A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, seventeen-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?

How did I get the book? StorytellerInc Book Club

Genre: Historical Fiction

Review: A Sky Painted Gold is lush storytelling at its best. Laura Wood begins the story with an opening paragraph that entices the reader. There will be secrets, there will be trouble. It will be something special.

Everything about the summer at Cardew House is fantastical. The protagonist, Lou, reflects an innocence onto the reader as she is pulled into to the bright and glittery world of the Cardews siblings and their friends.

My favourite thing about A Sky Painted Gold is the picturesque writing. There is much descriptive detail about Lou’s surroundings. Her first true party at Cardew House is incredibly detailed, as a reader you feel like you are walking along with Lou. I’m not always a fan of so much description but because of A Sky Painted Gold is a story of extravagance it works. Those extra details enhance the atmosphere and add a thrill.

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