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After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her broth ...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Rating: 2 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
3.5 stars

I loved the premise to this and I was eager to get started.

I really liked Katherine. She's not made of the same things the regency women are and it was amusing to see her maneuver around in English society. There are a few other secondary characters, but it felt like we only got to see the surface of them. It was a very effective way to show Katherine's feeling of isolation.

There were a couple of twists that I didn't see coming and a satisfying ending. Overall, a quick, enjoyable read.

I ordered this book because of the period it's set in. The early 1800s are one of my favourite historical periods to read about, especially when set in England. I had seen some negative reviews, but still wanted to read it, to see what I thought. Unfortunately, I probably would've been better off not getting this book, or at least waiting for my library to get it instead.

The Gilded Cage begins in Virginia, USA, when Katherine Randolph discovers that she and her brother are the heirs to the Walth
3.5 Stars

Synopsis: After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George's head.
Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life,
i received this book through a goodreads giveaway. reviewing books received through giveaways is encouraged but not required.

i was...not a fan of this book. it was boring, for one thing. though i also didn't love the one i just read that took place in the 19th century, at least i could call that one exciting. this one, not so much.

also, the protagonist was fairly unlikable and also pretty dumb. you know how once in a while a protagonist will do something silly, or not see something perceived as
Main reason I picked this one up? That cover. It drew me in completely. Even the inside is gorgeously designed mimicking the outside cover with its whirls and whorls. Couldn't help but click on it to request it. And I just love the historical genre so imagine my surprise when reading this synopsis that it ends up being a murder mystery.

I love the first half of this book. It had all the makings of a well-established setting and a mystery that you couldn't help but try to decipher on your own. I w
rachel ☾
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time believing that a suspense story set in the Victorian era would get such consistently bad reviews, even from my friends who adore historical fic… but now I understand. The Gilded Cage was dull. That’s about it. This whole book can be summed up in that short sentence. Everything from the writing to the characters to the plot was dull, dull, dull. Gray had a wonderful premise, an idea that I have seen well executed - with obvious divergence - multiple times. However, she breathed ...more
Nov 01, 2016 added it
Shelves: young-adult, dnf

I had high hopes for this one and I was left with disappointment. More thoughts to come!
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was in general underwhelmed by this book. I had high hopes for it but those hopes slowly declined with every page I turned. Other than that, I'm not really sure what to say... ...more
1.5 stars. I didn't quite get what I was hoping for with this novel. Nor did I find it, in any way, to be something new or refreshing, and I also didn't particularly feel anything for these characters and their circumstances. I will say that, at the very least, it kept me reading, because I was curious how things would turn out in the end. But all in all? Not so impressive. ...more
Treachery, intrigue and the threat of wild animals in 1820's England.
Sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph and her brother George, orphans living in Virginia are sent the news that George has inherited land and titles in England from a never spoken of grandfather.
They go to claim his inheritance at Walthingham Hall but death stalks them. Katherine finds George dead in the lake, apparently drowned, although there is a wound in his head. Katherine is dragged off to an asylum as others fight for her
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Katherine's world is about to change from a farmland regular to a woman of wealth. And from there her world just keeps on turning. Her brother - her last known living family relative - mysteriously dies and rather than following the mourning customs Katherine takes it upon herself to figure out the truth.

This book was intriguing. It started and reminded me of Pocahontas 2. When Pocahontas decides to go to England to see what life is really like in the town. This changing of venue shocks the char
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm SO disappointed by this one. There was such hope and promise from the first 50% and it was whittled down to JAMIE BEING REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I anticipated a creative, unique gothic novel with a excellent twist and got... this. We knew the outcome at 60% and STILL HAD SO MUCH BOOK LEFT. And the fact that she went into an (view spoiler) What was the point of that? To show that it could happen? G
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A pleasant surprise! A traditional gothic novel, could use a little expansion, but well told
Lucinda Gray’s ( Lucinda Gray is a “ pseudonym of an American novelist who lives in New York.) The
Gilded Cage is set in 1820s England where American heirs, a brother and sister, from Virginia farmland begin their life as part of England’s upper class. As I read this book, I felt as though I was in a ‘frustration’ dream. I believe the sister, Lady Katharine (Kat) feels the identical way as every time she says something or attempts to convey her ideas, all she gets in return from her English cousi
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
My expectations for The Gilded Cage were fairly low, mostly because I hadn’t heard anything about it. Then again, I read it a month before publication. I’m suddenly ahead, and I’m not really sure how that happened. The Gilded Cage proved a fun historical read, though more for the fast pace than the cleverness of the mystery.

The plot passes pleasantly, with many a dark turn. While the direction the plot headed was obvious from the beginning, the path Gray took to get there proved surprising at se
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2016
The Gilded Cage is an atmospheric thriller set in the Regency era. Best for fans of thrillers, this book centers around the strange happenings at Walthingham Hall. While Katherine is our heroine, we don't fully get to dive into her character as we may have liked. The focus centers largely on who killed her brother.

Long-time readers of thrillers likely won't be surprised by any turn of events, although that didn't stop The Gilded Cage from being an interesting book---something that would likely m
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Historical, Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

The Gilded Cage is a standalone novel set both in Virginia, and England in the 1820's. 16-year old Katherine Randolph and her older brother George are living the quiet life on a farm in Virginia where they reside with their foster parents who have raised them since their parents passed away. Katherine meets a man named Edward Delaney who is looking for George. Herman claims that the siblings lives as they know it,
The Library Lady
Nov 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
The plot sounds great, but the writing is bad, overwrought romance novel writing, with more than one 21st century phrase inserted to jar the nerves.I don't know who Lucinda Gray really is, but writing this under a pseudonym is probably a good move.

And if she lives in London, doesn't she have access to something, say, the local newspapers to start with, to teach her correct forms of address for peers and nobility? The heroine is NOT "Lady Randolph" she is "Lady Katherine Randolph," should be addr
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads
I didn't dislike this book. The pacing was strange, though. ...more

Katherine Randolph knows how to shoot, ride horses, and help out her guardians around the Virginia farm with her brother. But becoming an heiress and a lady in English society? Much harder than it looks. Just when things begin to look up after a ball held in her new home, Walthingham Hall, tragedy strikes Katherine in every respect. Her brother is murdered, her most trusted servant is shot, her dog is mangled, and something -- or someone -- is lurking around the estate. But no one believes K
PennsyLady (Bev)
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway

The Guilded Cage
by Lucinda Gray

Our story takes place in the 1820's.
It begins on a hard working farm in Virginia with the happy,
duty filled lives of young Virginia and George Randolph.

Brother and sister are notified that they have inherited, from their grandfather, Walthingham Hall in England.
Their transfer from a rustic, bucolic environment to the opulent
urban society of England is facilitated by cousins already living there.
Soon her brother, a fastidious swimmer, mysteriously drowns.
The mysteri
Elliot A
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can’t remember how I came across this book, but it intrigued me enough to borrow it from the library.

Thinking back on the story, I must say that it was a very concise story in comparison to other books of similar length. It maintained it’s sole focus on the main plot with little detail going beyond it, with most of the attention placed on the creation of dismal and hard to escape situations.

I didn’t particularly like the main character and she was at times the cause of much frustration, but h
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Historical Turn Arrrrroooooound
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Gothic Lite
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Inheritance
Relationship Status: Better As Friends

Read the full book report here.
Dec 04, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: dnf-2016
DNF at 28%. Boring & predictable. The writing was trying too hard to be pretty/evocative & the characters were completely flat. Not for me but it definitely has an audience out there.

Very enjoyable. Good mystery, pleasant if under-developed romance. Not a ton of character development across the board but I liked the protagonist well enough.
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I felt that one part of the story's plot was a little weak, but I loved everything else about it, great imagery and a dark, creepy story. Recommend
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Book: The Gilded Cage

Author: Lucinda Gray

Rating: ★★½ 

Summary After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her brot
Anna Fodor
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't really had high expectations when I started this book: I absolutely adore the cover so I looked it up here on goodreads. And I must agree with everyone else: this book isn't bad, it's just simply not good. The writing is bad. We know nothing about the characters, they're one-dimensional. The relationships are just too quick, they don't evolve as they should. We just receive the informations that the heroine befriended Jane and she loves mr x. But that's all. We don't know why, how, noth ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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