LDSP comment: I liked the old-fashioned feel of this cover. I especially liked the image at the top. I would have done more with that. I didn’t much care for the bottom image or the title banner that cuts the cover in half. But overall, it was enough to catch my eye and find a place in the contest.
Publisher: Walnut Springs
LDSP comment: Finding Rose is a lovely cover. I like the girl. Sometimes in photos like this, the model is wearing too much make-up. This one is a tad heavy on the mascara and her eyebrows are plucked a little too modernly, but I can live with that. In real life, the pink on the cover stands out a bit more, making it even prettier. I like the faded edges, the title fonts and the scroll work.
Publisher: Ballantine Books
LDSP comment: The thing I like most about this cover is the vivid colors. You don’t see that a lot on historical covers—and I love it. For that reason alone, it got a place in the finalists. Overall, it didn’t win my vote because I think it’s too busy, the author’s name is too big, and the title is sort of wimpy and lost in the design.
Publisher: Deseret Book
Publisher: Cedar Fort
LDSP comment: I really, really like this cover and it’s my winner in this category. It’s got a lot going on without being too busy for me. The placement of the title and the “A Novel” is perfect. I love the font choices and that cameo inserted for the ‘O’. The train, the letter and the seal place us squarely in the appropriate time period. Everything about it works for me.