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Cover Attraction ~ April 22nd | The Servant’s Quarters by Lynn Freed

April 22, 2009

I’m a very visual person and love beautiful, or interesting, cover art. It entices, and invites, me to stop and take a peek instead of walking right on by. This week’s Cover Attraction is:

Title: The Servant’s Quarters
Author: Lynn Freed
Release date: April ’09

From Fantastic Fiction:
THE SERVANTS’ QUARTERS, a complex and sophisticated love story, evokes a vanishing world of privilege with a Pygmalion twist.

Haunted by phantoms of the Second World War and the Holocaust, young Cressida lives in terror of George Harding, who, severely disfigured, has returned from the front to recover in his family’s stately African home. When he plucks young Cressida’s beautiful mother and her family from financial ruin, establishing them in the old servants’ quarter of his estate, Cressida is swept into a future inexorably bound to his.

In the new setting, she finds that she is, after all, indentured. She is conscripted to enliven George Harding’s nephew, the hopelessly timid Edgar, to make him “wild and daring.” And she takes on this task with resentful fury, leading the boy astray, and, in the process, learning to manipulate differences in power, class, background and ambition.

Only slowly does she come to understand that George Harding himself is watching her. And waiting.

A simple table and chair with an open book. The sunlight slanting in through the cathedral window. The soothing, muted shades of grey. All this invited me to take a seat.

P.S. Because this is really about cover art I’ve given my Cover Attraction this week a picture frame.


What’s your favorite cover attraction this week? Don’t forget to leave a link to your Cover Attraction post.

  1. April 22, 2009 12:36 am

    I love that cover Marcia! It looks mighty inviting.
    Mine is up!

  2. April 22, 2009 5:14 am

    I like the frame on the outside edges of this cover!

  3. April 22, 2009 5:32 am

    You do find the best looking covers with the added bonus that they sound terribly intriguing too!

    My youngest child would love this feature since he chooses his books based on the cover alone. He is actually quite a good reader but he never reads the cover blurb, just pulling things that “look cool.” It was how he came home with a YA book the other day (he’s all of 7 himself) but we’re hoping his older brother will read it since he thought the cover looked really cool too. 🙂

  4. April 22, 2009 6:43 am

    That cover is gorgeous!

  5. Missy permalink
    April 22, 2009 7:40 am

    The cover of your book is soothing….the muted colors, the peaceful setting.

    Mine is posted:

  6. April 22, 2009 9:00 am

    I love the covers you chose and the reviews are helpful (or dangerous) for the TBR. And now for something completely different my macabre cover is here

  7. April 22, 2009 9:58 am

    Gorgeous cover! It’s so evocative. 🙂

  8. April 22, 2009 12:23 pm

    I am super excited to come across your blog today, thanks for sharing that beautiful cover! Speaking of covers… Reading Is Fundamental CEO, Carol Rasco, has a “Cover stories” weekly feature on her blog:

    The reason I am contacting you today is to let you know about RIF’s Read with Kids Challenge going on now through June 30 at

    Our goal is to collectively log 5 million minutes read with kids. There are great prizes including a family trip to Disney, and we have a slew of honorary team captains including children’s book authors Eric Carle, Sandra Boynton, Mo Willems, among others.

    Hope you can help us get the word out!

    Layla, RIF

  9. April 22, 2009 7:01 pm

    I like the cover!
    Here’s mine. 🙂

  10. April 23, 2009 12:17 am

    This is such a striking cover! It looks very elegant, it has classic beauty. I thought the frame was part of the cover! Maybe you should send them your idea and they could add it for the reprints! 🙂 I’ve never heard of this book but it sounds very good. I think I’ll be adding it to my list.

    I’m very late with my cover this week but I still wanted to participate. This is such a fun meme! Thanks for hosting Marcia! My cover is HERE.

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