Thursday, July 28, 2022

Cover Designs! #28: The Night the Lights Went Out


Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well. Today's pick, The Night the Lights Went Out, is a great summery suspenseful read.

Summary from the publisher: 

Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It's not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren't helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail.

Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merilee--something that allows her to open up about her own colorful past.

Sugar's stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mother's seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather's world.

In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee's house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women.... 

And just another bit of info from my review for Library Journal!

“With well-developed characters, a strong sense of place, a suspenseful plot, and plenty of Southern axioms sprinkled in, this is a warm and engaging novel by prolific author White.”
—Library Journal

The striking sundress on the cover of this book can be replicated with the Seamwork Parfait. This dress has the wide straps and midriff panel of the cover image so would copy this well! 

Parfait Sundress by Seamwork

The stripe play on the cover image makes this sundress a little extra, too, so you'd want to be sure to find just the right fabric to make a similar outfit. 

This stripe from Lindley General Store has that extra zip in the red bits

Or if you're looking for a brighter contrast, you can try this print from Joann - it's 
a customizable print so you can change the size and repeat to suit you! 

Whichever one you might use, tie a red headscarf on and grab some binoculars to start spying on the'll feel like you are the main character here in no time ;) 


  1. Can you believe it? My library has several copies of this book, so I have put on a hold. I love the dress on the cover, and wish I could still wear these sundresses..... there was a time! But I could definitely make something out of stripes.
    .... Sara

    1. I hope you enjoy! I'm not a huge fan of stripes but do find that they suit carefree summer clothes pretty well :)


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