After the hidden meaning behind the title of my novel was revealed in my previous blog post , the next logical step is to expand on the significance of the imagery on the book cover, as it is strictly connected, in fact, inseparable, from the title itself.
It represents my favorite moment in the storyline, I believe one of the most touching: Stella finds out the truth about the reason why Jason had to leave her, and it is thanks to the memory of that very flower that her hope will come alive again.
An incredulous light in her dark brown eyes, tears streaking down her face, her body reversed on the window sill, her harm longing to reach for the void down below, she is overtaken by the most excruciating pain.
Tight between her fingers lies a blue flower, the reminder of Jasons promise. The blood on the petal stains the pure whiteness of her skin: a gentle, delicate caress, brushing against her hand. A sweet sense of agony is enveloping her. The black on the background of the cover, along with its dark colors, represents the embodiment of her torment, her disbelief, and the inescapable feeling of devastation she is experiencing deep inside her soul.
It is a Myosotis that a bewildered Stella is holding on the palm of her hand, commonly known as Forget me not, the most romantic wild flower ever bloomed in the open fields. And, as suggested by its name, it entices those who carry it to never forget. Europe is its native environment, but it can be found in North America and New Zealand as well. It grows in the shade, springing out of a humid terrain, somehow reminding us of a rainy Boston during the fall season, where our story is taking place. Perhaps, more than any other flower, the Myosotis represents pure love, the kind of love that breaks down all barriers, and will keep shining even beyond death.
In ancient times, the Forget me not was employed by Anglosaxon populations as a talisman to protect them against witches curses and spells. According to an old legend, the decoration obtained from these plants could speed up the healing process caused by sword wounds.
In XV century Germany, gentlemen who wore the flower would not be forgotten by their beloved, and women would wear it as a sign of their faithfulness.
History tells us that Henri of Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster, namely the King of England, Henry IV, was so taken by the power of suggestion of the Forget me not, as to choose it as his personal emblem during the time he was exiled.
Throughout the Victorian age, the language of flowers associated it to the faithfulness of the pure sentiment of love, everlasting and unforgettable. The Myosostis was, in fact, an ornament worn on the gowns of women in love.
We can conclude by saying that the Forget me not, since the beginning of time, has been at the center of the most romantic and dreamy plots thanks to its fragility, its delicate coloring, and its refined beauty.
Numerous legends have been written about the origins of this flower. The most romantic tale originated in the Middle Ages, in the German region of the Rhine. It tells the story of a knight who, gathering flowers along a river bank in the company of his fiance, to whom he was about to promise eternal love, slipped and fell in the water, dragged down by his heavy Before drowning and being swept away by the strong currents, he was able to cast the beautiful blue flowers to his beloved, crying out his final words Forget me not.
Jason offers Stella a single Forget me not. One of the petals is stained with a drop of blood, but his intentions are the same: he wants to promise her eternal love, no matter how things will turn out, even if he were bound to fail … Will they succeed in being reunited, once and forever, against all odds?