© Mary Chapple
As ever Anna Belfrage has written yet another wonderful story of the Grahams. Her characters are so real that they are long-treasured friends, and it was a delight to meet with them again. Apart from her excellent writing, engrossing plot, the emotional turmoil of children – and their parents – the author’s detail of time, place and background is all beautifully accomplished.
For readers who have faithfully followed the lives of Alex and Matthew Graham and their family members, The Soft Touch Of Angels, even though it is a short read, is yet another treat to savour and enjoy. To newcomers, there are a lot of characters in this novella, and a lot happens – there is some backstory, but maybe this is not the place to start, purely because you will be missing out on a wonderful ongoing saga by not meeting these people at the right place and time (A Rip In The Veil).
Often, where a series is concerned the enthusiasm of author and reader can ‘go off the boil’ after a few stories about the same characters. The plots become predictable or repetitive, the characters become stale and lose their believability, but this does not happen in Ms Belfrage’s competent hands ... if anything, the opposite is true! The entire series grows from strength to strength, building one upon the other with each extraordinary outstanding episode into an ongoing, superb friendship between author, characters and readers.
Speaking personally, I hope the series never ends.
Thanks for sharing your cover Diane! We appreciate your participation.
I have to say, there's not a lot I can pick at on this cover. It's clearly well done. The font choices are clean and classic, there's a pure and simple concept, it's not busy or cluttered and it has good contrast. If I had to guess, I'd say this was professionally designed, and not a DIY.
My only nitpick would be that I'm not seeing anything that places it in the '60s on this cover. Perhaps had there been some kind of psychedelic graffiti/peace sign, or some other iconic '60s symbol on the shoe, (a daisy flower maybe?), it might have given that hint. All in all though, It's quite lovely and inviting. Nice work.
Cathy? What say you?
A nice, clean and balanced cover design! Typography is easy to read and well placed. I like how the title fits nicely inside the shoelaces where they are laying on the background.
Without looking up the title on Amazon, I would guess that this is a modern mystery. But I see that the genre listed is Historical Fiction. The shoes do look as if they might be from the 1970’s or 1980’s? But they are not immediately placing me in the past, if that makes sense? I’d like to see some other detail that would clearly place this novel in the correct period so potential readers would know what to expect overall. That could simply be done by using a period font for the title as I would hate to change anything about the overall design. While the font chosen for this cover (possibly Sabon or Garamond font families) is used quite often on historical, classical covers, I still feel that we need something else in this design to nail the correct period for this novel.
Also a suggestion: one of the top details in book cover design trending now is allowing some part or element of the background/artwork to intersect with the title letters. So, I would have let the shoelace interweave or lay over the title to give the cover a more three-dimensional feel which is so popular in publishing right now.
Below is a quick and dirty edit of that shoestring to illustrate what I am describing:
Overall, this is a well-crafted book cover design. Good job!