trying to position Lauren's books as more romance than historical fiction but now the covers look like every other romance novel.