This is the hardback cover and it is simply beautiful, is it not?
My thoughts: I was in love with this cover before I even read the book. The blue color scheme is refreshing and crisp, and the water moving in on the girl is true to a climactic scene of the book. The silhouette of the girl is intriguing, and the yarn unraveling on her symbolizes Lucy's life unfolding.
This is the cover of the paperback version, and the copy I own.
My thoughts: The vivid red of Lucy's dress (true to the book) and the title is striking. The field she's standing in connects to the land she is searching for to plow. I like that the model's face is obscured by her hair, again adding some of the mystery that the silhouette did for the other cover.
In conclusion: The first cover is definitely my favorite, but both are beautiful. Which do you prefer?