As you may recall from my review of Circling the Sun, I adored it! But honestly, I don’t know if these two covers do the book justice.
What do you think? Is there a clear winner here? I know I would be more tempted to pick up one of them, but that doesn’t mean I like it.
I totally agree!! It makes the book seem like it’s going to be one of those “beautiful, but boring” reads and it’s absolutely not. Neither of these scream “badass lady” to me, which is what Beryl was. Maybe they should have found a way to work in Paddy the lion?!
I know. The covers are so soft and gentle and lovely.
Graphically I think the UK version is better. It’s sharp and clean and very appealing. BUT I don’t think it captures the essence of the story at all – it makes it look like Beryl is a spectator in a changing world when that’s not the case at all. I think the US version captures more of the essence of Beryl but there is definitely a badass-ness missing.
You nailed it. Beryl is not a spectator to the world around her. She’s a doer.
Oh hello! US (/CDN) cover all the way…but this UK cover is a complete double take of “The Secret Life of Violet Grant” by Beatriz Williams. 😦 LOVE the US/CDN cover – it’s something I keep staring at over and over again.
I knew I’d seen the UK cover somewhere before. No wonder it looks so unexceptional.
I’ve never seen the UK cover for this book. Hmm, I think both covers are interesting in their own way, haha. Glad you enjoyed the book! I loved The Paris Wife but was hesitant to keep an eye out for this one for some reason…
I loved this one so much more than The Paris Wife. Beryl Markham is fascinating.
I strongly prefer the UK version, but I don’t know that either would inspire me to pick it up. I find the US one to be plainly awful
I think both are boring but I like the US one more.
I like the U.S. cover by a mile. But I guess they couldn’t put a photo of her as a pilot with her plane exactly because the author hardly talks about her piloting days. So they put her in horse riding pants perhaps. Still it’s convincing: she’s staring out into space and hell it’s Beryl Markham!
Typically I feel as though US cover designers just get me, but I really love the UK cover here!