Compare and Contrast

Looking at the French edition of The Ashford Affair, I was struck by how much the covers vary by country. I’ve lucked out with some extra lovely cover art for Ashford, all around.

Here, for your amusement, is the full panoply of Ashford covers. Which do you like best?

Ashford US, hardcover and paperback:

Ashford Cover Ashford Paperback

Germany and France:

Ashford Germany Ashford France

Spain and Poland:

Ashford Spain Ashford Poland

Italy and Spain II (Catalan):

Ashford Italy Ashford Catalan

(Apologies for the tiny images at the end. I only had smaller jpegs for the Italian and Catalan editions.)

Which is your favorite?

The Ashford Affair comes out in paperback in the US on March 25th (just over a week away!) and in France (as Ashford Park) on May 15th.

And since everything is more fun when you turn it into a contest…

I’ll be giving away a copy of The Ashford Affair paperback to one person who comments on this post. Winner to be announced on Sunday!


  1. Lisa H on March 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    My favorite is the US paperback cover – and I’m dying to read it!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  2. Kendra Hucks on March 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    They are all beautiful, but I Love the Germany cover.

  3. Ammy Belle on March 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    This one’s tough – they’re all so good, but I think the US paperback cover wins first place with the Germany/France hardcover – those are just so well done, I love them!

  4. Marianne on March 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I like the cover from Spain. To be honest, none of them really grab me. But the book is great!

  5. Bev on March 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Love your books! My favorite covers are the US paperback and Germany/France paperback.

  6. Céline on March 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I love the US paperback edition, and the German edition. Being French, I have to say that I like the French cover pretty much, but not as much as my favourite!!
    Ashford is really great and I’m really really glad that it will be translated into French!!!!

  7. Julie H on March 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    That French one may be my new favorite of your covers. So pretty!

  8. Amanda on March 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Us covers

  9. Ella on March 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    US Hardcover.

  10. Tricia on March 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Unlike the US hardcover. That just seems like such a Bea pose…

  11. Tricia on March 13, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I like. Stupid autocorrect! At least the captcha code worked…

  12. Heather M on March 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    the US paperback

  13. LynnS on March 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    US hardcover, which is good because that’s the one I have!

  14. Kathleen on March 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    US Hardcover

  15. Monica on March 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I like the Germany and the US paperback. Completely different, but in both there is a sense of expectation and makes you want to pick up the book.

  16. Susan G on March 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I liked the covers from Spain and Poland!

  17. Catie on March 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Germany! I love that pop of color in the car.

  18. Jennrenee on March 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I love them all but my favorite is the U.S paperback. It is beautiful!

  19. Shannon on March 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Love the US paperback edition, just beautiful! Although the Germany edition is very nice as well.

  20. Carol on March 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Love the U.S. paperback cover! On the other hand, they’re all great!

  21. Missy on March 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I love the US paperback cover. Can’t wait to read this!

  22. Courtney F. on March 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    The US paperback covers by far the nicest!

  23. Betty S. on March 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I love the US paperback with Germany/France paperback second.

  24. Mary D. on March 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I like the US paperback cover the best. Who knew someone’s backside could look so stunning?

  25. Angi C on March 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Love them all but the US edition is my favorite. So excited to read it I can hardly wait.

  26. Suzanne on March 14, 2014 at 1:36 am

    My favourites are the US hardback and the Polish cover. They are so beautiful and immediately give the information that this is a book set in both the 1920s and Africa. It sounds like I must be the only person who doesn’t like the US paperback cover. Oh dear. I just feel that if I knew nothing about it and saw it in a bookshop I would think chick lit and walk straight past. I do have a paperback copy of it but it is a large trade paperback from the UK that has the same cover as the US hardback. I was delighted when I managed to get a one of those.

  27. Gemma on March 14, 2014 at 5:31 am

    I love the first Spanish cover. The colours in it are very appealing, making it seem mysterious and intellectual rather than just a regular work of fiction. I would definitely pick this book up in a bookshop.

  28. Laura on March 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I prefer the American hardcover – it is very evocative and intriguing. At the moment bookshops seem to be full of books with old houses and the back of females – in period garb – on covers (due to the success of downton abbey?). so something different is good!

  29. Christine on March 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I like the French one. Very romantic.

  30. Stephanie on March 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I like either the US hardcover or the Polish cover. Just really like that image and color palette:)

  31. Rebecca on March 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I like the US hardcover, followed by the Polish cover. Very nice imagery.

  32. HJ on March 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I said that I like the Polish (which I thought was the French) cover best but, on reflection, I’m not sure that the hairstyle is correct for the period. I like the Spanish cover best.

  33. mickey on March 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I can’t decide between the German & French covers. I like all of them, but those two are my favorites.

  34. Jess on March 14, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Germany is gorgeous.

  35. Anne Golden on March 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I LOVE The US Hardcover !!!

  36. Alexandra M on March 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    All of the covers are gorgeous (of course) and strangely cohesive in their artistry! Which I’m not sure was done on purpose or not (probably not), but very cool none the less. Anywho, the original hardcover or the German cover are my favorites.

  37. Sarah W on March 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

    They are all beautiful, but I love the cover from Italy the most.

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