Book cover reveal – such exciting words for a writer! 

At last here is the cover of my new book, Elopement: a Memoir.

Book cover reveal Elopement: a Memoir
Book cover reveal
Elopement: a Memoir

Special thanks to Peter Stone of The Big Picture Factory for his patience and sense of humor. Love the result!

Some readers may have missed the back cover blurb a few weeks ago. Here it is again. Thank you to Christina Houen of Perfect Words Editing Services.

‘I could fall in love with this man,’ I thought fleetingly.  But then I remembered.  I didn’t do that anymore.’

From the opening words of Elopement, when Maureen Helen sees her friend John’s much loved old yacht rocking gently on the tide, we know she is in for a life-changing adventure. Maureen, nearing seventy, tells John she hopes she can still take on challenges when she is eighty, and he replies, ‘What will stop us?’

Their decision to elope to avoid the complications of a family wedding is a defiant act that symbolises the risk and spirit of adventure that make this story sing. Troubles arise — different ideas of how to share a life in a house that is haunted by painful memories, family troubles, giving up hard-won independence, illness, depression. But love survives. This moving, funny, honest story will surprise and delight you. It fills a gap in our literature in its celebration of the joys, tribulations and transformations that late love can bring.

Elopement: a Memoir will be available for sale early in November 2015.

I’d love to hear what you think of my book cover. You can of course comment on this site. You can ‘Like’ on Facebook. If you’d prefer, please send me an email at mhelen at

Thank you for visiting my site and sharing my excitement in revealing my book cover.

8 replies on “Book cover – reveal”

  1. The dark figures captivate me – draw me into the intrigue, the fascination of ‘old love’ – not that I believe love ever gets ‘old’. But the title of the book – Elopement – that also suggests intrigue, which is again highlighted by the dark figures. Congratulations to Peter for his intuitive comedy – and, of course, congratulations to you Maureen for laying yourself bare – which you always, lovingly, do.

    1. Glad you like the mysteriousness of the cover, Elizabeth. I hoped it would be warm, which it is because of the colours, and also intriguing. I’m delighted that you ‘got’ it, and commented, my dear friend. Not sure how much I’ve laid myself bare in the memoir. I guess it was inevitable.

  2. Great – let’s get this book out there for people to enjoy. When is the launch??? Can I invite people? Well done:-) Jx

    1. Thanks, Jenny. Yep, coming soon! I’ll let you know when the launch is as soon as I organise it! Love you to invite people!

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