Historical Fiction Cover Winner February 2017

Do you love historical fiction? What makes you choose one book over another? For most of us, the cover is the first thing that attracts our attention. For me, the cover has to look professional and must convey genre and a hint of what the story is about.

Each month I will be taking a look at historical fiction covers and choosing my ‘Pam’s Pick’ for the month. Hopefully, you will be intrigued enough to look beyond the covers I feature and find your next favourite author. If a cover interests you just click on the image to learn more about the book and buy if you wish.

And the not so small print: the judge’s decision is final (that would be me!)
and is highly subjective.
Please note this is a cover competition only and does not constitute a review of any of the books featured. It’s up to you to explore. Happy Reading!

My February winner is I Stopped Time by Jane Davis. 

This cover immediately caught by eye. A beautiful and intriguing image, conveying everything you need to know about this book. 



I Stopped Time by Jane Davis

Edwardian Brighton. A wide-eyed girl enters Mr Parker’s photographic studio and receives her first lesson about the brand new medium that will shape her future: “Can you think of a really good memory? Perhaps you can see it when you close your eyes. Now think how much better it would be if you could take it out and look at whenever you wanted to!”

2009: Disgraced politician Sir James Hastings is resigned to living out his retirement in a secluded village in the Surrey Hills. He is unmoved when he learns his mother has died at the age of 108. In his mind, he buried her when she abandoned him as a child. Brought up by his father, a charismatic war-hero turned racing-driver, the young James, torn between self-blame and longing, eventually dismissed her as the ‘villain’ of his childhood. But now he inherits her life’s work – an incredible photography collection spanning six decades – and is forced to confront the realisation that his version of the past isn’t even half the story.

Journey across a century of change as one man explores the world through this mother’s eyes and reassembles his own family history. 


There was stiff competition for top spot this month, with the following being close runners-up:


Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley 

A wallflower’s time to shine…

The Earl of Shalford needs to marry into money to save his estate. Wealthy and beautiful Henrietta Buxted should be the perfect candidate. So why does his eye keep wandering to her quiet cousin Charlotte Wyncroft?

Charlotte watches Henrietta’s games of courtship with wry amusement. That is, until a stolen dance reveals a hidden side to the earl. Penniless Charlotte knows she’s far from a suitable match yet, in Adam’s arms, she can dream of the happily-ever-after she’s always wanted!


Always Have and Always Will by Stella McLeod
Reincarnation is easy until you have to face being murdered a second time. In this latest book by Stella McLeod the pace is fast and the Romance delicious, with the paranormal twist of Immortals, ancient Greek warriors and their families kept young and alive by a secret discovered in antiquity. American, Ana Black, thinks a summer holiday on a fabulous Greek Island is going to turn her life around and wipe away the sadness of her past but she hasn’t counted on meeting Alexander nor remembering Anastasia. A love interrupted 2000 years in the past, ancient families torn apart by betrayal, the secret to Immortality hidden in an ancient sunken temple and a rogue Immortal intent on murder. Set in the wonderful Greek Islands of Monemvasia, Samos and Pylos, you will fall in love with McLeod’s wonderfully crafted characters and their quest for love. With a past she cannot escape and a future he cannot accept, will they find a way or are they both out of time?



A Knightsbridge Scandal by Anita Davison
1903 London is bustling and glamorous. With troubling secrets simmering and worrying signs of war Flora Maguire must solve a deadly mystery which leads right to the heart of the corridors of power. Flora Maguire has escaped the country to enjoy some time in fashionable Knightsbridge, London. Extravagant shops, exuberant theatres and decadent restaurants mean 1903’s London is a thrilling adventure, but there are dark secrets threatening from the continent. When the body of a London socialite, and leading light of the burgeoning women’s movement, is found outside The Grenadier public house, Flora can’t resist investigating. Mysterious letters are discovered in the victim’s belongings, strange links to the foreign office and why do the clues keep coming back to the assassination of a Baltic king? As Flora closes in on the killer, it soon becomes clear she is no longer safe in London, but will her husband Bunny be able to get to her before it’s too late?
Watch out every month for the next featured selection of great covers, and don’t forget, if you read and book and love it,
post a review and make an author very happy.

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