Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cover Crush: The Dress in the Window by Sofia Grant

Hello, my name is Colleen and I am a cover slut. I know, I aren't supposed to judge a book by it's cover. I just can't help myself!  A beautiful cover draws my eye every single time and I can't help but pick up the book it's dressing and see if the inside seems as intriguing as the outside. Sometimes it does, and sometimes a pretty cover is just a pretty cover. Either way, I love getting an eyeful! 

One of my favorite bloggers, Erin at Flashlight Commentary, created a weekly blog post called Cover Crush and she and some other blogger friends are sharing their favorite covers each Thursday. I've decided to join in this year and will link to their posts down below.

So, without further ado, my Cover Crush this week is.....

I know some people hate the "headless woman" on the cover of a lot of historical fiction, but to be honest it's never bothered me. I actually kind of like it as it allows me to come up with my own image of the main character that the woman typically represents and let's the clothes she is wearing or the background speak more about what the story is about. For instance, from this lovely cover (and the title) and before reading the synopsis, I would imagine the story has something to do with a dressmaker and, I would assume, this pretty purple dress in particular. I love the muted, slightly unfocused background and pop of color from the dress and I think the font for the title and author's name fits in well. 

Now let's see if I was correct about what the story is about:

A perfect debut novel is like a perfect dress—it’s a “must have” and when you “try it on” it fits perfectly. In this richly patterned story of sisterhood, ambition, and reinvention Sofia Grant has created a story just right for fans of Vintage and The Dress Shop of Dreams.

World War II has ended and American women are shedding their old clothes for the gorgeous new styles. Voluminous layers of taffeta and tulle, wasp waists, and beautiful color—all so welcome after years of sensible styles and strict rationing. 

Jeanne Brink and her sister Peggy both had to weather every tragedy the war had to offer—Peggy now a widowed mother, Jeanne without the fiancĂ© she’d counted on, both living with Peggy’s mother-in-law in a grim mill town. But despite their grey pasts they long for a bright future—Jeanne by creating stunning dresses for her clients with the help of her sister Peggy’s brilliant sketches.

Together, they combine forces to create amazing fashions and a more prosperous life than they’d ever dreamed of before the war. But sisterly love can sometimes turn into sibling jealousy. Always playing second fiddle to her sister, Peggy yearns to make her own mark. But as they soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make—or break—their dreams.

Don't forget to check out what covers my blogger buddies are drooling over this week:

Erin at Flashlight Commentary
Stephanie at Layered Pages

Created by Magdalena of A Bookaholic Swede


  1. You're right, Colleen. I have become tired of the headless woman, but your point is quite valid: it allows the reader to create his or her own mental image of the person, and it gives the author room to illustrate other details about the story. Pretty cover.

    1. YES, you have it exactly right, Rebecca! This is why I don't mind the "headless" women, because I get to visualize them myself!