Today is fire tones day!
I’ve seen Lorna Peel’s covers before, and they’re always lovely. This one is full of Regency vibes, with that lovely house. The title font is wonderful – just a bit of scroll, but not so fancy you can’t read it. I’m not a fan of the typewriter font on the hook, “Are some secrets best kept hidden?” as it looks less polished than the rest. The overlay of hazy brown gives a lazy summer feel, which matches the title.
You can go wrong, very wrong, with people on the cover. Sometimes, it works very right. This illustrative style makes the woman look like she’s in a trance, almost not-real. It adds to the fantasy feel started with the scroll font and the fantasy elements in her dress. Again, the hook font is very plain, and I think that argues against the polished look of the title. However, it matches the author font, so it doesn’t see as out of place. Too much of a background would war with the details of the main figure, so I think they made a great choice with the painterly fade.
This imagery is definitely full of fire. The color imbues the image, the title, and even the detailing on the side. And yet the flower detailing offers a softness to the harsh fire, as well as hinting at an India setting. The title, author name, and clothing of the figure all add to this. The balance between the figure in the center, the stairs on the right and the quote on the left works nicely. Love the stylized flower in the O.