Under a Painted Sky - Stacey Covington-Lee



Under A Painted Sky

Stacey Lee



A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity 


Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.






This is my second book by Stacey Lee, the other one being Outrun the Moon, and I have to say that her stories show the harshness of the times they depict without showing the darkness or the bleakness of those times. They have this soft blurry edge to them.  Which makes them very suitable and engaging for all ages. 


Under A Painted Sky is a beautifully written, uplifting tale about the power of friendship.  With a splash of romance and the trials of tribulations of life on the western trail, while being on the run from the law.  Overall, this story was endearingly sweet.











Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5


Book Cover~ Beautiful

Narration~5 by Emily Woo Zeller was perfect.

Setting~ Old West on the trail to California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)