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Comparing Covers #29: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Welcome to Comparing Covers where I will showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions, re-releases, and international releases.


Today I’m featuring A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook version of this and was completely captivated. (review of that soon to come). Since it’s been out for awhile now, I wanted to see if there were other editions.

The story is set in Victorian era London, one of my favorite time periods to read about. I know that the cover for the audiobook kind of captured that feel. The audiobook version is also the same as one of the Kindle versions. I’ve found out that there are four alternate covers for this book. I kind of liked them all, but I think my favorite is the one published by Penguin.


Each of these editions were from different publishers, so let’s us compare them below!



London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.


Comparing covers header A curious beginning by deanna raybourn

A Curious beginning Penguin

Penguin Version

A Curious beginning Berkley

Berkley Books Version













International Editions

A Curious beginning Thorndike

Thorndike Press Version

A Curious beginning Titan

Titan Books Version

















Which cover of A Curious Beginning did you vote for and why?
  • For all other Comparing Covers, refer to the archive.



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Jess@Fairday's Blog

So fascinating to see all the different covers. The Berkley cover is just gorgeous. Love it!


Interesting that Penguin and Berkely a division of Penguin did different covers. I have the Penguin one. I love this series.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

It’s interesting how in this case each edition is so vastly different! But it’s the Berkeley version that totally catches my eye. It’s gorgeous!

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book blog

This is no contest for me – The Berkley Version is awesome!


It’s really hard to choose just one, all of them looks so good. Hmmm….I guess I’ll go for the Berkley Books version. The cover has this Alice in Wonderland vibe, so I guess that’s the reason hehe

Mary Kirkland

I like the Berkley edition. It just looked more interesting to me.

Cheryl C.
Cheryl C.

I like the Penguin version. It’s mysterious, gorgeous, and it gives me a clue to the time period and setting of the story.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

I really like all of them except the Thorndike Press one. It just doesn’t look like much effort was put into it, and I don’t like that it doesn’t have the woman. But wow that Berkley one is gorgeous! Def my fave.

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