The covers must also reflect the content and tone of the books. I chose increasingly lonesome images and darker colors as the war years wore on, especially for Christmastime 1942 and Christmastime 1943.
Though 1944 was another terrible year, the Allies were clearly gaining the upper hand, and many people believed that the war in Europe would be over by Christmas. (The mid-December surprise count-offensive by the Germans, resulting in the Battle of the Bulge, quashed that hope, and the war raged on.)
But when December arrived, hope was in the air. For the cover of Christmastime 1944, I wanted an image that was lighter, brighter, and more hopeful. When I came across the image of the Plaza Hotel lit up at night, I thought it would be perfect for the story – especially since the hotel figures into one of the plots.
If you’re ever in Manhattan, stop by the Plaza Hotel for lunch or tea. Stroll through the lobby to look at the beautiful bouquets of seasonal flowers, the mosaic floors, and the stained-glass ceiling in the Palm Court.
2 thoughts on “The Plaza Hotel – book cover”
What a time of intrigue and romance the Plaza Hotel has witnessed thru the ages. I remember a cold foggy night long ago when an old friend and I were walking in NYC. Could barely see the sidewalk ahead, then out of the dark the Plaza Hotel shone like a lighthouse at sea. What a beautiful old dame this historic place remains.
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What a lovely memory of the Plaza – thanks for sharing.