Shoup is an Indiana writer with a stack of acclaimed books to her credit, but this is my first time reading her. And I’ll admit without shame that one of the reasons I’m taking a leap with this one is that it has a great cover.
I know, of course, that the words came long before the cover design was decided. However, as a lifelong reader, I accept the reality that I’m less likely to read a book with a lousy jacket than I am to read—or purchase—a book with a good one. So am I judging a book by its cover? In part, of course I am. I bet you do, too.