Historical Fiction Cover Winner February 2018

What draws you to a historical fiction book cover? 

Each month I will be choosing my ‘Pam’s Pick’. 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 link to learn more about the book.

My February winner is:

Tuscan Roots by Anglea Petch


This cover caught my eye, not least because it features a Tuscan landscape, and I love Italy, but it also intrigued me. Reading the book’s description has intrigued me more. I recently watched some documentaries on this very topic. Congratulations to Angela. Note to Angela – if you ever need some research done in Italy, I’m available!

new cover image from Endeavour

1943, Occupied Italy

Ines Santini lived an idyllic and sheltered existence in the Tuscan hills until WWII reached her quiet town. She meets Norman, an escaped British POW, and their lives become entangled in a struggle against the larger forces of the war.

Years later, Anna, their daughter, sets out to unravel the mystery of her parents’ fate. All she has to go on are a handful of old letters and photographs left to her after her mother’s death. Anna travels to the beautiful Tuscan Apennines, where the story unfolds. In researching her parents’ past, she will discover secrets about them, the war, and herself, which will change her life forever…

To find out more, please click here.


As ever, there was stiff competition for the top spot. Take a look at these wonderful covers.
 Cover art - Falling for Elizabeth Bennet

While visiting his friend Mr. Charles Bingley, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy makes the acquaintance of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, a lively and intelligent young lady sitting in the corner at a local assembly. Darcy discovers that Elizabeth has a secret. Will this secret drive them apart, or will Darcy be able to overcome Elizabeth’s secret and find the love he’s dreamed of.

To find out more, please click here. 
Order Of The White Boar-Front-image

*For Readers 10 and above*

How well do you know the story of King Richard III? Not as well as Matthew Wansford.
Matthew, a 12-year-old merchant’s son, has always longed to be a knight. And his chance comes in the golden summer of 1482 when he arrives at Middleham Castle, home of King Edward IV’s brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester – valiant warrior, loyal brother, loving father, good master.

Soon Matt encounters a dangerous enemy. Hugh, a fellow page, is a better swordsman, horseman, more skilled in all the knightly arts – and the son of an executed traitor. A vicious bully, he aims to make Matt’s life hell.

Yet Matt also finds the most steadfast of friends – Alys, Roger and Edward, the Duke’s only son. Together they forge a secret knightly fellowship, the Order of the White Boar, and swear an oath of lifelong loyalty – to each other and to their good lord, Duke Richard.

But these are not times to play at war. Soon Matt and his friends will be plunged into the deadly games of the Wars of the Roses. Will their loyalty be tested as the storm looms on the horizon?

 To find out more, please click here.

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!


Watch out every month for the next featured selection of great covers, and don’t forget, if you read a book and love it, post a review and make an author happy.

13 thoughts on “Historical Fiction Cover Winner February 2018

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  1. Thanks so much – I’m absolutely thrilled to win. This month has been difficult for a number of reasons, so this win has cheered me up. My publisher has gone into voluntary liquidation, so this cover will have to be replaced. More work – but I’m going to treat it as fun – and a challenge. Covers are so important for the initial hooking of readers. Congratulations to the other winners too.

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  2. p.s. I am running a writers’ week at the location of my book’s setting this September 8th to 15th. There will be an experienced tutor and author running the morning’s class and the afternoons will be free for writing and excursions. All taking place in a beautiful, converted water mill in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. I hope you don’t mind my posting this but you said you were interested in research, Pam!!! Benvenuta!

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  3. Thank you so much, Pam – I’m thrilled that my cover is runner up to such a fantastic winner. (So evocative of one of my favourite parts of the world too. I wonder whether I can make it to Angela’s writers’ week…) It has to be said, though, that I can take very little credit for my cover – a tiny spark of an idea, brought to life by the talented Oliver Bennett at MoreVisual. 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on The Order of the White Boar and commented:
    Another fanfare moment!
    The cover of ‘The Order of the White Boar’ has been chosen as runner up in the February Historical Fiction Book Cover Competition by the fabulous Pam Lecky of Vintage Treasures!
    I’ll certainly be letting the designer, Oliver Bennett of MoreVisual, know when we talk about the cover for the sequel this week.
    Do check out Pam’s blog for details of the stiff competition ‘The Order’ faced.

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