YA Fiction

A Sky Painted Gold

Laura Wood A Sky Painted gold book

When seventeen-year-old Lou steals inside the grand Cardew house in the dreamy summer of 1929, she is irresistibly drawn into the lives of the Cardew siblings - glittering whirlwind Caitlin and handsome, enigmatic Robert.

But as Lou is swept into their dazzling world of moonlit parties, unrivalled glamour and whispered secrets, can she stay true to her self - and her heart?

Exuberantly entertaining, breezily romantic and shimmering with the delicious anticipation of pastures new, this is jubilantly fine fiction in the vein of I Capture the Castle. - LoveReading4Kids

Perfect for glamour-soaked summer escapism -

Mail on Sunday

Under a Dancing Star

LAura wood under a dancing star book

  

In grey, 1930s England, Bea has grown up kicking against the conventions of the time, all the while knowing that she will one day have to marry someone her parents choose - someone rich enough to keep the family estate alive. But she longs for so much more - for adventure, excitement, travel, and maybe even romance.
 

When she gets the chance to spend the summer in Italy with her bohemian uncle and his fiancee, a whole world is opened up to Bea - a world that includes Ben, a cocky young artist who just happens to be infuriatingly handsome too. Sparks fly between the quick-witted pair until one night, under the stars, a challenge is set: can Bea and Ben put aside their teasing and have the perfect summer romance?

With their new friends gleefully setting the rules for their fling, Bea and Ben can agree on one thing at least: they absolutely, positively will not, cannot fall in love...

A long, hot summer of kisses and mischief unfolds - but storm clouds are gathering across Europe, and home is calling. Every summer has to end - but for Bea, this might be just the beginning. 

Think Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, set in Italy and revolving around a summer romance, and you’ll understand the joy of Laura Wood’s Under a Dancing Star. - Stylist

"Heady, sun-drenched and achingly romantic" - Observer

A Snowfall of Silver

Laura Wood a snowfall of silver book

A snow-dusted love story.


In the Autumn of 1931, eighteen-year-old Freya Trevelyan runs away from her home in Cornwall to follow her dream of becoming an actress. When she is invited to join a theatrical company about to head out on tour, Freya thinks the path to success is clear, and, amidst all the glamour and bustle of stage life, she finds - for the first time - a place to belong.

But can reality ever live up to her expectations? What if her life - and falling in love - turn out to be nothing like she planned?

An enchanting coming of age romance about following your dreams - even when they aren't quite what you expected.

Laura Wood serves up an irresistible helping of old-fashioned romance...Wood beautifully captures the adrenaline of venturing out into the world, alongside the joy and heartache of first love. Gorgeous Christmas escapism. -  Observer

A single Thread of Moonlight

Laura Wood A single thread of moonlight book

With shades of Pride and Prejudice and The Count of Monte Cristo, Laura Wood has penned a Cinderella story for the Bridgerton generation.

Iris Grey's childhood was idyllic... until her father remarried. Iris's new stepmother and two stepsisters were cold-hearted schemers, and when her father dies in mysterious circumstances, Iris knows that something is wrong. Far too spirited to be forced into a life of servitude, she runs away to London.

 

When she crosses paths with handsome, clever and cold Nicholas Wynter, Iris realises that this is her moment for revenge. Together they plot the downfall of their enemies - but the pair begin to find they have more in common than a desire for justice.

Will their spark burn bright or will it be extinguished in the flames of their ambition?