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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. 3 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

    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...?

  4. 4 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!

  5. 3 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. 5 out of 5

    Alice Lippart

    Enjoyable. Really liked the setting.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Liz Fenwick

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

  8. 4 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. 5 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. 5 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

    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.

  13. 3 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vae

    I absolutely loved this - didn't want to put it down once I started reading. Tonally it's similar to I Capture The Castle, but I can't quite figure out how, because it's softer than that, kinder than that. Lou is nearly eighteen in the late 1920s, in a small fishing village in Cornwall. Her elder sister is about to get married, and Lou's ready for the rest of her life to begin when the Cardews and their bright young thing friends come down from London to open up Cardew House for the summer. Lou s I absolutely loved this - didn't want to put it down once I started reading. Tonally it's similar to I Capture The Castle, but I can't quite figure out how, because it's softer than that, kinder than that. Lou is nearly eighteen in the late 1920s, in a small fishing village in Cornwall. Her elder sister is about to get married, and Lou's ready for the rest of her life to begin when the Cardews and their bright young thing friends come down from London to open up Cardew House for the summer. Lou stumbles into their world, and it changes her world - but this is more than a country girl having her eyes opened to the possibilities of the big wide world. The Cardews learn as much from Lou and her family as she does from them, and the conclusion was unexpectedly and completely satisfying. I want to read it again.

  15. 3 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 3 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sally S

    A gorgeous 1920s set romance with a real hazy dreamlike quality to it. If you could capture summer in the book this would be it. It's not as light a story as that makes it sound but it was an absolute joy to read.

  20. 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 :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    4.5. Fast read, sweet book

  22. 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    Actual Rating 4.5

  24. 3 out of 5

    Leah moulds

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

  25. 3 out of 5

    Jess

    Very Great Gatsby-esque. Loved the romance.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Moon

    4.5

  27. 3 out of 5

    Sonia Gensler

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

  28. 3 out of 5

    Maddie

    VERY ROMANTIC AND GOOD KISSES

  29. 3 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I received an arc at NYA Lit Fest I was really excited for this book. The book has been linked to The Great Gatsby which is one of my favourite books. I was slightly disappointed by this book as I was expecting more. I was expecting more parties and I was also expecting more from the plot. I thought that this was a mystery story so I kept waiting for something dramatic to happen but it never did. This book is more of a romance story which I didn't realise going into it. The pacing is quite slow I received an arc at NYA Lit Fest I was really excited for this book. The book has been linked to The Great Gatsby which is one of my favourite books. I was slightly disappointed by this book as I was expecting more. I was expecting more parties and I was also expecting more from the plot. I thought that this was a mystery story so I kept waiting for something dramatic to happen but it never did. This book is more of a romance story which I didn't realise going into it. The pacing is quite slow and for the majority of the book, not a lot happens. What I did like about this book is the author's writing. I loved the descriptions of the parties although I would have liked to have seen more. I would read more from this author in the future. Overall for me, this was just an ok read. I think if I had known more about the book before reading it I might have felt differently as I wouldn't have had expectations of a mystery story.

  30. 3 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 :-)

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