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Book & Cover Review of "a Love Surrendered" by Julie Lessman

Book Cover for 'a Love Surrendered' by Julie Lessman

Book Review

A Love Surrendered is Book three in a series started in 2010 by Julie Lessman. It had been so long since I had read book one that I had forgotten I had read it until I was well into the book. (Though once I did figure that out I realized that the cover was designed similarly, and I had recognized the author’s name when asked to review it by the publisher.) The book tackles some very tough topics for a Christian novel to handle, the biggest being sensuality. I don’t consider myself a prude, but even I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of sensuality in this novel. Beyond the attraction felt and resisted by the unmarried hero and heroine, there are several married couples – most of whom are the parents or brothers and sisters of the hero and have been featured in the earlier two books – and all seem to be trying to get pregnant or use their sensuality to manipulate their spouse in some fashion at some point in the book. I get that sensuality was a major theme being tackled in the book, but with so many couples it was a little much even for me. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it as suitable reading for teenagers.

However, the book is very well written and the characters are enjoyable. Additional insight is given to being a single person during the prohibition era.  I do feel you would want to read books one and two to get the best amount of enjoyment from the series. The number of characters was a little hard to keep track of since I hadn’t read book two and book one was read too long ago. If I’d read them back to back I feel it would have been easier to keep track of the many characters.

I would only recommend this book  to readers who aren’t overly sensitive to reading sensual situations. It will likely appeal more to female readers, though the issue is tackled from the male perspective in a few cases during the book.

Book Cover Review

They’ve done a great job at keeping the covers similar, but I will say the first book I read had a model on the cover with a bright blue dress on rather than this muted rose tone on the current cover. The blue color help to add some vibrancy to the cover and make it stand out on the shelf. The rose dress just it isn’t as eye-catching. I also have the same complaint about this cover as I had about the first one. Without reading the copy I have no idea that this is a historical novel. The textured brown backdrop, the clothing and the hair style really don’t give away what time period this novel is set in.

I didn’t mention it previously, but I also dislike that the title area is left of center and runs slightly off the page. This was done consistently on all three books, but I feel it would have been more balanced to center it on this particular design. I’m not sure the covers for this series are doing as good a job as they could have to draw in new readers for this author.

* Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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Why review a book's cover and its interior?

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover … ?
I think we all know this phrase doesn’t generally have anything to do with books when people use it. However, I find that there is a VERY good reason that phrase came into being …

Have you ever read an absolutely fantastic book – either loaned or recommended to you by someone else – whose cover design was so blah or ugly that you probably would have looked right past it on a shelf?

On the other hand, … have you ever felt suckered in by a book’s cover design – discovering after a few lost hours of invested reading that the writing inside wasn’t nearly as good as what was seemingly promised you by the book’s great cover art or text?

If so, “The Book and Cover Reviewer” blog is for you. I will analyze both the writing inside the book and all aspects of the books cover – noting areas that could be improved and areas that I think should be praised as is.

I promise to be honest, but also promise to not tear anyone down and leave them crying. Books take a LOT of behind-the-scenes work, and I’m a firm believer in adding a little sugar to the mix if some sour critiquing is overdue. I want to see the industry thrive and to encourage authors and cover designers to always do their best – and to keep the intended audience in mind!

And for readers, I hope that I can guide you to books that you will love to read – even ones that you might have overlooked before, because the cover happens to be a little … ‘off’.

Happy reading!