A Sky Painted Gold

A Sky Painted Gold is released today! (5th July 2018) and I urge you to pick it up! I nabbed an ARC at the NYALitFest purely based on the pretty cover, of which the final copy ended up being even more stunning! See my bookstagram pic for the ARC cover.

This book is a coming of age story based around a teenage girl in the late 1920s, in the UK, who feels like she is a meer shadow of her sister. As her sister gets engaged she feels like they are drifting further apart and withdraws into herself, not knowing who she is alone. In withdrawing she ends up escaping frequently to the abandoned house, left by a rich brother and sister after their father passed away. This is, until the siblings return to the house.

Lou manages to get herself tangled up in the 1920s party scene, and is fully enjoying herself. However, her family keep reminding her that this is unlikely to last, and Lou has no delusions of this. This bittersweet reality nags at her and alters her actions and her perception of those around her.

This is an absolutely lovely book, and it has made me want to read more literature based in this era as it was so enjoyable. Lou is relatable and very realistic, and the other characters all seem to have an etheral and “above it all” feeling to them which is very appropriate for the storyline. Laura Wood does use the cliche of “releasing a breath she didn’t know she had taken”, which did take me out of the story a little. However, other than that I can’t really find any faults to the story. I have rated it 4/5 on Goodreads but I can’t really think of a reason that it doesn’t have 5* from me. Possible I will change that in the future after more deliberation.

This is such a unique and engrossing story and I would absolutely love to return to these characters. I’ll be picking up Laura Wood’s next release for sure!

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