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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for A Single Thread of Moonlight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren James

    [Gifted] Laura Wood has knocked it out of the park with her new Cinderella remix. It's the perfect delicious read for anyone craving more Bridgerton. Eva Ibbotson-style glorious prose with modern banter and feisty heroines. [Gifted] Laura Wood has knocked it out of the park with her new Cinderella remix. It's the perfect delicious read for anyone craving more Bridgerton. Eva Ibbotson-style glorious prose with modern banter and feisty heroines.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marie Saville

    3'5 ♥ Tengo que ser honesta y, a mi pesar, tengo que reconocer que este ha sido el libro de Laura Wood que menos me ha gustado. Sus tres novelas anteriores fueron un disfrute continuo, en especial 'A Snowfall of Silver', mi absoluto favorito, pero en esta ocasión la historia de Iris no ha conseguido cautivarme tanto como las de sus predecesoras. Pese a esto (una apreciación completamente personal) he pasado un ratito muy agradable leyendo este 'retelling' victoriano de la Cenicienta, ambientado e 3'5 ♥ Tengo que ser honesta y, a mi pesar, tengo que reconocer que este ha sido el libro de Laura Wood que menos me ha gustado. Sus tres novelas anteriores fueron un disfrute continuo, en especial 'A Snowfall of Silver', mi absoluto favorito, pero en esta ocasión la historia de Iris no ha conseguido cautivarme tanto como las de sus predecesoras. Pese a esto (una apreciación completamente personal) he pasado un ratito muy agradable leyendo este 'retelling' victoriano de la Cenicienta, ambientado entre un reputado salón de modas londinense y los muros de una bella mansión de la campiña inglesa. Quizá me ha faltado un poquito más de desarrollo en la caracterización de los personajes; ahondar más en sus motivaciones, en sus heridas y deseos para que la historia fuera más convincente...pero de nuevo me quito el sombrero ante la pericia de la autora para crear preciosas escenas y una ambientación de ensueño. Si todavía no habéis leído ninguna de sus novelas...¡no lo dudéis! ♥ Mentiría si no os digo que muero por tener su próxima novela entre manos.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    What can I say. Laura Wood writes such good light and swiftly paced novels with wonderful romances in them. Of course I'm going to like this. An excellent retelling if you are in the mood for a cosy read. What can I say. Laura Wood writes such good light and swiftly paced novels with wonderful romances in them. Of course I'm going to like this. An excellent retelling if you are in the mood for a cosy read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Weatherbie

    Best book I have read this year 💞 Bravo Laura Wood 👏🏻

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lesly Sarabia

    En realidad es un 4.25 Me gustó mucho, nada más terminarlo pasó a ser de mis favoritos. Al comenzar esta historia no esperaba mucho, me refiero a que no me había hecho expectativas respecto al libro así que mi lectura fue mucho más tranquila. Eso sí, el que fuera un retelling de la Cenicienta ya le daba un plus. Iris, la protagonista, me cayó bastante bien y Nicholas, su interés amoroso, también me gustó. La pareja que hacían estos dos me recordó un poco a Darcy y Lizzy, sólo un poco, mientras que En realidad es un 4.25 Me gustó mucho, nada más terminarlo pasó a ser de mis favoritos. Al comenzar esta historia no esperaba mucho, me refiero a que no me había hecho expectativas respecto al libro así que mi lectura fue mucho más tranquila. Eso sí, el que fuera un retelling de la Cenicienta ya le daba un plus. Iris, la protagonista, me cayó bastante bien y Nicholas, su interés amoroso, también me gustó. La pareja que hacían estos dos me recordó un poco a Darcy y Lizzy, sólo un poco, mientras que la historia en general me dio aires de Ever After: a Cinderella story (película que me encanta, por cierto). Este libro casi no tuvo drama, ni malentendidos tediosos, ni triángulos amorosos; incluso el slow-burn de los protagonistas me gustó. El final sí lo sentí un poco cursi pero créanme que para mí eso no fue un problema. Si buscas una historia bonita, sencilla, tranquila y con toques de romance, A single Thread of moonlight es para ti.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Rouillard

    I am physically incapable of putting down a Laura Wood book once I’ve started reading it… I did wonder if the world really needed another Cinderella retelling, but Iris is no insipid Disney princess and this is not the story you know. This is Cinderella by way of Georgette Heyer - complete with high jinks, convoluted plans, a feisty heroine and a swoon-worthy romance. An absolute delight to read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Laird

    My favorite Laura Wood book yet!! But how could it not be when you combine one of my faovrite authors and a fairytale re-imagining? *sigh*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gorshi

    I have to be honest: if I had to rank Laura Wood's books in order of best to least liked, this would be at the bottom. Though, I was still eating chapters after chapters with my eyes because it was still such a great story. What I loved: -Iris, like all of Laura Wood's girls, is such a great representation of feminism. She is charming and strong-willed. She embraces loving things that are considered girly, while also not letting her gender dictate what she should be like. -The whole talk about chil I have to be honest: if I had to rank Laura Wood's books in order of best to least liked, this would be at the bottom. Though, I was still eating chapters after chapters with my eyes because it was still such a great story. What I loved: -Iris, like all of Laura Wood's girls, is such a great representation of feminism. She is charming and strong-willed. She embraces loving things that are considered girly, while also not letting her gender dictate what she should be like. -The whole talk about childhood nostalgia actually hit home for me. You really do start to see the flaws in the adults around you as you grow and unfortunately, that can tarnish memories that you thought priceless. Also, you really do become attached to the place you grew up with and no other place will ever compare, no matter how luxurious it may be. In a sense, Iris was still stuck in the past and that was shown splendidly. -I loved seeing morally grey characters. It can be easy to fault everything a bad character does, but Iris had enough empathy to recognize why those characters did certain things. -Lady Wynter is a gem What I hoped to see: -I felt that Iris dominated a great part of the story. What I found in the author's other books is that we have the main character and how she is swept off her feet into a new adventure. While there was some adventure here, Iris was too tangled up with her own plans to give much thought to what went around her and, consequently, the reader couldn't see the full picture. Her whole stay at Holland House was mechanical, rehearsed, and I wanted to see how she played her part more naturally. Many of the events seemed to take place for the sake of Iris playing her staged role; the last ball, for example, felt so very much rushed. I know that Iris had much going on but could she at least not enjoy being back at home for a while? I guess that's my fault thought, I went into this with the wrong expectations and I will not make that mistake again when I reread this. -The conflict with Helena was ended quite quickly in the end and I wished there had been more drama around it, especially because it had been building up this whole time. -I find the cover misleading for some reason. While there is a romance, it doesn't really take front-stage until the very end. Final verdict: I will still auto-buy anything that Laura Wood writes because her stories are made of dreams and they make my heart happy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kendall Elise

    i won’t lie..much to my surprise, this book didn’t carry the same magic as laura wood’s other books that i have read :( i have literally been counting down the days until this book was to come out and I’m a little disappointed! that’s not to say this book wasn’t good! i really liked a lot of things about this book but it definitely didn’t hold a candle to ‘a sky painted gold’ and ‘a snowfall of silver’ and ‘under a dancing star’ which are my favorite books of all times. This book was sort of a C i won’t lie..much to my surprise, this book didn’t carry the same magic as laura wood’s other books that i have read :( i have literally been counting down the days until this book was to come out and I’m a little disappointed! that’s not to say this book wasn’t good! i really liked a lot of things about this book but it definitely didn’t hold a candle to ‘a sky painted gold’ and ‘a snowfall of silver’ and ‘under a dancing star’ which are my favorite books of all times. This book was sort of a Cinderella-inspired book but it fell flat in some areas! this book contains: -STRONG female MC -lots of cute moments with the love interest -Cinderella MC out for revenge on her stepmother -one stepsister is kind, the other is mean -lots of surprising good characters -talented MC (good at fighting, horseback riding, sewing) -beautiful dress descriptions -witty dialogue -a couple twists all in all, LAURA wood’s writing is always SOOO dreamy and her romances are always amazing but I still love her other books more :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sifa Poulton

    Was there ever any doubt that Laura Wood would pull off another stunning historical novel? And yes, this one probably ought to be called a historical romance rather than a historical with romance elements. We depart from the early 20th century, but only by a year. It's the late Victorian period, and we get a tale of revenge, hidden identities, and love. It's a brilliant spin on Cinderella, where Cinderella decides to get her revenge for all the years of misery, going undercover at the home that's Was there ever any doubt that Laura Wood would pull off another stunning historical novel? And yes, this one probably ought to be called a historical romance rather than a historical with romance elements. We depart from the early 20th century, but only by a year. It's the late Victorian period, and we get a tale of revenge, hidden identities, and love. It's a brilliant spin on Cinderella, where Cinderella decides to get her revenge for all the years of misery, going undercover at the home that's been stolen from her.< That fairytale vibe is so clear in the book, with the dress making and balls and princes. There are midnight meetings, multiple people acting like fairy godmothers for others, and a spiteful stepmother and stepsister. I really liked that one of the stepsisters was not horrible, but rather suffering from the conceit and narrow-mindedness of her mother and sister. Plus, I always love seeing a nerdy girl who knows her own mind and desire to study succeed. The aroacespec rep too was so nice to discover, and I could really see myself in Cassie. There was no beating about the bush trying to conceal that Iris wanted revenge, even when she falls in love and is offered a chance to stop, but doesn't. I loved that Iris was allowed to be feminine, with an interest in clothes and looking out for others, as well as having a firm desire to even the scales. So often female characters who are after revenge have to be "not like other girls" (to the point that they are like many other girls in the genre, which is ironic!) Seeing both together without that being presented as a conflict was just so freeing. The only problem with finishing this book is that there isn't another Laura Wood book for me to pick up this instance! I will eagerly await whatever she writes next!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    2.5 Good book, easy read especially if you like regency romances and cinderella type stories. The story was a little predictable and the characters weren't super well developed, so it just depends on the type of read you are looking for. My only major complaint (in two parts) are the main characters and their relationship with each other. They are obsessed with revenge- so much so that it feels like the author is trying to go out of her way to make the reader *not* like the characters. So that w 2.5 Good book, easy read especially if you like regency romances and cinderella type stories. The story was a little predictable and the characters weren't super well developed, so it just depends on the type of read you are looking for. My only major complaint (in two parts) are the main characters and their relationship with each other. They are obsessed with revenge- so much so that it feels like the author is trying to go out of her way to make the reader *not* like the characters. So that was weird. Plus, it doesn't have a ton of romance in it. I'm not sure if this book is classified as a romance book or not, but don't go into this book expecting the level of romance to be a main plot point. If anything the romance felt like an afterthought and didn't feel super geniune in the end. I actually thought I missed something when the characters were all of a sudden declaring their feelings cause through the whole book neither acted like they liked each other at all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chantelle

    It's official, Laura Wood is my favourite writer -- not A favourite but THE favourite. She has done it again. ASToM is sublime. A refreshing take on the Cinderella tale -- this is so much better. It whisks you away, enchanting with every page, from the very first page. It's absolutely engrossing; I didn't want it to end. I laughed, felt joy, sorrow and enraged. I loved seeing characters flouting convention and being true to themselves. I always appreciate how well Laura writes relationships. It' It's official, Laura Wood is my favourite writer -- not A favourite but THE favourite. She has done it again. ASToM is sublime. A refreshing take on the Cinderella tale -- this is so much better. It whisks you away, enchanting with every page, from the very first page. It's absolutely engrossing; I didn't want it to end. I laughed, felt joy, sorrow and enraged. I loved seeing characters flouting convention and being true to themselves. I always appreciate how well Laura writes relationships. It's not uncommon to see unhealthy relationships in books being romanticised but Laura writes great relationships and shines a light on certain issues surrounding controlling behaviour and how not to treat women. There were moments where I paused and thought: I love that that was included. How wonderful and important. It really is perfection.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abi

    If you need something that’s similar to Bridgerton or Edenbrooke then this one is for you! An atmospheric and swoony romance, this one has me glued to the pages. I LOVE Laura Wood’s books (will be posting all her books soon) so I’d preordered this one and was so excited to read it. It’s a loose retelling of Cinderella and SO adorable. Major Bridgerton/Edenbrooke vibes. You know a book is good when you’re gasping and holding your breath because the love interest gave the main character his jacket If you need something that’s similar to Bridgerton or Edenbrooke then this one is for you! An atmospheric and swoony romance, this one has me glued to the pages. I LOVE Laura Wood’s books (will be posting all her books soon) so I’d preordered this one and was so excited to read it. It’s a loose retelling of Cinderella and SO adorable. Major Bridgerton/Edenbrooke vibes. You know a book is good when you’re gasping and holding your breath because the love interest gave the main character his jacket and it was so romantic 😂 All Laura Wood’s book are so beautiful and atmospheric. This one is set in 1899 in London. I could feel the setting dripping off the pages and I couldn’t read read this fast enough. This book had me: -non stop smiling -laughing out loud because it’s SO funny -freaking out because it was so cute LOVED LOVED LOVED

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh (BookwormEscapes)

    A Single Thread Of Moonlight is my fourth @lauracwood book and it’s yet another 5* favourite! Nobody writes YA historical fiction quite like it and I love her for it 😍. This one feels like Cinderella meets Bridgerton and it is EVERYTHING. Thank you to @scholastic_uk for the gifted review copy. 🪡 A Single Thread Of Moonlight is just gorgeously romantic escapism. Once again I was completely transported to another time and place through vivid descriptions of balls, dresses and stately rooms. I just w A Single Thread Of Moonlight is my fourth @lauracwood book and it’s yet another 5* favourite! Nobody writes YA historical fiction quite like it and I love her for it 😍. This one feels like Cinderella meets Bridgerton and it is EVERYTHING. Thank you to @scholastic_uk for the gifted review copy. 🪡 A Single Thread Of Moonlight is just gorgeously romantic escapism. Once again I was completely transported to another time and place through vivid descriptions of balls, dresses and stately rooms. I just wanted to climb into the pages! Laura’s female leads are incredible and Iris is no exception - she’s completely loveable, fierce and so strong willed! There’s a lot of sassy banter and funny moments mixed with romance, feminism and friendships. This book is the absolute perfect read to cosy up with this Autumn! I loved it SO much!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    The only bad thing about this book is that it ends. No, I'm not exaggerating. Laura Wood's writing is ALWAYS dreamy, and she's my favourite author on the planet, but this just had an extra layer of magic that I absolutely adored. I can't actually put into words how much this incredible book gripped me. I was actually angry I had to go to work instead of stay home and read... The characters are instantly relatable, if not always likeable. The plot is intricately linked and winds around and around, l The only bad thing about this book is that it ends. No, I'm not exaggerating. Laura Wood's writing is ALWAYS dreamy, and she's my favourite author on the planet, but this just had an extra layer of magic that I absolutely adored. I can't actually put into words how much this incredible book gripped me. I was actually angry I had to go to work instead of stay home and read... The characters are instantly relatable, if not always likeable. The plot is intricately linked and winds around and around, like thread on a bobbin. I loved the way the side characters had their own stories and those were wound into Iris's adventures. The romantic hero is absolutely swoonworthy, and I need about three more books worth of Nick Wynter. Anyone know how to wipe your memory so you can enjoy a book all over again? Asking for a friend...

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Book Chief

    Iris Scott-Holland is eleven years old when she runs away from her stately country house after the death of her doting father. Iris is certain that her father was murdered by her new stepmother and that she will be her next target, but has no proof. So she runs away to London where she finds employment with Madame Solange, an ambitious dressmaker. Seven years later, Iris Scott-Holland has reinvented herself as the reclusive Iris Grey, and Madame Solange’s shop is one of London’s finest, thanks t Iris Scott-Holland is eleven years old when she runs away from her stately country house after the death of her doting father. Iris is certain that her father was murdered by her new stepmother and that she will be her next target, but has no proof. So she runs away to London where she finds employment with Madame Solange, an ambitious dressmaker. Seven years later, Iris Scott-Holland has reinvented herself as the reclusive Iris Grey, and Madame Solange’s shop is one of London’s finest, thanks to Madame’s sharp business sense and Iris’s magic with sewing and embroidery. During this time, Iris has been hiring investigators to look into her father’s death, but has found no clues. Iris is desperate to prove that Lady Scott-Holland is a murderess and have her revenge, but is woefully without any ideas or ways to achieve this. So when she gets a startling proposition from the rich and powerful Lord Nicholas Wynter that will give her a chance to visit her old home and humiliate her cruel stepsister and stepmother, and also a chance to talk to some of the old servants and find out clues about her father’s death, she readily agrees. But will she succeed? I loved Iris’s independence, confidence and courage. She is also witty and kind and loyal once she lets her guard down and trusts someone. I also liked Lord Wynter because he admires exactly all of this about Iris. The chemistry between the two is also very enjoyable. The only thing I felt was weak was the lack of conflict- everything was very easy for Iris. But it’s a cosy YA romance, so I guess all is forgiven. :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The greatest compliment I can give Laura Wood is that reading her is the closest thing to reading Eva Ibbotson, without just rereading Eva Ibbotson! She writes the swooniest romances, in lovely settings, and I have never not loved the heroine and hero. This one is a pure delight as ever, and Iris might just be my favourite of her heroines - I do love a woman who can throw a punch and wield a sewing needle with panache! (I might be biased because those are two of my own interests but I don't care The greatest compliment I can give Laura Wood is that reading her is the closest thing to reading Eva Ibbotson, without just rereading Eva Ibbotson! She writes the swooniest romances, in lovely settings, and I have never not loved the heroine and hero. This one is a pure delight as ever, and Iris might just be my favourite of her heroines - I do love a woman who can throw a punch and wield a sewing needle with panache! (I might be biased because those are two of my own interests but I don't care!)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daenerys Targaryen

    If you are looking for a strong independent heroine and serious romance that is based on love, admiration and understanding then this is for you. I really liked how Iris took her fate in her own hands and how she didn't bend when life threw her a curveball. And Nicholas was a hero who is brooding, serious, intelligent and has foresight. Instead of feeling repetitive the cindrellaesque vibe in the story added depth to the plot. If you are looking for a strong independent heroine and serious romance that is based on love, admiration and understanding then this is for you. I really liked how Iris took her fate in her own hands and how she didn't bend when life threw her a curveball. And Nicholas was a hero who is brooding, serious, intelligent and has foresight. Instead of feeling repetitive the cindrellaesque vibe in the story added depth to the plot.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Watson

    I’m. In. LOVE! * Sassy, strong heroine out for vengeance * Mysterious Lord who is the ULTIMATE gentleman * Adorable, feminist stepsister * Lady Danbury-esque Grandmother A very public showdown! Now what am I going to do?! I’m need the next one, and Laura Wood only just wrote this one *impatiently taps foot* Definitely worth a late night. This book was perfection!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leonie

    If I was 12 I’d probably be more generous with my stars, but as I am a little bit older, 3 is enough for a Cinderella revenge story with one girl, two men, a wicked step-mother, a vile step-sister (and a nice one) and not quite enough depth of characterisation or period accurate clothing! A fun frolic.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Final Rating: 4.5 stars I absolutely adored this book! Cinderella meets Anastasia in this fairytale-esque story of love and revenge. I loved how cosy, whimsical and entertaining this was, and will definitely be looking out for more of Laura Wood’s work in the future. Oh, all the romantic tropes!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Renel

    i really liked it but can laura wood stop making the age gaps between characters so fucking big (i mean 18 and 22 is only 4 years but thats a lot in that stage of life) IDGAF that was the standard one century ago

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie Marriott

    Another fantastic new version of the Cinderella story. I loved it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    “One should never underestimate the power of good clothes: good clothes could start a revolution.” Perfection. As always.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Cosy read

  26. 4 out of 5

    Klissia

    Not my favorite Laura Wood's book or exciting read but still enjoyable . The plot is another retelling of a literature classic and a fairy tale: Jane Eyre/Cinderela. A comfort book Not my favorite Laura Wood's book or exciting read but still enjoyable . The plot is another retelling of a literature classic and a fairy tale: Jane Eyre/Cinderela. A comfort book

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jojosbookshelf

    I guess I'm a hopeless romantic now I guess I'm a hopeless romantic now

  28. 4 out of 5

    Malahat Nadeem

    I think this is exactly what i was looking for after my past extremely intense reads? Sailed through this one. Had no high hopes but surprisingly an easy breezy read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    3.5 ⭐️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Piper

    I liked this a lot but I wanted to like it even more!

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