Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cover Crush: The Lost History of Stars by Dave Boling

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 love the bright colors on this cover that, for me, evoke thoughts of peaceful and empty lands untouched by man. The bold red barbed wire slashing through the title  makes me think that this land has been trapped and taken over in some capacity, and that something or someone has been imprisoned. It makes me need to know more!

Let's see what the story is really about:

From a forgotten moment in history comes an inspiring novel about finding strength and courage in the most unimaginable places. 

In turn-of-the-century South Africa, fourteen-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie’s father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions.

Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her. A beautiful testament to love, family, and sheer force of will, The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling’s grandfather’s own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.

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

Erin at Flashlight Commentary

Created by Magdalena of A Bookaholic Swede


  1. Great cover -- love the colors!

  2. Stargazing seems like such a wonderful hobby. To me, the cover depicts pain. The ones who take time to look at the stars must have hope in their hearts. The colors are very pretty.

    1. That is a lovely interpretation of the cover!! Isn't it amazing how much we can feel when looking at a cover, and all the interesting things we can find within it ?!

  3. Hello Colleen ... I've got a "cover crush" on this jacket, too! Algonquin did a fabulous job capturing the varied tone of the content. Thanks for the mention -- I hope you like the inside of the book, as well. -- Dave Boling

    1. Oh my gosh...hello Mr. Boling!! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and comment, I really appreciate it :). I'm really excited to read the story too, and I'm sure I will love what is inside as well :)!