Last year, I read Marissa Doyle's Bewitching Season
and was a bit dubious
. My dubiousness started when I saw the cover
, with the badly fitted dress from the wrong period (this is 1837, not 1850!) and the funny curls. In short, the cover summed up my problems with the book: it just didn't convince me that the setting was really Victorian England.
But then I saw the cover for Doyle's latest book, Courtship and Curses
, and look at it
! It's not an awkwardly posed photograph; in fact it seems to be a tinted print, from the right period, and it made me stop and go, "Huh." And then I put it on hold. And I was right about it--it's a very nice book with lots of period detail and a heroine who is learning to deal with the fact that she's disabled. Plus there's a sweet romance and a good depiction of a friendship between two girls.
So was I right to judge the two books by their covers? Would I have liked Bewitching Season better if I hadn't been instantly put off when I picked it up? I don't know. I'd guess that it might have helped but that Doyle has also grown as a writer.