Dear @JillShalvis, why is there a pear on your book cover?

Dear Jill,

I am a big fan, huge in fact, like one of those industrial fans you get on film sets to spray the fake snow everywhere, and I’ve liked everything you’ve written (well, apart from The Bachelor’s Bed, which according to Goodreads I rated 1* but I suspect this might have been in error) since I first discovered contemporary romance when I read Animal Magnetism.

However, something has been giving me great consternation over the past few weeks: why is there a pear on the new front cover of He’s So Fine?

In fact, why is there fruit on any of your book covers?  Is it part of a worldwide campaign to get readers to eat their ‘5-a-day’?  Is there a deep, fruitful meaning behind your books which I am just failing to get?!  Is the pear a reference to the pairing?  Are the cherries are a reference to virginity (if so what are they doing on the front cover of the first book?)  Also, if you’re going to put fruit on the front cover of a book, why not use it as a ‘theme’ for a trilogy rather than use it for Book #1 and then Book #11?

Why are there flowers on the cover of Book #4, Book #7 and then Book #12?  Are they linked in some way?

Why is there a Christmas jumper on the front of Book #6?  Surely that would be better suited for Book #1?  Just like the boat on Book # 9 would be better to represent Ford in Book #3 or for any of the books in the final trilogy?

Does your publisher think that we Brits just like conundrums?

You won’t believe my sense of relief when I finally managed to figure one of the riddles ……. the cupcake on Book #9 obviously represents Leah the pastry chef.

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Remember when your books had pretty covers with sexy couples in love on them?  Yes, I miss those days.


Sleepless in Lucky Harbor


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