Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cover Focus: A Most Unsuitable Match

A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Book blurb from : An unlikely attraction occurs between two passengers on a steamboat journey up the Missouri River to Montana...

She is a self-centered young woman from a privileged family who fears the outdoors and avoids anything rustic. He is a preacher living under a sense of duty and obligation to love the unlovable people in the world. She isn't letting anything deter her from solving a family mystery that surfaced after her mother's death. He is on a mission to reach the rejects of society in the remote wilderness regions of Montana. Miss Fannie Rousseau and Reverend Samuel Beck are opposites in every way... except in how they both keep wondering if their paths will ever cross again.

Why I like this cover: Two reasons, primarily. 1. It’s pretty. 2. It’s unique. Now for a little more detail, starting with the lady (whose name, incidentally, is Fannie). That yellow dress is one of unique parts of the cover. It looks like a yellow and green plaid underskirt, and a yellow overskirt, and a big (look at it, very large) plaid bow. Plus a little more plaid around the collar and on the hat. I, for one, am curious to see what it looks like from the front. And don’t you love that yellow parasol? Goes perfectly with the outfit, and so dainty. Then the guy (whose name is Samuel, and whose outfit isn’t so interesting) has a basic black suit, and isn’t it called a derby hat? I think so. All the colors on this cover are so interesting! So many reds (like on the deck) and yellows (especially on Fannie’s dress). If you look out between the rails, you can see they’re not sailing across an ocean, but up a river. Did you notice the sky? Either sunrise or sunset, very pink, and I love the clouds. Before you go, take a special look at the “A”. See all the pretty stuff (for lack of a better name) behind it? Adds greatly to the effect. J


Andrea Strong said...


I was struck by this cover too. My favorite thing about it was how true it is to the story. Their clothes, especially Fannie's dress, are important parts of the story, and I love that the cover designers went into all that detail.

Charity U said...

Andrea, yes, isn't it nice when the cover fits with the story? And SO annoying when it is totally wrong -- hair color or whatever. :P Love this one!