Help me decide on a new cover

UPDATE: We have a winner! Choice B was by far preferred, with bits from A and D added. Many, many thanks for your input — it was a huge help.


Here are some ideas for the new cover for my romantic historical novel, An Untitled Lady. Which one do you think would reach the right readers? This edition will be e-book only, so it needs to be readable when it is the size of your fingernail.

We want it to appeal to people who like history AND romance, people who like Dickens, Gaskell, Bernard Cornwell, Mary Jo Putney (I wish!).

IT DOES NOT need to say “I’m a regency romance”: People who go in expecting that kind of book think this book is boring because has too much history.

Themes in the story: Families: broken, building anew; Love story, Social unrest; Class distinctions; Manchester, England (urban, mercantile, gritty)

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Need more to help you decide? Here’s the back-cover copy:

Shocking family news forces Madeline Wetherby to abandon her plans to marry an earl and settle for upstart Manchester merchant Nash Quinn. When she discovers that her birth father is one of the weavers her husband is putting out of work—and a radical leader—Maddie must decide which family she truly desires, the man of her heart or the people of her blood.

An earl’s second son, Nash chose a life of Trade over Society. When protest marches spread across Lancashire, the pressure on him grows. If he can’t make both workers and manufacturers see reason he stands to lose everything: his business, his town, and his marriage.

As Manchester simmers under the summer sun, the choices grow more stark for Maddie and Nash: Family or justice. Love or money. Life or death.

Historical fiction with strong romantic elements. Includes scenes of violence and loss.

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