Saundra Mitchell unveiled the cover art for The Vespertine, which is a new take on Gothic romance about a Gilded-Age girl who stirs forbidden desires and long-hidden secrets with her new gift of prophecy- power she may share with an intriguing boy who seems to come and go with the mists. The book is scheduled to be released on March 7, 2011.
The first image is the actual cover art for the book. The second image was commissioned by Harcourt and illustrated by the fabulous Timothy Lantz. Ultimately, the marketing department decided to do something different. I must admit, I really LOVE Timothy’s version. It’s absolutely beautiful.
Synopsis (Product Description):
The summer of 1889 is the one between childhood and womanhood for Amelia van den Broek—and thankfully, she’s not spending it at home in rural Maine. She’s been sent to Baltimore to stay with her stylish cousin, Zora, who will show her all the pleasures of city life and help her find a suitable man to marry.
With diversions ranging from archery in the park to dazzling balls and hints of forbidden romance, Victorian Baltimore is more exciting than Amelia imagined. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. Newly dubbed “Maine’s Own Mystic”, Amelia is suddenly quite in demand.
However, her attraction to Nathaniel, an artist who is decidedly outside of Zora’s circle, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. And while she has no trouble seeing the futures of others, she cannot predict whether Nathaniel will remain in hers.
When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.
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