I love a good book and I’m always on the lookout for new titles to add to my collection. One day at a time, as they say! When a good friend of mine told me about Belle, a unique “art-deco” inspired fiction novel by Jane Austen (that’s a lot of n’s, FYI), I had to have it. Unfortunately, my local library didn’t have it in stock when I tried to check it out. So, I did what any good friend would do and downloaded it from the Kindle Store. After all, as we all know, good friends are always willing to lend a helping hand, especially when you’re in need of inspiration.
The book tells the story of a wealthy bachelor, Robert Pattinson, who is on the hunt for his next romantic partner. Like any good scoundrel, he poses as a husband in order to secure an invitation to Lady Eleanor Lincomb’s infamous soiree, at which she hopes to secure an appropriate match for her daughter, Anne. This bachelor competition is the inspiration for Belle. What’s interesting is that this competition isn’t entirely about wealth, status, or even looks. Instead, it’s a battle of wits and of being able to read someone else’s mind. Ultimately, it’s a story about finding your own style and being true to yourself.
Let’s take a closer look at the covers of Belle – starting with the front cover. As the book’s title suggests, it’s a rather unique take on the traditional “bachelor’s party” theme. While it may not be the first time that a romance novel has featured a wedding party (hello, Elizabeth Taylor!), it is, without a doubt, one of the more unique takes I’ve ever seen. The colors and styling are magnificent, don’t you think?
The back cover is, in my opinion, one of the more interesting aspects of Belle. It’s been awhile since my local library had a copy of this unusual book, so I had to search for it online. The cover design is actually the art work of none other than the incomparable, Van Cleef himself! How awesome is that?
In the interest of full transparency, I should reveal that I downloaded several copies of Belle, either because I couldn’t find it in my local library or because I liked the cover art so much that I wanted to read it even if it was a little difficult to find.