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A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

Written by · Published Jul 31, 2018 · Filed under Historical

A Sky Painted Gold

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“Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, 16-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?”

Historical YA is something that I haven’t read enough of and as I’m going through a phase of reading different styles, I was delighted when I was offered the chance to read A Sky Painted Gold. Not wanting to know too much about this gorgeous book in advance, I went into it with a clear mind and couldn’t wait to discover what it was all about.

This book is such a magical read that drops you right into the glitz and glamour of 1920s and makes you reluctant to return to the present. It is dreamy, extravagant and so sophisticated. I loved the atmosphere the author maintains throughout the book. The descriptions of the setting, parties and characters are so eloquent, at times I felt like I was actually there, joining in the fun.

The story of a teenage middle class girl meeting people of the upper class and going to parties with them sounds boring right? Wrong! Yes, this was part of the plot of A Sky Painted Gold, but it was so entertaining. I don’t know how she did it, but Laura Wood managed to create an amazing story out of that! It was so addictive and I didn’t want to stop reading.

There is romance in A Sky Painted Gold but it’s a slow burner, which I love! You get too much insta-love in YA and it was refreshing to see romance develop over time. It felt realistic and the anticipation of ‘will they won’t they?’ just added to my excitement.

A Sky Painted Gold is a stunning read that had me aching to go back in time to 1920s. The glamour and magic had me hooked and I cannot wait to read what Laura Wood writes next.

Amy Rush Da Silva

Amy Rush Da Silva

Volunteer YA Reviewer. Obsessed with fictional characters and drinking copious amounts of coffee. Visit my book blog.