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Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer - a handsome, dashing brother and sister - Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. But Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer - a handsome, dashing brother and sister - Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions... And is there something darker lurking at the heart of the Cardew family? A gorgeously dreamy coming-of-age romance set against a stunning Gatsby-esque backdrop, this is perfect for fans of I Capture the Castle and Eva Ibbotson.


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Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer - a handsome, dashing brother and sister - Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. But Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer - a handsome, dashing brother and sister - Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions... And is there something darker lurking at the heart of the Cardew family? A gorgeously dreamy coming-of-age romance set against a stunning Gatsby-esque backdrop, this is perfect for fans of I Capture the Castle and Eva Ibbotson.

30 review for A Sky Painted Gold

  1. 3 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    Let me wax lyrical over this book, which I loved SO MUCH that I shall dub it "The Best Summery Summer Book of 2018". Honestly, it was just . . . perfect. It made incandescently happy and kinda smiley, which was odd because I'm normally a massive moody cloud. RTC!! I received a copy in exchange for an honest review This review will also available on my blog

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I was in a bookshop, looking for a very particular book, when I found a lovely distraction. A beautiful cover caught my eye first, and when I picked the book up I learned that it held a period romance, a big house, a coming of age and echoes of certain books that I loved. And that it was set in Cornwall in the twenties; so of course I wasn’t going to put it down again, I was going to bring the book home. Louise – Lou – lived in small Cornish village with her parents, her elder sister Alice, who wa I was in a bookshop, looking for a very particular book, when I found a lovely distraction. A beautiful cover caught my eye first, and when I picked the book up I learned that it held a period romance, a big house, a coming of age and echoes of certain books that I loved. And that it was set in Cornwall in the twenties; so of course I wasn’t going to put it down again, I was going to bring the book home. Louise – Lou – lived in small Cornish village with her parents, her elder sister Alice, who was happily getting ready to marry her childhood sweetheart and several younger siblings. She were a happy, lively and loving family, and it was lovely to look into their home and their lives. While she was delighted for her sister, and happy to share in all of the wedding preparations, Lou knew that she wanted something rather different. Because her great love was the written word; she was an avid reader and she had begun to write a novel of her own. Literary pursuits weren’t always easy in a busy, noisy household, but Loufound sanctuary in the house and grounds of the Cardew family. They seemed to have abandoned their Cornish home, and so she told herself she was doing no real harm by eating their apples that fell from their trees, reading books from their library, and even lighting a small fire to warm her on cold days. She was happily settled, with an enthralling novel and a small pile of apples, when brother and sister, Caitlin and Robert Cardew, returned to to spend the summer in their Cornish home. Louise panicked, but of course the evidence of her visits was undeniable. Luckily for her the siblings weren’t cross, they were amused, and pleased to find an bright and interesting young person, quite unlike anyone in their circle of friends. They pulled Lou into their world, a world where she would drink champagne, wear elegant dresses, and attend their glamorous house parties. It was the kind world that she had read about, that she had conjured up when she wrote, but that she had never even dreamed that she would visit. She loved it, but she quickly realised that the rules there were quite unlike the world she knew, and that she would have to learn quickly and think on her feet if she was to keep up with her new friends. Lou’s coming of age is beautifully drawn. Her relationship with her sister, who wants nothing more that to live happily with her husband in her new home, is unsettled. Her parents have the wisdom to understand that each of their children will grow to have different lives, and to give them the freedom to find their own paths. Lou loves seeing a new places and meeting new people, but she comes to understand that she must tread warily and consider carefully what is right and what is wrong. Her story is very well told, by her in the first person. Her voice was lovely, the story flowed beautifully. It was simple, but it was profound, and the things that it had to say felt utterly right. The post-war generation is caught perfectly, the period detail was pitch perfect, and that made it so easy to be drawn onto Lou’s life. I found it was so easy to identify with her, I loved seeing that story though her eyes, and everything that she felt, everything that she said, everything that she did rang true. That makes the story quite simple, and some of the characters rather sketchy, because Lou has little experience of life to draw upon and has much to learn. And it makes me say that this a lovely book for a young reader and a simple, undemanding pleasure for an older reader. The setting is Cornwall, but really it could have been any small seaside community some distance from London. The obvious influences are ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘I Capture the Castle’ and I couldn’t help feeling that Lou and I would like the same books, and that if she had published a book I would love to read it.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Bee (Heart Full of Books)

    I really enjoyed the fact that the romance was surprisingly uncomplicated in the end! What a relief! A Sky Painted Gold is a beautiful YA debut with the glitz and glamour of the 1920s invading a small Cornish town. Filled with secrets and hidden desire, this book will sweep you up into Lou's world!

  4. 3 out of 5

    ilsa ➹

    I'm not saying I expected literally nothing from this book and then ended up loving it but I expected literally nothing from thing book and I ended up loving it. So I had NO idea what this book was about but I figured it was some sort of historical fiction romance and it was that but also a lot more which I was surprised to see. Now romance and historical fiction aren't really my thing but SOMEHOW, I ended up loving this book...? Whattttt. So normally historical fic is about the war and stuff but I'm not saying I expected literally nothing from this book and then ended up loving it but I expected literally nothing from thing book and I ended up loving it. So I had NO idea what this book was about but I figured it was some sort of historical fiction romance and it was that but also a lot more which I was surprised to see. Now romance and historical fiction aren't really my thing but SOMEHOW, I ended up loving this book...? Whattttt. So normally historical fic is about the war and stuff but this is set in the peaceful Cornwall so it's basically like a normal book without phones and modern-ness. And I have never read a book like it, it was so refreshing . The story is basically a middle-class girl meeting lots of upper-class people and going to lots of parties with them. Hey, I know it sounds boring but it is SO damn entertaining. As you can tell by the 4 stars, I REALLY liked it. And I'm honestly SO surprised. Lou has a sister calls Alice who is getting married and Lu has never felt more alone. Alice is caught up in marriage, her new home and her new life. In a turn of unexpected events, Lou ends up meeting the Cardew siblings Robert and Caitlin. Here she finds fun, glamour and adventure and it helps with her loneliness and all the changes in her life. Lou begins to spend more and more time at parties with the Cardews, all the while knowing she doesn't fit in. I really have NO idea how Laura Wood does it but she somehow weaves this...amazing story. One that you cannot put down. I can't pick out what exactly is so ADDICTIVE about this book but I just wanted to carry on reading forever. It's dreamy and light and just that perfect read that comes to when you most need it. Lou and Robert's bickering and conversations were delightful and all too soon, I was shipping them. The romance was slow, DEFINITELY NOT INSTA LOVE, and it was realistic whilst also being dream worthy. The way Robert enjoys Lou's story and Lou loved Robert's art and just everything was so perfectly crafted and written. GAHHHH. I loved Caitlin, I loved her character so much. She's SO interesting and she's a lot more than what I first thought. I love the female friendship in this and I also thought Laurie was a GREAT character too. Seeing girls just be nice to each other and support each other is so good to see in a book and I looooove it. I think the reveals were nicely done, everything fell into place very smoothly and it's not rushed or shabby at any point. It is a seamless, flawless story and I enjoyed myself so much. I'm definitely going to read more of this author's work, I think she has amazing writing, amazing ideas and knows how to make her stories appeal to a reader. I don't think I usually read this sort of genre but I maybe I should because it was a pretty good book. Did I have TEENY problems? Yes. Lucky was a person of colour but I felt like he was JUSt there to progress Caitlin's (white) story and (view spoiler)[ "OOOHHH LOOK HOW TRAGIC THEY CAN'T BE TOGETHER SO SAD FOR CAITLIN" and I mean it's sad for both of them of course but I felt like it REALLY need to acknowledge how much HARDER life, in general, would be for Lucky bc he is POC (hide spoiler)] I am glad Lou recognized her white privilege though. Also, the word g*psy is used and I am aware that word is a slur so...?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathy - Books & Munches

    I can't not say this. As soon as I hear historical fiction, I think "boring stuff from years and years ago with stuffy characters and.. too much historical facts mentioned". I can't help it! School gave me this aversion when it comes to history and it has obviously sneaked into my reading preferences as well. In saying that, though, I have to admit all those things did not bother me one bit. I even dare say there isn't even mention of one big historical event in A Sky Painted Gold. For some peopl I can't not say this. As soon as I hear historical fiction, I think "boring stuff from years and years ago with stuffy characters and.. too much historical facts mentioned". I can't help it! School gave me this aversion when it comes to history and it has obviously sneaked into my reading preferences as well. In saying that, though, I have to admit all those things did not bother me one bit. I even dare say there isn't even mention of one big historical event in A Sky Painted Gold. For some people this is probably a "well, doh, not all his fics are like that"-type of thing, but to me it was.. enlightening? One thing I expected, I also got and loved: beautifully descriptive writing. That is one thing I adore in books and I guess it's one of those things a historical book needs in my opinion? Let's talk characters and content! Our main character, Louise, is a writer and a romantic at heart. Since the entire book is written from her POV, I was so happy to feel connected to her. I understood her passion, understood her curiosity and was all too eager to see where she would end up and how she'd experience the glamorous life of "the elite". As for Caitlin and Robert? Definitely was intrigued right from the bat. She obviously struggles with past events and he had this mysterious air throughout the entire book. Loved it! Content-wise, I definitely had some The Great Gatsby-vibes at times. The three quotes from that book throughout A Sky Painted Gold probably helped that along as well, but still. The whole "huge house in the distance"-thing with a wealthy family, a lot of secrets.. It just gave me those vibes, you know? Also the parties! The drinks! The descriptions! Oh, and there's also mention of how people looked at colored skin back then - which I thought was a lovely addition, to be honest. Could've been a bit more pronounced, but still. I'm glad it was there and acknowledged. There's only one tiny issue I had - and once more, it's related to that specific topic I'm known to mention. Alcohol. One of the character is dealing with a lot, is obviously drinking way too much and way too often. Yet, again, it isn't really.. taken care off by the end of the book? I wish it was addressed at some point. That would've made this book perfect. Overall I definitely enjoyed my dip-of-the-toes into historical fiction! I loved the descriptive writing, the slow-burn romance, the intrigue. Everything! Well, except for that one thing. 4,5 / 5!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alice Lippart

    Enjoyable. Really liked the setting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liz Fenwick

    A delicious coming of age romance set in one golden Cornish summer in the 1920s...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bella (Cheezyfeet Books)

    Originally posted Cheezyfeet Books. A Sky Painted Gold was just what I needed when I read it. It’s set in a gorgeous countryside setting in Cornwall, and it’s the perfect dreamy summer read. I haven’t read such a lovely book in a long time! Lou lives in the seaside town on Penlyn with her many siblings and her parents. Her sister Alice is living the seemingly ‘perfect’ life; she’s settled down and married her childhood sweetheart. As the second oldest, Lou knows this is what is expected of her nex Originally posted Cheezyfeet Books. A Sky Painted Gold was just what I needed when I read it. It’s set in a gorgeous countryside setting in Cornwall, and it’s the perfect dreamy summer read. I haven’t read such a lovely book in a long time! Lou lives in the seaside town on Penlyn with her many siblings and her parents. Her sister Alice is living the seemingly ‘perfect’ life; she’s settled down and married her childhood sweetheart. As the second oldest, Lou knows this is what is expected of her next but she can’t help but want more. She’s obsessed with the house across the water and its long-lost inhabitants: the Cardews. The story begins when the Cardews return to the dilapidated house. Instantly I was swept up in their glamour and style – the 1920s is one of my favourite eras to read so I was looking forward to getting lost in the glitz and the glam. A Sky Painted Gold did not disappoint: right from their arrival in town the Cardews brought the mystery and the intrigue and all of the glitter. I loved reading about the dresses and the scenery at their parties, and the way they talk about London as if it is some far off fantasy place. I immersed myself completely in Penlyn and loved every minute of it. I loved the characters. I loved Lou because I found myself relating to her a lot. She seemed to me very realistic – she at first was apprehensive about what she wanted and wouldn’t admit it, but then when she realised exactly what she wanted, she went for it. I liked that she didn’t just have a thought and then act straight on it, if that makes sense? Often I find heroines are ‘strong and independent women’ who know exactly what they want and how to get it straight away first time - which is obviously great, but it was nice that Lou acted as most people would: she thought it through first. I know for me that things take a while to take root and formulate in my mind and so it was just nice to see that in a book character. The plot is simple and completely uncomplicated and I loved that. There’s a sense that there’s a bit more to the story than Lou knows, but it’s not anything particularly massive or life-changing, and I know this has been a sticking point for some people but actually I really enjoyed the almost tameness. There’s a point where I was reading and just waiting for something horrendous to happen, and it never really did?! And that surprised me, and I realised that that was actually super nice – it’s just a lovely story that ends really nicely, and it warmed my broken little heart just right. With its dreamy setting and colourful characters, as well as all the glitz and glam of the roaring 20s, I cannot recommend this lovely book for your summer reading piles enough. While reading the last few pages I had the biggest grin on my face and I know it will melt your heart too so make sure to get yourself a copy of A Sky Painted Gold. *I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. In no way has this affected my opinion of the novel. Thanks!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Don’t let the Cinderella-thing going on at first turn you off. This is not a mere rags-to-riches story where the super rich hero has swept the poor heroine off her feet to shower her with jewels. The heroine is quite naive but thankfully not stupid. She is just pleased about everything. She also likes Agatha Christie’s cozy murders so I instantly felt a kinship to her. I love how the heroine has truly grown in the story. A book I highly recommend to a teen who is feeling a little lost. I also a Don’t let the Cinderella-thing going on at first turn you off. This is not a mere rags-to-riches story where the super rich hero has swept the poor heroine off her feet to shower her with jewels. The heroine is quite naive but thankfully not stupid. She is just pleased about everything. She also likes Agatha Christie’s cozy murders so I instantly felt a kinship to her. I love how the heroine has truly grown in the story. A book I highly recommend to a teen who is feeling a little lost. I also appreciate that there is no female cattiness. The ladies in this book are all supportive of each other. The romance didn’t take over the story and there is no insta-love. The only thing I didn’t like is that the main conflict can be easily resolved if they just talk about it, but I guess there is no story without the misunderstanding. Oh and I can’t help but laugh when the characters are dancing. I know it’s supposed to be glamorous and romantic but I can’t get this gif out of my head. (view spoiler)[ my reaction at the the ending And yes they live HEA (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lauren James

    The most perfectly indulgent guilty pleasure read. The Camomile Lawn meets Dodie Smith meets The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Megan (YABookers)

    Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Lou has always dreamed of being a writer. Growing up in a sleepy Cornish village, she has always wondered about the Cardew House which has been empty for years. She sneaks in sometimes to eat apples from their tree and to read books from their library. When the Cardews arrive back one summer, Lou is swept off her feet and into their world of champagne, elegant dresses, and glamorous parties beyond her wildest d Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Lou has always dreamed of being a writer. Growing up in a sleepy Cornish village, she has always wondered about the Cardew House which has been empty for years. She sneaks in sometimes to eat apples from their tree and to read books from their library. When the Cardews arrive back one summer, Lou is swept off her feet and into their world of champagne, elegant dresses, and glamorous parties beyond her wildest dreams. A Sky Painted Gold is a dreamy and romantic coming-of-age story set in the 1920s full of glamour and parties. A Sky Painted Gold was a delightful read. It was sophisticated, dreamy, and intoxicating. I adored the atmosphere and the 1920s glamour and parties full of champagne, pearls, and dancing. It was extravagant. A Sky Painted Gold was just a fun read. Laura Wood writing really is lovely and she really manages to drag you into the story. A Sky Painted Gold is a coming-of-age story set in the 1920s in a small Cornish village. It has a large focus on Lou discovering herself and figuring out what she wants to do with her life. Figuring out how to make her dreams come true. I loved the conversations she had with her sister about how their wants were different but no less valid. A Sky Painted Gold is also a romance, but a slow burn romance which is always my favourite anyway. It was so. freaking. adorable. but then again I do love a good slow burn romance with a grumpy love interest who softens around the protagonist. mmmm. I don’t know how Laura Wood did it but she manages to create a book where not much actually happened and yet so much did. It was party after party, lazy day after lazy day. Yet, it was addictive and I can understand how Lou also got addicted to that world of champagne and dancing. She wanted to explore that world outside of her village and do something bigger with her life and it was lovely to read. One of my favourite things about this book is the female friendships and relationships. I always love reading about girls supporting girls and lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down. A Sky Painted Gold is a refreshing and romantic read which I highly recommend to those looking for an atmospheric and glamorous read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was a lovely summer read. The setting was good, the characters were fun and I love the time period. Not to mention that absolutely stunning cover. I suspected this might be the perfect relaxing read and I was right. However, there was one thing that bothered me. It all went so too fast. Lou because everyones dearest friend within two months or so. You have to suspend your disbelief on that one. Other then that though, I highly recommend it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    *4.5 stars* LOVE. I am a sucker for a swoony, summer romance filled will extravagant parties, rowdy and livelihood families and that special dose of magic. This delivered on all fronts.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Alice

    I received an uncorrected proof from the publisher in exchange for a review. A beautiful summer read, that I have fallen completely in love with. There are not many stories that keep me reading into the early hours on a work night! Set in a sleepy village in 1920s Cornwall, Lou's life completely changes when she befriends the rich young people who own the huge house on the island (St. Michael's Mount). She spends a magical summer with them, enjoying lavish parties and experiencing new things. Whic I received an uncorrected proof from the publisher in exchange for a review. A beautiful summer read, that I have fallen completely in love with. There are not many stories that keep me reading into the early hours on a work night! Set in a sleepy village in 1920s Cornwall, Lou's life completely changes when she befriends the rich young people who own the huge house on the island (St. Michael's Mount). She spends a magical summer with them, enjoying lavish parties and experiencing new things. Which opens her eyes to the possibility that there is a whole world out there just waiting for her. A stunning coming of age story that I cannot recommend highly enough!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Joy

    I liked this more than I might have done, given that it's quite romance-heavy. It's got strong Gatsby influences, but it's set in Cornwall, and has a happy ending. (Plus, you know, it's YA and has a female narrator.) I picked it up solely for the cover, which was shallow of me, but curiosity about beautiful things is kind of Lou's entire plotline, so that feels appropriate. Though I liked that, despite her interest in attractive people, the romance in this book is pretty slow burn and has more t I liked this more than I might have done, given that it's quite romance-heavy. It's got strong Gatsby influences, but it's set in Cornwall, and has a happy ending. (Plus, you know, it's YA and has a female narrator.) I picked it up solely for the cover, which was shallow of me, but curiosity about beautiful things is kind of Lou's entire plotline, so that feels appropriate. Though I liked that, despite her interest in attractive people, the romance in this book is pretty slow burn and has more to do with behaviour than appearance. It made me care significantly more about it than I would otherwise have done.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zaide

    This was a surprisingly delightful read! I wasn’t sure it was going to be quite my cup of tea after seeing some comparisons to The Great Gatsby, but for me this had almost a modern Jane Austen vibe and I really enjoyed it. Though it is set in the late 1920’s, I felt so many Austen themes throughout. Initially the family set-up and the sisterly bond between Lou and Alice reminded me of Lizzie and Jane in Pride and Prejudice - and this carried on into Lou’s introduction to the lavish parties thrown This was a surprisingly delightful read! I wasn’t sure it was going to be quite my cup of tea after seeing some comparisons to The Great Gatsby, but for me this had almost a modern Jane Austen vibe and I really enjoyed it. Though it is set in the late 1920’s, I felt so many Austen themes throughout. Initially the family set-up and the sisterly bond between Lou and Alice reminded me of Lizzie and Jane in Pride and Prejudice - and this carried on into Lou’s introduction to the lavish parties thrown by the Cardew’s, which reminded me so much of the Bennet’s wonder at the splendour of the Bingly’s balls compared to their own. Robert and Caitlin were the sibling duo who shot into Lou’s life like a bolt of lightning, shaking up her dull life and exposing her to things she’d only dreamt about before. So similar to Mary and Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park, though with decidedly nicer personalities! Then there’s Lou’s first trip to London, her wonder at its grandness, and her love of gothic fiction that reminded me so much of young Catherine in Northanger Abbey. In fact, Robert had a distinct Henry Tilney vibe and I loved their witty and sarcastic banter. This book had so many wonderful aspects that were completely unexpected. A loving, sisterly bond, supportive parents, a delightfully quaint setting, and a healthy and realistic romance. Lou was a lovely main character, naive from growing up so far from society but not silly or gullible. She was funny and kind, loved her family dearly and is struggling with what a lot of women during her era probably did - the realisation that maybe settling down with a husband and a baby wasn’t what she wanted for her immediate future. She wanted adventure, and she got it. If I had any complaints, it would be that there is very little by way of an epilogue, and I would’ve liked to see more of Robert & Lou together. Would definitely recommend this, especially if you’re an Austen fan! After a few weeks this book was still in my mind as one of my favourite reads this year and the more i remembered it, the more I realised how much I loved it, so I’m upping the rating to a full five stars!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jelisaveta

    This was so bad and honestly the complete opposite of what I expected of a novel supposedly inspired by The Great Gatsby. I couldn't be more disappointed. Also, wanted to DNF it around eighty pages left and I did, but then decided to finish it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    I bought this book in a rush when I needed a book for the train, thinking it would be a 3 star read at most, but it far surpassed these expectations! The beautiful cover reflects a beautiful story that I read in 2 days, everywhere that I could... it had me smiling constantly and I honestly cannot sum up how much I loved this book! Would definitely recommend :)

  19. 3 out of 5

    Orláith

    (Review copied from my Instagram post) So far 2018 has been my year of historical fiction. After spending my life barely reading any, it now seems I can't get enough! A Sky Painted Gold by @lauracwood is the perfect summer read. As many of you may know, Ireland has been having a bit of a heatwave recently. The scorching temperatures have been perfect for relaxing in the shade with a cold drink and this beautiful novel. This YA gem is set amidst the Gatsby-esque glitz and glamour of the roaring '20s (Review copied from my Instagram post) So far 2018 has been my year of historical fiction. After spending my life barely reading any, it now seems I can't get enough! A Sky Painted Gold by @lauracwood is the perfect summer read. As many of you may know, Ireland has been having a bit of a heatwave recently. The scorching temperatures have been perfect for relaxing in the shade with a cold drink and this beautiful novel. This YA gem is set amidst the Gatsby-esque glitz and glamour of the roaring '20s. It tells of 17-year-old Lou as she prepares for the wedding of her older sister Alice and onwards throughout her summer of discovery in her once sleepy Cornish village. (There may also be some romance but I like to keep things spoiler-free around here 😉). I honestly could not get enough of this story, so much so that I read it in one afternoon! I'm excited to see what else Laura Wood has in store for us! Many thanks to @scholastic_uk for sending me a free proof copy of A Sky Painted Gold.

  20. 3 out of 5

    Jenni

    Actual Rating 4.5

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leah moulds

    I LOVE Robert and this book omg I can’t breathe because of it

  22. 5 out of 5

    Moon

    4.5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Gensler

    A very appealing coming-of-age story set in 1929 Cornwall. LOVED the romance!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    This was such a beautiful novel I just did not want to put it down, even when I had finished the last page! This story has the perfect mix of interesting character development, gently woven plot lines and some very interesting dramatic twists and turns along the way. What I loved about this story was all of the above! If I had to pick a certain part that I loved the most, I would have to choose the characters, their development and their relationships with each other. You have Lou who is the main This was such a beautiful novel I just did not want to put it down, even when I had finished the last page! This story has the perfect mix of interesting character development, gently woven plot lines and some very interesting dramatic twists and turns along the way. What I loved about this story was all of the above! If I had to pick a certain part that I loved the most, I would have to choose the characters, their development and their relationships with each other. You have Lou who is the main character who has almost accepted that she would spend the rest of her life in the village she has always lived. She would marry and have a family and follow in the footsteps of many women that have come before her. Lou is different, she has dreams of more. She is a writer and has so much more to give. When she is able to, she steals away to an 'abandoned' mansion in the village where she sits and reads for most of the day until one day per peace is shattered as the family who owns the mansion comes back for the summer. In particular, you have a a brother and sister (the Cardews) who quite clearly are the opposite of each other but equally love each other dearly. Lou befriends the family and the friends they bring along with them and we follow Lou as she has a somewhat blissful summer with these new friends of her. A very relaxing story that is filled with interesting characters and wonderful romances. Such a beautiful book that I would not hesitate to recommend and certainly read time and time again. For more reviews, please check out the link below: Debra's Book Cafe Debs :-)

  25. 3 out of 5

    Kayleigh {K-Books}

    A Sky Painted Gold Review on K-Books -> goes live on September 15, 2018 A Sky Painted Gold is a book that I had seen all over twitter for a while and it just looked so interesting. Now this book is not my usual kind of read whatsoever. I am more of a paranormal / fantasy reader and this book being a contemporary with a historical twist is nothing like the books that I usually read but I couldn't put it down. I loved every second of this stunningly beautiful book. A Sky Painted Gold follows the A Sky Painted Gold Review on K-Books -> goes live on September 15, 2018 A Sky Painted Gold is a book that I had seen all over twitter for a while and it just looked so interesting. Now this book is not my usual kind of read whatsoever. I am more of a paranormal / fantasy reader and this book being a contemporary with a historical twist is nothing like the books that I usually read but I couldn't put it down. I loved every second of this stunningly beautiful book. A Sky Painted Gold follows the story of sixteen-year-old Lou. Lou has done everything with her older sister so when her sister gets married she feels a little lost and alone. Who is she without her sister? Suddenly she is caught in a whirlwind adventure with the new rich family who has come to Cornwall for the summer. But as she falls head over heels for their lifestyle how will she manage when they leave at the end of the summer? This is the first book by Laura Wood that I have read and I loved every single second of it. Laura has the most beautiful writing style and I just couldn't stop reading. Everything about this book was just beautiful. The story, the world building, the characters... everything. The writing is just so stunningly lyrical and I enjoyed it so much. Lou was such a great character to experience this beautiful story through. At the beginning she was a lost little girl... by the end she is a mature young woman ready to start her own individual life. She grows so much as a person and learns that it's okay to be different from everyone else and to just be yourself. A Sky Painted Gold was one of the best books I have read so far this year. Considering it's a book that I don't usually read I was completely hooked. Right from the start to the very last page I couldn't read it fast enough. I read this book in one sitting as I just couldn't stop reading. This book is filled to the brim of English countryside, the importance of friendship, being yourself and just a touch of heart-stopping romance. I wish there has been a little bit more romance in it but the entire book is just beautiful and moving. I highly recommend it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Imi (Imi Reviews Books)

    I received a proof copy at the Northern YA Lit Fest in exchange for an honest review. I think this was my favourite June read. I was so lost in the world Wood created and completely swept away right alongside the protagonist Lou, into this Gatsby-esque, high society world. The Cornish setting was a great bonus and gave me And Then There Were None vibes (which is like totally wrong because this isn’t a murder mystery, though Lou is obsessed with Agatha Christie). I’m actually still in the *heart e I received a proof copy at the Northern YA Lit Fest in exchange for an honest review. I think this was my favourite June read. I was so lost in the world Wood created and completely swept away right alongside the protagonist Lou, into this Gatsby-esque, high society world. The Cornish setting was a great bonus and gave me And Then There Were None vibes (which is like totally wrong because this isn’t a murder mystery, though Lou is obsessed with Agatha Christie). I’m actually still in the *heart eyes* faze where it’s difficult to articulate my feelings for this book but I’ll do my best. “I found the Cardew House, a house full of shadows, and I knew, with a huge sense of relief, that I belonged there.” Lou is from an ordinary Cornish family, expected to grow up, get married and never leave her village, until she is thrown into the world of the infamous socialites, the Cardews, whose summer home is located on an island just over the causeway from her home. From there she is thrown into a whirlwind, rural summer in the roaring 20s, full of love, family, friendship, and jazz. I fell in love with so many of these characters and I just want everyone to read this and fall as deeply in love with them as I am. The story is addictive, woven beautifully and honestly, I loved every second and would re-read it immediately if I hadn’t loaned it to Ellie.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Beestone

    So I had tried fruitlessly to grab an ARC of this book before it was released. I wasn’t entirely sure if it would be my thing, having only heard that it was a historical fiction about Gatsby like parties and having seen the gorgeous GORGEOUS cover, but I knew I wanted it so I ended up ordering it on Book Depository. To be honest, by the time it arrived, I had lost some of the anticipation and I wasn’t really feeling it when I picked it up. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump recently and I didn So I had tried fruitlessly to grab an ARC of this book before it was released. I wasn’t entirely sure if it would be my thing, having only heard that it was a historical fiction about Gatsby like parties and having seen the gorgeous GORGEOUS cover, but I knew I wanted it so I ended up ordering it on Book Depository. To be honest, by the time it arrived, I had lost some of the anticipation and I wasn’t really feeling it when I picked it up. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump recently and I didn’t think this would be the book to pull me out of it. But wow, was I wrong. It started pretty slowly, at least for me, and it did seem a little in danger of being put down and forgotten about by me. Still, I carried on reading just a smidge further, and it got totally amazingly brilliant. I should have really known from the first page. Although I wasn’t immediately hooked, I did get the sense that the writing style, the witty little phrases, were up my street and I maybe would have appreciated them even more if I wasn’t still slumping. Full review at https://coffeestarsbooks.wordpress.co...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I don't know quite what was expecting when I picked up this book but I am glad I did. It was really wonderful romantic novel set in the 1920s in Cornwall. I loved being in that world and seeing the glamour of the rich the priviledged through the eyes of the main character who had been invited in. I loved the romance and I loved following the story through. Just a gorgeous summer read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alecs

    Before I picked this up, I was in a bit of a slump. A few days where I couldn't finish anything I started, despite wanting to. But oh boy, oh boy this one was. Amazing. Incredible. *clutches chest* My heart, my poor heart. The Waterstones employee who served me told me this was one of her favourite books of the year, and before I'd even read it, I knew it'd be one of mine too. It gave me such intense Gatsby vibes, which is what she said it gave her, too. The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite boo Before I picked this up, I was in a bit of a slump. A few days where I couldn't finish anything I started, despite wanting to. But oh boy, oh boy this one was. Amazing. Incredible. *clutches chest* My heart, my poor heart. The Waterstones employee who served me told me this was one of her favourite books of the year, and before I'd even read it, I knew it'd be one of mine too. It gave me such intense Gatsby vibes, which is what she said it gave her, too. The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books ever, so I was already squealing just holding this in my hands. It's got a beautiful cover, too. So I was super excited to read it. The blurb made it sound so mysterious and dreamy. I also love the 1920s; it was my favourite period to study in high school. Any book set in this period is bound to end up on my wishlist. A Sky Painted Gold was phenomenal. In short: Laura's Wood's writing is impeccably beautiful from the very first line, the characters have such a misty, musical air around them and all of them are incredibly likable, and the plot is poignant in its progression and pace. The setting is also well painted that it's easy to imagine yourself among the characters in their Cornwall setting. I read it in one go because I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with it right off the bat. It's officially one of my favourite books of the year. Even now, I feel hazy and head over heels at the thought of it, the characters and the plot, because it was amazing. It is a dream and I'm still living in it and I just don't want to wake up. Lou, our protagonist, feels like a familiar friend. She is like the embodiment of curiosity, and I was hooked to her perspective immediately. She's so likable. She's the second eldest of her large, loud family, and her curiosity and wishes are too big for her small, familiar town. She's close with her sister, but because she doesn't really have anyone else. Then the Cardews come into her life, and she's thrown into the chaotic mix of parties, late nights and the Cardew siblings. I found myself falling in love with them as she did. They show her their lavish lifestyle, take her in like one of their own, and call her their friend. She falls under their spell and the magic of it all, yet she still manages to stay true to herself. Even at the end, she holds herself together. She's anchored in both worlds, and I liked that she didn't stray far from home, she was just out there to make friends and have the summer of her life. She is an easy lead to follow and I found myself drawn to her straight away. The other characters were wonderful, too. Caitlin, who is the youngest Cardew, is erratic and is full of secrets that Lou wishes to know, but what I liked about their friendship is that they didn't push each other. Caitlin called Lou her true, dearest friend, and I kind of still want to cry over it because I just keep thinking about how kind their friendship is. Lou becomes such a light in Caitlin's life, and the same the other way around. The ending gave me so many feels. Tears, too, but so many feels. Robert - BYE I AM DECEASED. I loved Robert. I was as drawn to him as I was to Lou. They are both similar, yet so different. He is quiet yet kind, and his witty remarks and banter with Lou made me laugh here and there. I was quick to like him for that reason (view spoiler)[- that he riled Lou up, that they became friends and how feelings were more in between the lines and buried in quiet, unknown moments rather than out loud and blaringly obvious. It was delicious to watch their bond change throughout the book. (hide spoiler)] Laurie was also a surprise - she was likable and because she was Robert's fiancee, I first had my worries that it would go the typical, cliche way with them, but it didn't - it surprised me. I'm still not over it. She is amazing. Bernie, Elodie, Lucky. They are all so, so amazing. I don't have a single character I don't like, and I'm glad. Okay, maybe Aunt Irene, but still. I feel like they were one big family altogether, and I'm definitely still awestruck by this whole cast. Lou finds her something else, her something beyond her farm house and Cornwall, and in the end she holds onto it. Her family are bright and supportive, and I loved her relationship with Midge. Especially in that scene with Aunt Irene. The plot was wonderfully paced. I'm in awe, still, at how it unfolded. How I opened the book and read the first page, and how before I knew it, I was already on the last. The plot was poignant and centered around friendship and family, with a hint of a romance I consider to be slow burn. I'm not doing it justice describing it like this, but it was beautiful! I didn't want it to end. Even the little twists that appeared weren't overdone. A part of me came to expect certain things, but I was definitely in the dark for most of it because I didn't want to spoil it for myself by guessing things. The ending was swoon-worthy and it left me giddy and needing more. It made me extremely happy because before Part 3, I was starting to feel a bit sad and unsure of how it was going to end. BUT HEY HO, I AM SATISFIED AND SCREAMING AND I LOVE THIS SO, SO, SO MUCH. Laura Wood, I applaud you. You've left me rolling around the floor with emotion, namely joy and excitement. This was such a beautiful book. Everything about it is breathtaking. I want to read it again. I want to visit the farm house, the Cardew house, the beach. I miss the characters all so much already. I can't get it out of my head.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Hanson

    I had seen quite a lot of BookTubers talk about this book prior to its release, and the one thing that really captured my attention about this book was the cover. It has such beautiful gold foiling that shines and it's just gorgeous. The only problem for me was that I went into this book with low expectations. I don't really read a lot of historical fiction because of the connotations that are attached the genre (boring, long-winded...), but I think it's safe to say that I was positively surpris I had seen quite a lot of BookTubers talk about this book prior to its release, and the one thing that really captured my attention about this book was the cover. It has such beautiful gold foiling that shines and it's just gorgeous. The only problem for me was that I went into this book with low expectations. I don't really read a lot of historical fiction because of the connotations that are attached the genre (boring, long-winded...), but I think it's safe to say that I was positively surprised. Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer - a handsome, dashing brother and sister - Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions... And is there something darker lurking at the heart of the Cardew family? As aforementioned, I went into this book thinking that I wasn't going to enjoy it. Historical fiction isn't my cup of tea, but since I had heard so many people saying good things about it, I decided that I would take the chance and read it. I was actually lucky enough to be sent an unsolicited copy from Scholastic, so thank you so much to them for sending me a copy to review. “I found the Cardew House, a house full of shadows, and I knew, with a huge sense of relief, that I belonged there.” - Laura Wood, A Sky Painted Gold The premise of this book is pretty straightforward: a farm girl meets a bunch of upper-class people and ends up partying her summer away with them whilst also getting to know them for who they really are. And yes, it was straightforward, but it was so bloody entertaining. I read pretty much the whole book with a goofy smile on my face because I loved the characters and their relationships with each other, I loved the romance, I loved the banter, I loved the friendships... Everything about the characters was so well done. A Sky Painted Gold is written in the 1st person from Lou's perspective as she navigates her way through young adult life. Just as a side note, Lou has her 18th birthday at the end, and it made me feel so old... I wish I was still 18... Oh well. I loved seeing the different family dynamics in this book as well. We see the family dynamic of Lou with her parents and her brothers and sisters (I loved her relationship with Alice), and then we also see the dynamic with the Cardew family and how their family is wrapped in secrets, but on the other hand, Lou's family is so open about everything. "Candles in glass jars dot the lawn and hang from the trees, flaming torches have been dug into the ground, and a hazy, romantic glow hovers over the scene in front of me." - Laura Wood, A Sky Painted Gold I knew from the very first moment that Lou had a conversation with Robert that I would ship them. The banter between the two of them was amazing, and I thought that they had so much chemistry! Alas, he was already taken *sobs*. But still, every time they were together, they completely stole the show and took over the whole novel with their friendship, and I loved reading about it. The thing with Robert is that he is portrayed as an upper-class snob in all of the tabloids, but when Lou meets him, she realises how much pressure he is under to keep the family together, took look after his sister, and she realises that he's actually a genuine, down-to-Earth guy who just wants to live his life. I think I may have fallen in love with him myself... Oops. One of the other things that I absolutely loved about this book was the female friendships. Caitlin and Lou were such amazing friends, and even though Caitlin was hiding a lot about her self from Lou, they were both still there for each other throughout the good and the bad. Outside of their friendship were other women such as Laurie and Elodie who would also be there for the other girls. There was no name-calling, not bitching... Just honest, and positive female friendships which YA definitely needs more of. "There are dozens of people gathered on the lawn. Moonlight strikes the rippling water beyond, and the sky is simply bursting with stars, like great handfuls of silver sequins scattered on a swathe of black silk." - Laura Wood, A Sky Painted Gold Overall, this was such an enjoyable book, and I'm really glad that I took upon Scholastics offer to read it. It DID take me a quite a while to read (I started reading it in July, and finished it beginning of August), but that's just because I have had so much life stuff going on that I've hardly had the time to read or DO anything! For more information on this, read my July wrap up, and also my August wrap up. But ANYWAY, I thoroughly urge everyone to read this book if you are looking for a cute, quick contemporary read, that also discusses the darker themes of death in the family and the racism of the 1920's. What a beautiful, beautiful book... Trigger warnings: suicide, death in the family, racism, the use of the word 'gipsy' as a slur, alcoholism Disclaimer: this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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