Friday Faceoff – Summertime and the living is easy… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceoff


This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This meme is currently being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and the subject this week featuring on any of our covers is SUMMERTIME, so I’ve selected The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.


This edition was produced by William Morrow in February 2017. I really love this cover. The attractive backdrop with the sprigs of the Tudor red and white rose gives a sense of permanence and old fashioned values – an impression rounded off by that solid-looking title font and the ornate key. I love this cover, which is my favourite, though this week it’s a close-run thing.


Published in February 2017 by William Morrow, this is the definitive cover for this book and is another lovely effort. In amongst the sprays of peonies are some of those lost things which feature in the story. The black background makes these images really pop. I also like the design of title and author fonts, but my chief niggle with this cover is the blurb crammed at the top of the cover, cluttering up and throwing off the symmetry of the whole design.


This edition, published by Two Roads in July 2017 demonstrates just much difference a colour change can make to the overall appearance of a cover. That lovely cheerful yellow background with the teal coloured font gives a delightfully sunny feel to this design. And just look how the lack of all that chatter gives a cleaner, more coherent feel to the whole design. I far prefer this strategy of putting a stripe down the side proclaiming the success of this book – especially with the clever use of the font colour and a slice of the flower. This is so very nearly my favourite…


Produced by HarperCollins Holland in March 2017, this is another attractive, well crafted design. Indeed, with the shelves holding a number of those lost things of the title, this is probably the most coherent cover in this selection. However, the title and author fonts are fading into the sprigged wallpaper due to a poor choice of colour and underwhelming font – what an odd choice…


This Ukrainian edition, published by Клуб сімейного дозвілля in August 2016, is a really charming, quirky effort that also accurately reflects the book. I love this cover, which is also a close contender for my favourite, but it was the expanse of white in the centre and the heavily italicised font that decided me against it. Which is your favourite?

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    • Thank you, Sarah:) Yes – I really think this week it’s all down to personal taste, because you’re right – they are all lovely covers. Have a lovely weekend and I hope the weather is kinder to you than it is here!

    • It’s a really attractive cover, isn’t it? As for the Dutch cover – I’m still scratching my head over the way they managed to mess it up with the addition of that font…

  1. I read the William Morrow edition and love that cover but I see what you mean about it being a little cluttered, especially when you see how it looks in yellow with fewer items around the title. I love idea of the cover from Holland but agree with you that the title and author’s name aren’t as prominent as they could be.

  2. I dearly LOVED this book, and the covers are all lovely as well. The one I read had the second cover, and because of that, this is the one I liked best. The two “yellowish ones” were ok, but not as “kind” to me, which is what the story was–kind, and gentle and, may I use the term–“sweet”?

    • Thank you, Maddalena. Yes… and also having title the same shade of red as the falling petals was also a bad choice – it all but disappeared…

  3. What a great choice – and why didn’t I think of this!
    I love your favourite too – I also like the Harper Collins 17 but there’s just something about it that doesn’t quite work – maybe the font, like you said.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thank you Lynn – all the covers tick the box for the subject, which is a bonus! And this time around, I think it’s far more down to personal choice as they all are lovely.

  4. I’m with you on the first one being the favorite: it’s gentle and warm like a summer day, but somehow it avoids being boring and generic. The second one is a nice attempt as well, but it feels like the text is a bit lost in the rest of the design (I try to ignore small blurbs as I know they are likely a necessity to sell books/catch potential readers’ attention on a busy bookstore shelf).

      • Same here! Since I’m an amateur designer myself, I study a lot of aspects of cover design and thus have very clear reasons to appreciate (or not) many covers.

      • Yes, of course you are! I am no designer, but as a self published author, I am fascinated by the process of design and what makes a good cover.

      • I don’t remember, did I recommend Cover Critics website to you yet? It’s crowd-sourced (everybody can chip in) and just reading through comments can give a lot of insights about cover design.

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