Monday, July 13, 2009

Lookalikes: Doubletakes

I absolutely PROMISE that I did not go looking for this! I was actually skimming through Google Reader and came upon the Mailbox Monday post at Debbie's World of Books.

This is the book that caught my eye:

It seemed like something I would like to read, so I Googled it and, on the Penguin USA website, I found this:

. . . which looks an awful lot like a book from my wishlist:

. . . which was also on the Penguin USA website.
Well, I guess someone had to change something sometime! All I know for sure is that now I've got BOTH books on my wishlist!
Here's a description for each book:

by Jennifer Niven

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Pub. Date: July 2009
ISBN-13: 9780452289451

Description: Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold- mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean’s mother urges her to “live out there in the great wide world.” Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher. As their tumultuous love story unfolds, Velva Jean must choose between keeping her hard-won home and pursuing her dream of singing in the Grand Ole Opry.

by Gin Phillips
Publisher: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
Pub. Date: January 2008
Sales Rank: 1,268

Description: A novel of warmth and true feeling, The Well and the Mine explores the value of community, charity, family, and hope that we can give each other during a time of hardship.

In a small Alabama coal-mining town during the summer of 1931, nine-year-old Tess Moore sits on her back porch and watches a woman toss a baby into her family’s well without a word. This shocking act of violence sets in motion a chain of events that forces Tess and her older sister Virgie to look beyond their own door and learn the value of kindness and lending a helping hand. As Tess and Virgie try to solve the mystery of the well, an accident puts their seven-year-old brother’s life in danger, forcing the Moore family to come to a new understanding of the power of love and compassion.

Winner of the 2008 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Fiction Award.


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Debbie's World of Books said...

LOL. I have been noticing this with book covers more and more lately. I had a post about it awhile back here.

Kaye said...

Wow, how weird is that? What do you think those two authors think of their covers being the same? Sheeesh.

bermudaonion said...

I know they use stock photos for covers, but I'm surprised to see two that are so alike from the same publisher.

Dar said...

lol-I love these lookalikes but, like Kathy said I'm surprised that both books come from the same publisher.

Icedream said...

I've noticed the same thing, with a book called Torch by Cheryl Strayed and The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Laskas.

I have The Well and the Mine but Velva Jean sounds like another book I will have to add to my wish list.

ANovelMenagerie said...

I have Velva Jean for review. I hope that I enjoy it!

Sheila DeChantal said...

Wow - that is almost worth having both books for the story behind it.... wild.

zibilee said...

This is getting to be so common! As an author, I would be really upset if someone reused my cover art. I think it's neat that you have a knack for finding duplicate covers though.

Diane said...

Thanks for bringing these to my attention. I love when some of you have profiles duplicate covers; very cool.

Lit and Life said...

Had The Well and The Mine in my hands the other day and ended up putting it back for something else. But it's definitely coming home with me one of these days!

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