How did I get it?:
Sent to me by the publisher, many thanks to Scholastic!
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?
I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, so when I was given the opportunity to be sent a copy of Laura Wood’s A Sky Painted Gold, I snapped it up. I’m into my historical fiction so that’s something about the book that definitely pulled me in. Usually historical fiction involves a lot of heavy plot lines. This book was so different because it was like an every day story but without all of our current modernness. It almost felt like a period drama. I can definitely see the links to The Great Gatsby. I’m so pleased I read this book because I really thought that it was a gem!
It centres around Lou who has a middle-class family. Lou is close to her sister Alice, who has just got married. Lou feels alone and knows she should be getting ready to get married herself, but she doesn’t feel quite ready yet. Lou ends up befriending the upper class Cardew family. She gets on well with the sister, Caitlin and is intrigued by Robert, the brother. Lou’s life begins to change. She attends loads of parties and events. She’s swept up in the glamour even though she knows she doesn’t really fit in.
I thought this story was so well crafted. It really captured my attention and I found it hard to put down. Laura Wood has such a fantastic writing style. I sometimes can find it quite hard to read books where they’re not particularly fast paced. I can be easily bored, however, with Laura Wood’s writing, I was immediately captivated by the setting and the characters. The romance was a slow burner as well which I totally appreciate. I’m bored of insta-love.
The characters are so wonderful. I immediately really liked Caitlin. Her relationship with her sister was very realistic and heart-warming at the same time. I loved that the female friendships in this book were so strong. We definitely need to see more of that!
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