June 2018 New Releases!

Welcome to the first month of summer! If your library is hosting a summer reading challenge, or if you just want a great book to take along on your next vacation, I’ve got some fabulous recommendations for you: these four beauties releasing from Bethany House this month! Get an early start by clicking on a cover to read an excerpt.

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

Plot: Dr. Rosalind Werner is at the forefront of a groundbreaking new water technology—if only she can get support for her work. Nicholas, Commissioner of Water for New York, is skeptical—and surprised by his reaction to Rosalind. While they fight against their own attraction, they stand on opposite sides of a battle that will impact thousands of lives.


A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

Plot: Forced to run for her life, Kit FitzGilbert finds herself in the very place she swore never to return to—a London ballroom. There she encounters Graham, Lord Wharton, who believes Kit holds the key to a mystery he’s trying to solve. As much as she wishes that she could tell him everything, she can’t reveal the truth without endangering those she loves.


King’s War by Jill Williamson

Plot: The remnant of the Five Realms has finally found a home in Er’Rets. However, peace is much harder to secure, and forces from within and without threaten Trevn’s new rule. The Hadar family and their allies prepare to make one final stand in the name of Arman: There shall be war—in Er’Rets and in the Veil—to vanquish evil or be ruled by darkness.


More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

Plot: Seeking justice against the man who destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront the person responsible. But his quest is derailed when, instead of a hardened criminal, he finds an ordinary man with a sister named Evangeline—an unusual beauty with mismatched eyes and a sweet spirit that he finds utterly captivating.

Here’s a question that divides both readers and our list of books this month: do you prefer to see the main character’s face on the cover of a book or not? Or does it not matter to you?

14 thoughts on “June 2018 New Releases!

  1. I do like to see the main character on the cover. I don’t necessarily have to see their face. It helps give me an idea of the person the story is about, as well as the time period and style of the story within.

  2. I’d prefer not to see a face. I was reading an ebook one time & found the described hero handsome then saw the actual book cover & found him completely unattractive. Didn’t ruin the book for me but came close. Plus I think I’m more intrigued by less on a cover.

  3. It doesn’t really matter to me one way or another BUT, if you put the main character on the cover PLEASE make it accurate! I’ve read books where the hair color is different, the eyes are different, the hair length is different and other things are different and it bugs me the WHOLE book! I wished they hadn’t even put the character on the cover at all if they were going to ruin it like that. Follow the author’s description to a tee if you are putting the character on the cover!

  4. I actually prefer to not see the character’s face because then I can create the character in my mind based on the description within the pages of the book. It takes me out of the story a tiny little bit when the character is already determined by the cover. It doesn’t make me not read a book, but I do prefer to imagine the characters myself.

  5. I don’t have a strong preference one way or another, although i generally like seeing the characters on the cover. Valri Western does make a good point regarding accuracy – I’ve caught the same thing a few times, as well. Also, though I do love children, covers that just have pictures of children are not my favorite, especially if it’s a romance story – it’s fine to include them in the cover with one of the main characters. It won’t prevent me from reading a book, though.

  6. I do not like the main character’s face on the cover. As I read a fiction story I like to create my own pictures of the storyline and people as the action unfolds. I also notice that sometimes the person’s face on the cover will cause me to not purchase a book. That might sound odd, but how can I enjoy a story if I don’t care for the “person”. This is a little off point, but do you realize most of your readers are women and a young woman’s pretty face on the cover is not going to influence most of us to pick up your book. We are more interested in a great storyline.

  7. It doesn’t matter to me. I do like when the cover itself draws me to a book, but I imagine what the characters look like based on how they are described in the book regardless of what they might look like on the cover.

  8. I like when the front cover, spine and back cover all work together to create one big picture! I do like when the main character is accurately portrayed, face showing or not. 🙂

  9. I definitely prefer to see the main character’s face on the cover. If I can’t, then make it scenery, buildings, streets, etc. I am not a fan of a partial face (no visible eyes) or back of the person. Now, I don’t mind if, for example, Karen Witemeyer’s cover had a far away couple on it and not the closeup of the woman’s face. If it had the background, man on the horse, and a full-length picture of a woman in the field, I would love that as well.

    • I did think Kristi Ann Hunter’s An Elegant Facade’s cover was very accurate in terms of Georgina’s personality – she had hidden a part of herself for so long, so it seemed fitting that we only saw her face from just below her eyes. Sometimes that kind of view works – but I’m with you, I don’t like covers that show the back of the person.

  10. I prefer not to have the main character’s face on the cover. I like to imagine them, and with their picture on the cover, it is hard to do! But, it will NEVER stop me from reading a book!

  11. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I don’t like to see it all the time but now & then is OK. I think I prefer scenery of the story’s location. Having the heroine on the cover is fine but not a close up. I liked the cover of Lynn Austin’s Where We Belong. I also liked the cover of Irene Hannon’s Sea Rose Lane, for instance.

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