LDSP comment: Band of Sisters is a definitely a book for women. I thought the image of the women’s stacking fists communicated that very well. I also liked the color. I didn’t care so much for the title in a box, right there in the middle of the image, but I did like the scroll work around it.
Publisher: Cedar Fort
LDSP comment: I loved everything about this cover. It would definitely have me picking it up from the bookstore shelf and flipping it over to read the back. I like the image, that it takes up the entire cover and that the truck is off center. I like the fonts used for the title and the author’s name. I like their placement on the cover and that they don’t detract from the image. I even like the scrollery at the very top and the “a novel” in the middle. This book is my choice in this genre.
Publisher: Deseret Book
LDSP comment: This is what I call LDS Chick Lit. I think the cover did a very good job of communicating that. I loved everything about this cover, too—the colors, the image placement, the fonts, the little flower in the top left and bottom right. It didn’t bother me one bit that the legs are a little too shapely for a “mature” woman. This is my second place choice—and I really debated a long time between Leaning Into the Curves and Growing Up Gracie.
LDSP comment: I chose this as one of my genre finalists because of its simplicity. I like the lacy background. I like the blues. While the title and the cover match, I’m not sure I would have chosen that title myself. I might have gone with something a little catchier.
Publisher: Walnut Springs
LDSP comment: Of all the categories, this one had the fewest covers to choose from. I chose Sun Tunnels and Secrets because of the cool image of the tunnels. I agree with some of the comments that the cover is a little dated and, other than that image, doesn’t do much more to invite me to pick it up. I have to admit, this was an add in because I wanted five books in each category, and I’m surprised that it won the Reader’s Choice for both the genre and the overall.