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Cover Vote Time again—let us know which covers you think would be best for our upcoming Georgette Heyer titles. Tell us what you think in the comments and remember to pick one cover for each book. I've included short book descriptions for each. Thank you! 

Sprig Muslin: Sir Gareth Ludlow is just about ready to settle for marriage with Lady Hester, a plain woman who falls below his standards—according to his sister. Despite her protests, however, Gareth sets out to propose marriage.  Along the way, he encounters young Amanda wandering unattended. Honor-bound to restore her to her family, the gallant Sir Ludlow finds he has more than he bargained for with his young charge and her runaway imagination.


Sprig Muslin 1:

Sprig Muslin 1


Sprig Muslin 2:

Sprig Muslin 2


The Toll Gate: Captain John Staple is bored by the constraints of civilian life. To shake things up, he takes an invigorating ride across the countryside. A storm forces him to take shelter at a toll-gate where the gatekeeper has mysteriously disappeared. The Captain stumbles into an adventure more thrilling than his days battling Napoleon. While searching for the missing gatekeeper, he inadvertently uncovers a smuggling operation, and his only recourse is to bring the villains to justice and rescue the enigmatically charming young Lady Nell from her unsavory relatives.


The Toll Gate 1

The Toll Gate 1


The Toll Gate 2

The Toll Gate 2

The Unknown Ajax: When a Yorkshire cousin becomes heir to the noble Darracott name and fortune, he pretends to be the country bumpkin they’re all expecting. Then a family crisis thrusts Hugo into the role of an unlikely savior, and the family farce begins to unravel. But not before Hugo establishes himself as the undisputed head of the family, and his beautiful cousin Anthea discovers she’s met her match.


 The Unknown Ajax 1


The Unknown Ajax 1


 The Unknown Ajax  2




A Civil Contract: Adam Deveril, Viscount Lynton, returns home from war to find his family in financial ruin. To help his family, he sacrifices his love for the beautiful Julia and marries plain Jenny Chawleigh, whose father is a wealthy businessman determined to marry his daughter into a title. Adam chafes under Mr. Chawleigh’s generosity, and Julia’s behavior upon hearing of the betrothal nearly brings them all into a scandal. But Jenny’s practicality and quiet love for Adam bring him comfort and eventually happiness. And over time, their arranged marriage blossoms into love and acceptance across the class divide.

A Civil Contract 1


Civil Contract 1


A Civil Contract 2


Civil Contract 2

We look forward to hearing your thoughts. Thank you!  


+7 # thebookvixen 2011-02-08 17:57
prig Muslin 1
The Toll Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 2
A Civil Contract 1
+1 # Matt 2011-02-09 11:23
Sprig Muslin 1
The Toll Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 1
A Civil Contract 1
0 # Pix 2011-02-10 17:49
Sprig Muslin #1.

Toll Gate #1 (I really don't like either cover option, I would rather have the cover art for A Civil Contract #2 for this book because the man on the cover looks more like a Napoleonic-era captain).

The Unknown Ajax #1 (In truth, I am not a fan of either of these cover options, both of these covers are on the dark and gloomy side. I would much rather see Sprig Muslin cover #2 here, which is infinitely more vibrant and engaging).

A Civil Contract #1.
0 # Lois M. 2011-02-08 17:58
Let's see --

Sprig Muslin 1 (I like the colors in the first, but I think the outfit in the second is more of the reason not to go with it)

The Toll Gate 1 (this one was the toss up of the four... in the end, I guess because the first one is outside versus not in the other)

The Unknown Ajax 2 (here, the second with the more people looks friendlier, if that makes sense)

A Civil Contract 2 (it's outside, lighter, stuff like that)

-2 # Deborah N 2011-02-08 18:01
Sprig Muslin: #1
Toll Gate: #1, please! (#2 hero is too ugly to live)
The Unknown Ajax: no preference
A Civil Contract: no preference
0 # Kimberly Hulst 2011-02-08 18:05
I've got to be honest, none of these really grabs me.

But for "A Civil Contract" I would go with #1
and for "The Unknown Ajax" #2

The rest really just don't appeal to me in the slightest
+1 # Court 2011-02-08 18:09
Sprig Muslin: #1
Toll Gate: #1
The Unknown Ajax: #2
A Civil Contract: #1
+2 # Staci 2011-02-08 18:09
Sprig Muslin- 1
Toll Gate -1
UnKnown Ajax-2
Civil Contract- 1
0 # Tricia 2011-02-08 18:10
Yay! I'm excited you are releasing more Heyer novels. I like #1 for all 4.
0 # pk reeves 2011-02-08 18:12
Sprig Muslin #1
Toll Gate # 1
Unknown Ajax # 2
Civil Contract #1

Very true to Georgette Heyer's time. Really have to kick start reading her since I bought 2 books this summer. Moving her to top of read list.
-2 # Melwyk 2011-02-08 18:16
I like #1 for Sprig Muslin (don't like the dress in #2, it feels too Victorian)

I like #2 for all the rest; they seem to match the theme of the story best. Yay for more Georgette Heyer :)
+4 # lbanche 2011-02-08 18:19
Sprig Muslin #1--picture has soft edges I like for this type of book.

Toll Gate#1 - there's a toll gate and the hero and heroine.

Unknown Ajax #2 - has the family there, who think they're too good for him

Civil Contract #1 - I like her reading the letter - makes me think of a contract.

0 # Cindy W 2011-02-08 18:22
Sprig Muslin: #2 It looks bolder!

The Toll Gate: #1 The guy looks too old in the other one!

The Unknown Ajax: #2

A Civil Contract: #1 I want to know what she’s reading!
+2 # Lexie C. 2011-02-08 18:27
Sprig Muslin #1
The Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajax #2
A Civil Contract #1

Mostly because those all appeal to me and fit the other covers so well.
-2 # BrokenTeepee 2011-02-08 18:30
For the first three I like the first cover shown. For the last one I prefer the second cover shown.
-2 # Michelle Greathouse 2011-02-08 18:35
Spring Muslim - #2
The Toll Gate - #1
The Unknown Ajax - #2
A Civil Contract - #2
0 # Bookfool, aka Nancy 2011-02-08 18:37
Sprig Muslin: #1

The Toll Gate: #1

The Unknown Ajax: #2

A Civil Contract: Like them both but I think I lean toward #1
+1 # VirginieBarbeau 2011-02-08 18:39
Sprig Muslin - 1
The Toll Gate - 1
The Unknown Ajax - 2
A Civil Contract - 1
+1 # Amy Bruno 2011-02-08 18:42
Sprig Muslin - #1
The Toll Gate - #1
The Unknown Ajax - #2
A Civil Contract - #1
0 # Rundpinne 2011-02-08 18:44
Spring Muslin- 1
The Toll Gate- 1
The Unknown Ajax- 2
A Civil Contract- 1
-2 # Keira 2011-02-08 18:52
1s all the way down. :)
0 # Alaine Bucknall 2011-02-08 19:13
Sprig Muslin - 1
The Toll Gate - 1
The Unknown Ajax - 2
A Civil Contract - 1
0 # Terri C. 2011-02-08 19:13
I love Sprig Muslin #1 because:
it looks like a beautiful old painting and I love the pastel flowers at the bottom of the cover. I do think the heroine's sitting posture is a bit odd, like she's leaning forward for no apparent reason.

I don't like the second cover because I don't like the heroine's face or the black-and-while jailbird dress she's got on; her head looks abnormally large.

I like The Toll Gate #1 because I prefer that background over the second choice. I like too how the heroine is sitting and knitting outside with the hero watching.

I don't like #2 because the hero looks too old and I don't like the color of his coat mixed with the blue strip across the cover with the title written on it. I don't like the color combination combined with her plain white dress.
0 # Terri C. 2011-02-08 19:18
Sorry, this is the rest of my previous post from above; it was too long so I have to make another post.

The Unknown Ajax, I don't like #1 at all. Too masculine and looks like a history book about the judicial system.

I prefer #2 because it's got a mixture of men and women on it but I feel the women's dresses need to be much more colorful and the top half of the cover needs to be lightened up some.

I like A Civil Contract #1. I like the dark upper background combined with a lighter, more colorful bottom half of the cover. I like the basket of strawberries that are on the bottom right of the cover. That was a cute, feminine touch.

I don't like cover #2 because it's much too pale and the girls book like they're 13 years old and a creepy older man is trying to talk to them.

Thanks for letting me put in my two cents!
+1 # booklover1335 2011-02-08 19:39
I was surprised that I didn't have a hard time choosing between these titles.

Here are my preferences:

Sprig Muslin #1-based on the description of her being on her own, this one seems to fit and be intriguing at the same time...and I just don't like the girl in #2.

Toll Gate #1: more because the guy in the second one looks old enough to be her father not the hero, ewww.

The Unknown Ajax #2: I actually like the guy in #1 but being just the man makes me think it is a biography not a romance, and since the story involves a family #2 might be a better choice.

A Civil Contract #1: definitely #1. I like that she seems lonely and since this starts out as an arrangement it seems fitting. I think her "quiet love" is better reflected in #1. #2 just looks like a couple courting...and that's not really what this story is about.
0 # Jaime 2011-02-08 19:49
Sprig Muslin: #1 definitely. I am not a fan of #2 at all!
Toll Gate: #1 hands down. I just don't quite like the guy in #2

The Unknown Ajax: #2

A Civil Contract was difficult, I actually really like both covers but I think #1 pulls me in more just because of how private it looks.

Thank you!!!!
0 # Danielle 2011-02-08 20:02
Sprig Muslin--#1
Toll Gate--Definitely #1
Unknown Ajax--#1
A Civil Contract--#1
0 # Gayle Surrette 2011-02-08 20:02
Sprig Muslin -- 1
Toll Gate -- 1
Unknown Ajax -- 2
Civil Contract -- 1

I think each of these seems to go more with the book blurb than the alternate choice.
0 # lhartness 2011-02-08 20:30
Spring Muslin: Cover #1. Cover #2's head image is way too big.

The Toll Gate: I like both, but if I had to pick one, I'd say #1 I guess. But they're both nice.

The Unknown Ajax: Definitely #1. Number 2 is okay, but #1 is just stunning.

A Civil Contract: Both are fine, but if I'd have to pick one, I'd say #2. It's lighter and has a nicer feel about it.

Thanks so much for issuing these titles. Georgette Heyer is a new author for me, and it's nice to see that her work is getting classier covers than in years past.

Looking forward to your final product!

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic
0 # Meredith 2011-02-08 20:44
Sprig Muslin 1 (hairdo is scary in number 2)

Toll Gate 1 (I liked the outdoor scene rather than the indoor)

The Unknown Ajax 2 (There is so much more to look at!

A Civil Contract 1 (This was the hardest decision! Both are beautiful! I like the richness of color in number one)

Can't wait for their release!
0 # Mason Canyon 2011-02-08 20:45
Spring Muslin - Cover #1
The Toll Gate - Cover #1
The Unknown Ajax - Cover #2
A Civil Contract - Cover 1

Each one of these covers seems to be more mysterious and romantic.

Thoughts in Progress
0 # Lucy 2011-02-08 20:52
Here are my choices:

Spring Muslin 2 (Very original with the full face portrait- very pretty)
The Toll Gate 1 (Love these two together)
The Unknown Ajax 1 (He is to die for!)
a Civil Contract 1 (gorgeous colors and background)

Can't wait to see what will get picked:)
0 # Carla 2011-02-08 21:02
Sprig Muslin #1 (Just don't like the second one)
Toll Gate #2 (I like the outdoor background in 1 but love the dog in 2,maybe you could combine them?)
The Unknown Ajax #2 (guys in 1 looks creepy)
A Civil Contract #1
0 # Maria Behar 2011-02-08 21:42
I prefer all the #1 covers, because the composition in these covers is much more interesting, in my opinion. There
s one exception: I COULD go with cover #2 for The Unknown Ajax , since I do like the composition, as well as the colors. However, cover #1 seems to go better with the title.

So I definitely prefer ALL the number #1 covers! Hope they are chosen!!

Maria @ twilightandotherdreams.blogspot.com/
0 # Keira Soleore 2011-02-08 21:47
Sprig Muslin #1 (has a lot of interesting things going on)
Toll Gate #1 (in #2, the hero is far too aged)
Unknown Ajax #1 (#2 is too busy, where's the hero?)
Civil Contract #1 (two women in #2 is distracting)
0 # Courtney 2011-02-08 22:04
Spring Muslin - Cover #1 by far...much more period and less garish than @2 which is a little too close up/un-characteristic for the period
The Toll Gate - Cover #1...#2 is laughable in bad ways all.
The Unknown Ajax - Cover #2 the story lends itself to many more characters than one and this represents that. The first also represents a man much older and more grim that the character seems from the description.
A Civil Contract - Cover 1. The second brings to mind young girls and handsome roguish officers....not the more sensible characters described.
0 # Margaret Donsbach 2011-02-08 22:10
I like #1 for all four novels.
0 # Lizzy J 2011-02-08 22:29
Sprig Muslin #1 is my pick number 2 her hair is look big and eyes are too big they make her look kind of sick.

The Toll Gate #1 is my pick. On 2 the couples expressions are far from loving. The wife kind of look perplexed.

The Unknown Ajax #2 is my pick because in 1 the guys is scarry in all black.

A Civil Contract that one is tough I like the colors of them both and the pictures but I think the first one is more striking and will draw more attention.

Thank you for letting us in on the vote either way they are all pretty because Georgette wrote them.
0 # Laura de Leon 2011-02-08 22:55
In each case, I found the first cover was the one that drew my eye in a positive way. I look forward to reading more of Georgette Heyer's work-- I enjoyed the one I've read so far.
0 # MaryB 2011-02-11 16:07
Some of her books make me laugh out loud!!
0 # blodeuedd 2011-02-09 00:26
prig Muslin 1
The Toll Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 2
A Civil Contract 2

0 # Kristen M. 2011-02-09 01:01
#1 on all four of them! They're just the ones I would be most likely to pick up when choosing my next Heyer read.
0 # Mollie 2011-02-09 09:03
Muslin 2
Toll Gate 1
Unknown Ajax 2
Civil Contract 2
0 # Audra 2011-02-09 09:53
First version for all!
0 # MaxBrunner 2011-02-09 10:09

The first for the Ajax is completely the wrong era as far as the costume goes
0 # Jackie 2011-02-09 10:11
Prig Muslin 1
The Tollgate 1
Unknown Ajax 2
Civil Contract 1
0 # Debbie Genre Reviews 2011-02-09 10:56
I like Sprig Muslin cover 1.

I love The Toll Gate cover 1.

I like The Unknown Ajax cover 2.

I like both of the A Civil Contract covers, but I think I like cover 2 a little better.
0 # Barbara Davis 2011-02-09 11:12
Sprig Muslin #1
The Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajax #1
Civil Contract #1
0 # tara 2011-02-09 11:16
sprig muslin-cover 1
The Toll gate-cover 1
The Unknown Ajax- cover 1
A civil contract- cover 1
0 # laura123 2011-02-09 11:16
0 # Lara J 2011-02-09 11:17
1, 1, 2, 1!
0 # Kate 2011-02-09 11:18
All four books -- #1
0 # Mymlan 2011-02-09 11:18
Ms Heyer gives very detailed descriptions of costume and dress in her books. Has the illustrator read them? The epoque seems wrong in the covers for "Sprig muslin". My preferenses are Cover 1 for Toll Gate, cover 2 for The Unknown Ajax and Civil Contract.
When will you publish Venetia?
0 # Greg A 2011-02-16 14:53
Venetia will be coming out this May. Thanks for your interest and thanks for your input on our covers.
0 # Virginia C 2011-02-09 11:19
Sprig Muslin #1
The Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajax #2
Civil Contract #1
0 # Raquel Sallaberry 2011-02-09 11:20
Prig Muslin 1
The Toll Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 1
A Civil Contract 1
0 # janet 2011-02-09 11:21
Sprig Muslin #1
Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajax #2
Civil Contract #1 I actually like #2 better overall but don't find the man attractive.

I look forward to all four of these books. How about a great e-book offer like you had with the mysteries? I already own all her books (although I'm collecting your nicer editions, too) and am working on my Kindle collection now, so I can take all of them everywhere with me!!

I'm waiting now for you to do Elizabeth Goudge and Rumer Godden...and how about Arthur Ransome?? So many books, so little time.
0 # Deb P 2011-02-09 11:22
Sprig Muslin #1
The Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajax #2
A Civil Contract #1

I feel like I could just cut and paste, but they are good!
0 # Tea 2011-02-09 11:22
I like #1 for (Sprig Muslin. The young lady looks like her mind is thinking of mischief. Picking of petals means she is totally bored.

Toll Gate,I pick #1 again. I think the guy is discussing the disappearance of the toll gate man with the young lady. I can easily see her turning around to talk about her troublesome relatives.

The Unknown Ajax, again #1 is the one I have chosen. It shows what a rich young man looked like at that time. This way I can compare his pretended country ways to the real have it all guy.

A Civil Contract #2 We need the guy to be on the cover.
0 # Tea 2011-02-09 11:23
My information didn't follow my comment.
0 # Raela 2011-02-09 11:24
I vote 1, 2, 2, 1.
0 # daniela gosselink 2011-02-09 11:27
Sprig Muslin 1
The Toll Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 2
A Civil Contract 1
0 # Kay Webb Harrison 2011-02-09 11:33
Sprig Muslin 1 (dress looks like muslin)
The Toll Gate 1 (2 man too old)
The Unknown Ajax 2 (prefer ensemble cast; man in 1 not in period clothing)
A Civil Contract 2 (perfect with 2 females and one soldier)

0 # Jen13 2011-02-09 11:36
Spring Muslin #1

Toll Gate #1 (#2 hero really, really ugly!)

Unknown Ajax #2 (actually not too keen on either of these choices)

Civil Contract #1
0 # Juanita 2011-02-09 11:37
I prefer #1 for all the books.

Looks like fun!
0 # Susan Gross 2011-02-09 11:42
Sprig Muslin #1, The Toll Gate #1, The Unknown Ajax #2, and A Civil Contract #1.
0 # betsytacy 2011-02-09 11:43
Sprig Muslin: No. 1, I like the impressionistic feel
Toll Gate: No. 1, the man on cover 2 looks too old
Unknown Ajax: No. 2, I like to have a woman on the cover
Civil Contract: I like both covers but lean slightly toward no. 1 because it seems to reflect Jenny's quiet character
0 # Joanne 2011-02-09 11:51
Sprig Muslin #1.

The Toll Gate #2 - the gentleman in the second picture is too old and ugly.

The Unknown Ajax #1 - I agree, it's rather forbidding looking, but due to the nature of the story I thought it was more appropriate than #2.

A Civil Contract #1.

Is it possible to change the color of the stripe across the front of the book? Sprig Muslin #1 (I think) would look nicer with a stripe the same as the color of the stripe on #2.
0 # Joanne 2011-02-09 12:08
Mistake - I meant The Toll Gate #1!
0 # Lynda 2011-02-09 11:51
Sprig Muslin #1
Toll Gate #1
Unknown Ajax #2
Civil Contract #1

Looking forward to TG and UA especially!
0 # Mary T. Graffeo 2011-02-09 11:53
Sprig Muslin - 1
Toll Gate - 1
Unknown Ajax - 1
Civil Contract - 1
0 # Dawn Liubenov 2011-02-09 12:03
Sprig Muslin - 1
Toll Gate - 1
Unknown Ajax - 1
Civil Contract - 1

Can't wait to read them all again!
0 # Jackie C 2011-02-09 12:05
Sprig Muslin - Cover#1

The Tollgate - Cover#1 but would relly like to have seen a picture showing a toll gate

The Unknown Ajax - Cover#2 - first one completely wrong era.

A Civil Contract Cover#1
0 # Catherine Sullivan 2011-02-09 12:09
In each case I preferred the first cover. So, four votes for cover #1.
0 # Michelle Hamilton 2011-02-09 12:11
Spring Muslin: #1, fits the time period better--love the garden setting.
Toll Gate: It's a toss up, but I go with #2 since in the book summary I see the hero being a little older.
The Unknown Ajax: #2, its a family drama and the group shot highlights that.
A Civil Contract: #2, again this image fits the time period better, and the hero does have to pick between two women.
0 # Trai 2011-02-09 12:16
Sprig Muslin: 1
Toll Gate: 1
The Unknown Ajax: 2
A Civil Contract: 1
0 # Svea 2011-02-09 12:25
Sprig Muslin: 1
The Toll Gate: 1
The Unknown Ajax: 2
A Civil Contract: 2
0 # Killian 2011-02-09 12:29
Sprig Muslin: Option 1

The Toll Gate: Option 1

The Unknown Ajax: Option 1

The Civil Contract: Option 2
0 # Suzan 2011-02-09 12:30
I love this idea. I have to say of these 4 I've only read the first one. I seem to have 8 others not listed here. For Sprig Muslin I'm in the minority in a way. I liked #2 but only because of the person's face. It seems to show the features I would look for in our female lead. However I do agree with the others, I don't like the dress. Going by the description I would go with #1 for The Toll Gate, #2 for The Unknown Ajax and it's a tie for A Civil Contract.
0 # Smnj 2011-02-09 12:32
Sprig #1
Toll #2
Ajax #2
Civil #2
0 # Wendy Keel 2011-02-09 12:40
Sprig Muslin #1
The Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajax #2
A Civil Contract #1

The ones I chose are brighter and seem to fit the stories better.
0 # bev Mayo 2011-02-09 12:54
(I like all the covers except for Civil Contract #2. I read this book and the cover reminds me of his love for Julia. I only want him to love Jenny:)
0 # Cyn Hatmaker 2011-02-09 13:03
Sprig Muslin 1

The Toll Gate 1

The Unknown Ajax 2

A Civil Contract 1
0 # MaryJeanSL 2011-02-09 13:04
Sprig Muslin 1
Toll Gate 1
Unknown Ajax 2
Civil Contract 2
0 # Pat Thornton 2011-02-09 13:08
Sprig Muslin : #1 is closer o the period.

The Toll Gate : #1 just more appealing thsn #2

The Unknown Ajax : #2 gets the idea of the family theme

A Civil Contract : #2 Though I like the illustration in #1, it is too Victorian. #2, though not ideal, is the proper Regency period clothing.
0 # Natalie Bland 2011-02-09 13:21
Sprig Muslin 2
The Toll-Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 2
A Civil Contract 1
0 # LauraL 2011-02-09 13:30
Sprig Muslin-1
Toll Gate-1
Unknown Ajax-1
Civil Contract-1
0 # Bonnie 2011-02-09 14:33
Sprig Muslin - 1
The Toll Gate - 1
The Unknown Ajax - 2
A Civil Contract - 1
0 # tarenn98 2011-02-09 14:43
Sprig Muslin #1
The Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajax #2
A Civil Contract #1

All the covers are lovely>
0 # Heidi 2011-02-09 14:45
Sprig Muslin-1
The Toll Gate-1
The Unknown Ajax-1
ACivil Contract-1
0 # Janefan 2011-02-09 14:48
Sprig Muslin #1
Toll Gate #1
Unknown Ajax #2
Civil Contract #1
0 # BettW 2011-02-09 14:50
Sprig Muslin - 1
Toll Gate - 1
Unknown Ajax - 2
Civil Contract - 1
0 # Marcella 2011-02-09 15:04
Sprig Muslim - 1
Toll Gate - 1
Unknown Ajax - 2
Civil Contract - 1
0 # Pam Mingle 2011-02-09 15:05
Sprig Muslin 1
Toll Gate 1
Unknown Ajax 2
Civil Contract 1
0 # Oddrun Grønvik 2011-02-09 15:24
Sprig Muslin no 1
The Toll Gate no 1
The Unknown Ajax no 1
A Civil Contract no 2
+1 # LINDA B. 2011-02-09 15:25
I have read all of Heyer and owned many before this recent reprinting of her books.
sprig muslin 1: because the dress looks like muslin
Toll Gate 2: Reminds me of the heroine and her grandfather but also of the Captain who dresses casually. The couple in this story would never be sitting in a rose arbor.
Aja 1: perfect depiction of what a family expects their heirs to look like. Not 2 because this friendliness is not in keeping with the story.

Contract 1: Because it looks like she's holding a contract.

I think having some covers that are strong like Toll Gate 2 and Ajax 1 will help some of these titles stand out and not just seem like more of the same.
0 # mystrygirl87 2011-02-09 15:39
Sprig Muslin: # 1
Toll-Gate: # 1
The Unknown Ajax: # 2 (1 fits the plot better, but doesn't draw you in if you don't know the plot)
A Civil Contract # 1

Thanks for asking our input. I can't wait until these are released!
0 # Dorene 2011-02-09 15:50
Sprig Muslin 1
The Toll Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 2
A Civil Contract 2
0 # Lucy 2011-02-09 16:19
Spring Muslin 1 - Love the colour and setting, the stripes on No 2 are terrible.

Toll Gate 2 - like the painting of No 1 but I think that No 2 suits the book more.

Unknown Ajax 1 - nice focus on the hero, No 2 is too busy and distant.

A Civil Contract 2 - beautiful picture, correct period actually looks like it could be characters from the book.
0 # sheila eastman 2011-02-09 16:38
Sprig 2
Toll 1
Ajax 2
Civil 2

It would be nice to have a redhead on the cover of one.
0 # Janet 2011-02-09 16:48
Sprig Muslin - definitely #1
Those awful stripes on #2 make her look like a Regency prisoner!
Toll Gate #2
Unknown Ajax #2 - it's an ensemble book
A Civil Contract #2
0 # Sharon Kay 2011-02-09 16:54
Sprig Muslin #2
Toll Gate #1
Unknown Ajax # 2
Civil Contract #2
0 # Jane Axelrod 2011-02-09 17:08
Tollgate #1 would be much better for Sprig Muslin as it depicts the story better.

None of then for Tollgate...don;t represent it enough
#2 Unknown Ajax, almost like a scene from the book

#1 Civil Contract.
0 # Alyson 2011-02-09 17:27
Sprig Muslin = 2 as girl looks young enough to match the character
Tollgate = Don't like either cover as I don't think they represent the characters or story very well.
Unknown Ajax = 2. Seems to fit the family feel of the novel
Civil Contract = 1. Best suits the characters and story although cover two is lighter and attractive
0 # Daytona 2011-02-09 17:33
1 - Sprig Muslim
1 - The Toll Gate
2 - The Unknown Ajax
1 - A Civil Contract
0 # alatariel97 2011-02-09 17:37
Sprig Muslin - #1 (neither is period-appropriate, but #1 is much nicer - #2 is almost creepy)

The Toll Gate - #1

The Unknown Ajax - #2

A Civil Contract - #2 (#1 is in the completely wrong era - this dress looks to be from the late 1800s. While the mood evoked is appropriate for the story, the cover dress allows for a completely different setting)
0 # Carrie G 2011-02-09 17:37
Sprig Muslin #1
Toll-Gate #1
Unknown Ajax #1
A Civil Contract #1
0 # Charis 2011-02-09 17:42
Sprig Muslin - 1
The first seems more elegant, and the second, with the huge portrait, is very unlike all of the other covers

The Toll Gate - 2
The leading lovers are very strong, countrified characters, which is embodied much better by the second cover. The people in the first seem mawkish.

The Unknown Ajax - 1
Cover one matches the title really nicely. Seems a little mysterious.

A Civil Contract - 2
Jenny is plain and demure, like these two ladies, while the Viscount is a dashing young lord. It just works.
0 # CarrieM 2011-02-09 17:45
Sprig Muslin: #1 (I agree with a previous comment that a different color stripe would be nicer though--maybe a pink?)

The Toll Gate: #1 (guy in the 2nd cover looks way too old and the first cover is so much more attractive!)

The Unknown Ajax: #2

A Civil Contract: #1 (they are both nice, but I really like the elegant, warm look of this one)

I haven't actually read any of these so I am just basing my votes on my impressions of the covers--since I don't know the stories behind them!
0 # Malvina 2011-02-09 17:57
Sprig Muslin #1 (heroine too ugly in #2)
The Toll Gate #1 (hero too old in #2)
The Unknown Ajax #2 (creates more interest with the wider scene and #1 hero looks awfully arrogant)
A Civil Contract #1 (interesting scene, the other is a bit blah and the hero looks slightly ridiculous).
0 # rbeatty 2011-02-09 17:57
#1 Sprig Muslin
#1 Toll Gate
#1 The Unknown Ajax
#1 A Civil Contract

All of the samples were lovely, but the first examples of each rendering were, to my mind, the most elegant ones.
0 # Brittanie 2011-02-09 18:27
I like cover one for all of them.
0 # nancy drew 2011-02-09 20:43
I like #1 for Sprig Muslin and the Toll Gate. I will accept #1 for A Civil Contract but the dress is wrong for 1816 but at least it isn't that weedy little military guy.
About the Unknown Ajax, did not one of the artists get a description of the hero? Hugo is a large person. Definitely not that weedy poetic guy in the first choice, nor the scrawny short military guy in the second choice.
You need a do over on that one.
0 # mary vanslyck 2011-02-09 21:29
None of these fit the books, but...
Sprig Muslin #1
Toll Gate I dislike both but#1
Unknown Ajax all wrong #1
a Civil Contract #1
I love that you print the books.
0 # jmdotson 2011-02-09 21:48
Spring Muslin: #1 because it complements the title and looks more like the covers from previous releases (but #2 is lovely and eye catching).

The Toll Gate: #1 because the painting is richer looking and better matches the synopsis.

The Unknown Ajax: I don't care for either of them, but #2 is the better of the two.

A Civil Contract: Definitely #1. The dress might not be a historical match, but she fits my idea of Jenny. #2 is too light and frothy for the story.
0 # Jane A, Ferril 2011-02-09 21:54
0 # Janice Gowdey 2011-02-09 22:42
The seoond bookcover choice for each Title appears to be most representative of each of the stories.
So the second bookcover in each instance is the obvious best choice.
For Spring Muslin, the second cover choice agrees more with the young Amanda who is the problem of the story.
For The Tollgate, seems that I can recollect a scene in the story that is represented by the second cover choice.
For The Unknown Agax, the second cover choice represents the hero's military career and shows some of the surprise evidenced by the family members as they meet him for the first time.
For A Civil Contract, the second cover choice represents the hero's return from his military career and subsequent meeting with the beautiful Julia who is always determined to be first in fashion and who is frothy and frivilous.
0 # Abigail 2011-02-10 03:33
Sprig Muslin.....2
The Toll Gate.....1
The Unknown Ajax.....2
A Civil Contract.....2
Each of the eight covers is attractive but my votes go to those most closely illustrating clothing choices appropriate to the time settings of the novels.
0 # Felice 2011-02-10 07:01
What a fun way to start my morning! Thank you.
Sprig Muslin I choose cover #2. I think #1 is prettier but it looks too much like Lauren Wilig's covers, specifically The Seduction of the Crimson Rose.
The Toll Gate I choose #2. True the man looks a little long in the tooth, but I feel that he could be a father and not a love interest. It's a more visually interesting cover that #1.
The Unknown Ajax I choose cover #2. The portrait on cover #1 is too unappealing.
A Civil Contract I choose cover #1. Cover #2 looks too Pride and Pejudice and cover #1 has a feeling of independence with that lone woman.
0 # Maya M. 2011-02-10 09:57
0 # Alisha S. 2011-02-10 11:35
Spring Muslin - 1 (What an un-ladylike posture...sounds perfect for Amanda! ^_^)
Toll Gate - 2 (Looks like the kind of dude who'd be undertaking such an adventure)
Unknown Ajax - 1 (Given it's a title with a specific character named, this seems to fit well)
Civil Contract - 1 (Seems to fit best with the book blurb's content)
0 # Dalisnat 2011-02-10 13:04
Spring Muslin - 1
Toll Gate -1
Unknown Ajax - 2
Civil Contract -1
0 # Tamara 2011-02-10 13:32
Love having the chance to weight in on this!

Spring Muslim #1
The Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajax....the first is horrible. The second is better but not ideal.
A Civil Contract - #1 is more interesting but not Regency so I'm torn.
0 # Katherine 2011-02-10 18:46
I like both options for Spring Muslin , but the second has perhaps too much pink? The second for Toll Gates . Both of the Unknown Ajax paintings look as though they need a little white balance correction, I prefer the second. And for Civil contract the first.
0 # VVMainz 2011-02-10 20:57
Sprig Muslim#1, but gown looks Georgian not Regency.
Toll Gate#2-I take the male as Nell's father, not the hero. I like this better than #1 as Nell _never_ did needlework.
Unknown Ajax#2-I don't see the hero John Staple as the gentleman in #1- he was seen as an Ajax, a really big guy!
Civil Contract#2-This could be a scene from prior to the action of the book, when Adam is convalescing and meets Jennie in company with Julia. The gown in #1 looks Victorian, not Regency.
0 # runaway84 2011-02-10 21:16
Sprig Muslim: #1

The Toll Gate: #1

The Unknown Ajax: #2

A Civil Contract: #2 (The first cover is the wrong era.)
0 # Jackie 2011-02-10 21:28
Sprig Muslin #1
The Toll Gate #1
Unknown Ajax #2
A Civil Contract #1
0 # Mara 2011-02-10 22:07
Sprig Muslin 1
The Toll Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 2. But the cover should be lightened or brightened up a bit. It's too gloomy for the tone of the book.
A Civil Contract 2.
0 # Krista 2011-02-11 06:12
I know I'm outvoted, but:
Sprig Muslin #2 is beautiful and stands out from the rest of my Regency-themed novels. The colors are striking and the painting is beautiful.
Toll Gate #1. #2 looks like "Grandpa Goes a'Hunting".
The Unknown Ajax #1! I enjoy a book featuring a handsome hero.
Civil Contract #1 has, once more, a gorgeous, focused portrait.
0 # Swarna Boddapati 2011-02-11 15:14
Sprig Muslin 1
Tollgate 1
Unknown Ajax 2
Civil Contract 2

Thank you for taking input from all of us.
0 # Abbey 2011-02-11 15:50
Sprig Muslin #2 (I find this picture much more stunning).

Toll Gate #1 (#2 looks like a daughter helping her father dress for the hunt....not very romantic).

Unknown Ajax #1

Civil Contract #1 (because I like the picture better. The hero in picture 2 bugs me).
0 # MaryB 2011-02-11 16:04
I have read, read, and RE-read all of Georgette's books mine are falling apart.
Sprig Muslin #1

Toll Gate #1 Oh my! It's beautiful!

UnknownAjax#2 I do wish it wasn't
quite so dark, though.

Civil Contract #1 If you would remove that unattractive gentleman from the picture, #2 is a lovely cover. WHO is he?
He can't possibly be Adam Deveril!
0 # L. Johnson 2011-02-11 21:57
All of the covers are horrific. Not everyone can appreciate the emotions and connotations of visual imagery plus written text.

Seek the help of a consultant or a historian. I'm not sure if these paintings are even the right period.

Any paintings that feature a close-up of a young woman you should save for titles that are names.

Sprig Muslin: Use the cover of Toll Gate #2.

Toll Gate: Neither cover is appropriate or even hint at the storyline.

Unknown Ajax: #1

A Civil Contract: none

Please go back to the drawing board.
0 # Marcie 2011-02-12 03:08
Sprig Muslin #1
Toll Gate #1
Unknown Ajak #2
A Civil Contract #2
0 # Jacinta 2011-02-12 06:48
Sprig Muslin 1:

The Toll Gate 1

The Unknown Ajax 2

A Civil Contract 1

These are the covers that I would chose for these books
0 # Julie Noel 2011-02-12 10:36
I like both covers for Sprig Muslin but the first is more in the spirit of the book. It actually made me think of not Amanda but Hester sitting in the garden at the end.
For the Toll Gate, again the first. I could think of no scene in the book that was represented by the second cover.
For the Unknown Ajax, the second choice, even though the first made me think of Vincent Darracott.
For a Civil Contract, the second choice. While the first made me think of Jenny, the dress was just too Victorian.
0 # Julie Noel 2011-02-12 10:43
by the way are you aware that HQN used the second picture you've proposed for A Civil Contract for the cover of their reprint of An Unknown Ajax?
0 # Marie Johansen 2011-02-12 12:55
My votes:
Spring Muslin 2
Toll Gate 1
Unknown Ajax 2
Civil Contract 2
0 # Sherri 2011-02-12 12:59
My choices are:

Sprig Muslin 1:
The Toll Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 2
A Civil Contract 1
0 # Liz S 2011-02-12 19:30
Sprig Muslin #1
Toll Gate #1
Unknown Ajax #1
Civil Contract #2 - I like #2 because I get a little turned off at the idea of her being plain, but in cover #2 it looks like she could just be ordinary nice looking girl (tho I think the talking girl should look more glamorous, and I think the guy looks not cute at all).
0 # smallathene 2011-02-13 00:10
Sprig Muslin - neither of them. #1 is the entire wrong period (dress should have an Empire waist and oh excuse me, be sprig muslin), and #2 shows a blonde; Amanda is dark.

The Toll Gate - neither of them. Nell does not sew (that woman is sewing, not knitting. and the archway is not a toll gate), and she does not straighten a man's tie. You need a picture of a woman on a horse, or a woman driving a gig. And about the book description. The heroine is NOT 'Lady Nell.' She is referred to as Miss Nell or Miss Helen Stornaway. Jack does not uncover a smuggling operation; smuggling is specifically ruled out earlier in the book. Besides which, what happened should not be explained, as that is one of the mysteries revealed in the book; the most that should be said is that something sinister is going on. And Nell has only one unsavory relative; the other villain is a friend of her wastrel cousin's.
A Civil Contract - #2. #1 looks like Edith Wharton.
0 # smallathene 2011-02-13 00:17
The Unknown Ajax - neither of them. #1 is wrong as the hero of the book has a round face, blue eyes, and curly light brown hair, cut rather short. #2 is wrong as there aren't that many young women in the book, it doesn't take place in summer, and the family described in the book doesn't sit around looking happy. It's a pretty picture, though.
0 # Jnet 2011-02-13 15:41
Sprig Muslin #1
The Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajax #2
A Civil Contract #1

I have read and reread each of these books many times and although not ideal, the covers selected above, seem to match the stories the best.
0 # Jackie King 2011-02-13 19:19
I absolutely LOVE classic regencies. The new ones are okay, but the real regencies make my heart sing!
Spring Muslin #1
The Toll Gate #1
The Unknown Ajex #2
A Civil Contract #1

I thought all of the covers were lovely.
0 # Luthi3n84 2011-02-13 23:30
Spring Muslin #1 - cover 2 is too centered on the lady
The Toll Gate #1 - I've seen the same cover for 2nd cover published of the same title by Arrow Books
The Unknown Ajax #2 - same reason as above
A Civil Contract #2 - the lady in cover 1 is wearing Victorian dress. however I like the pose of her reading a letter
0 # Mpatton 2011-02-14 09:13
Sprig-- #1
Toll gate-- #1
Unknown ajax--#2
Civil Contract--#1, this picture helps us to be more sympathetic to Jenny's character. Love this one.
0 # Libby Neas 2011-02-14 14:23
Sprig Muslin - Cover #1
The Toll Gate - Cover #1
The Unknown Ajax - Cover #2
A Civil Contract - Cover #1
0 # WWWeaves 2011-02-14 21:43
sprig 1
tolgate 1
ajax 2
contract - both are fine.
0 # Margaret LOML 2011-02-15 17:59
Sprig Muslin #1
#2 the girl looks way too young to even consider leaving home, let alone running away.
Toll Gate #2
the man in #1 is way too dressed up for the captain. the #2 man is way ugly, if they think that's the captain.
Unknown Ajax #1 Superb
Civil Contact #1 Mainly because the #2 man looks very odd. What's with that?
0 # Margaret LOML 2011-02-15 18:02
By the way, Smallathene is awesome. What a grasp of Georgette. I recommend Georgette to everyone. Men, too. And my nephew doesn't want anyone to know he prefers Georgette to Jane Austen. So do I.
0 # Lenore Jago 2011-02-15 22:46
Why do you use these late victorian/edwardian chocolate box paintings for Georgette Heyer's covers????? None of these has the sweep or mastery of a Lawrence or a Stubbs or even a Romney or a Hoppner painting.....grrrrr.
0 # Becky @ One Lit. Nut 2011-02-22 20:05
I actually like the first cover in each of them except for the last one. These all look so pretty though!
0 # tpetrie 2011-02-24 16:03
Sprig Muslin - #2 - It looks like Amanda.

The Toll Gate - don't like either one particularly but vote for the 2nd one, if I must. The first one doesn't look dashing enough for the storyline and the second one makes the captain seem too old.

Unknown Ajax - #2 - It brings in the family aspect better.

Civil Contract - #1 definitely. The second one makes it look like the two girls of the story are close friends.
0 # Tracie 2011-02-25 10:11
Yay! More Sourcebooks editions of Heyer books to add to my collection. My choices for the covers are:

Sprig Muslin - #1 (Beautiful!)
The Toll Gate - #1
The Unknown Ajax - #2
A Civil Contract - #1 (I really love this one!)
0 # Elise 2011-02-25 12:31
Sprig Muslin - 1, though I have to say both are wrong for the period.
The Toll Gate - 1
The Unknown Ajax - 2
A Civil Contract - 2, because cover 1 is from the wrong period.

Why can't these covers show the correct style of dress for the Regency period, and why are the men depicted so ugly?!
0 # sw 2011-02-27 18:19
Sprig Muslin #1 -- I really don't care for #2

The Toll Gate #1

The Unknown Ajax #2

A Civil Contract #1 -- I like #2 but it doesn't fit the feel of the novel enough for me. While the period clothes in #1 are wrong the mood seems right.
0 # shootingrose 2011-03-01 18:57
Sprig muslin #1
Toll gate #1
Unknown Ajax #2
Civil contract #1
0 # Katy 2011-03-09 00:40
Sprig Muslin 1
The Toll Gate 1
The Unknown Ajax 2
A Civil Contract 1
0 # ami 2011-03-14 20:53
sprig muslin #1
toll gate #1
unknown ajax #2
civil contract #1
0 # Heidi B 2011-05-30 18:52
Well, as the owner of 87 copies of her works, including the original one I got when I was 9, in 1977, as well as a student of art history, here are my votes!
Sprig Muslin: #1
Toll Gate: #1
Unknown Ajax: #2
A Civil Contract: #1
0 # Lacers 2012-02-15 22:53
Sprig Muslin #1
Toll Gate #1
Unknown Ajax #2
A Civil Contract #1


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