A Sky Painted Gold - a gloriously sun-drenched coming-of-age story for fans of THE GREAT GATSBY

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A Sky Painted Gold - a gloriously sun-drenched coming-of-age story for fans of THE GREAT GATSBY

A Sky Painted Gold - a gloriously sun-drenched coming-of-age story for fans of THE GREAT GATSBY

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This was so, so, so delightful. Freya is possibly one of my favourite protagonists ever - her dramatics are incredibly entertaining, but she's also really sharp and warm, and the way she perceives and interacts with characters like Viola and Nora is so thoughtful and well done (for a modern reader especially). It reminded me a lot of The New Moon With the Old, which I know is obscure as Dodie Smith novels go, but so far Laura Wood is one of the only authors I've come across to capture the same level of charm. How can you not love a book with an opening line like that!? It's warm and sweet and funny, with a delightful romance, although that element is more of a subplot to the main storyline of finding your place in the world. 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. Relationship-wise, family and friendships are key to the story. Lou finds herself thrust into a new world of those who don’t need to work hard to put food on the table and she gains a lot of friends through this. Most notably is the Cardews — who are in town for the Summer to stay at their family’s holiday home. Caitlin and Robert Cardew are like chalk and cheese in terms of personality, with Caitlin being the bubbling socialite (at first glance, anyway) and Robert being the reserved brother but the sibling who gains most of the limelight. Caitlin welcomes Lou with open arms and invites her round almost every day, but her friendship with Robert starts as fairly tremulous. This addictive story is atmospheric and lyrical as it excites and amazes with the lavish parties being thrown and an array of characters with distinct personalities and motives that have you falling in love with them all.

A Sky Painted Gold - a gloriously sun-drenched coming-of-age

A Sky Painted Gold was a joy from start to finish and exactly what I needed after seven agonising weeks in the worst reading slump I’ve ever been in. Wood captures the wonder of the world seen through eighteen-year-old eyes, and in so doing, re-opens my own to the beauty of the world around me. Things like her description of the excitement and majesty of London, make me realise I’ve lost touch with that total awe I felt when I first saw the city… Familiarity breeds contempt, but it doesn’t have to, and books like this are the perfect antidote for a diminishing sense of wonder.Da Vinci’s Tiger tells the story of the girl in the painting. Ginevra Da’ Benci, was one of Leonardo da Vinci’s muses. This book takes place in renaissance Florence, a city filled with the arts thanks to the Medici family. We really venture into what inspired this painting by one of the most intriguing men throughout history. La historia no tiene una trama como tal, solo este verano de ensueño que vive Lou y que ella sabe que se acabará en algún punto. Además, se mezcla con sus propios anhelos y sueños, pues no sabe quién quiere ser o qué quiere ser, entonces también hay un poco de autodescubrimiento y de encontrar la fuerza para luchar por lo que quiere. Exuberantly entertaining, breezily romantic and shimmering with the delicious anticipation of pastures new, this is jubilantly fine fiction in the vein of I Capture the Castle. After reading Under a Dancing Star, Wood immediately became my go-to comfort reads author, and her most recent novel did not disappoint. Set in 1931, we follow Freya as she runs away from her Cornish home to become an actress, touring the UK with a small theatre company. It’s the perfect, snowy, winter read. EDIT: 1.75 stars. it just super was not for me and left a bad taste in my mouth. After this though tell me why I still wanna read this authors other book that is a Much Ado About Nothing retelling 👀

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It's also more of a spin-off than a sequel, so dont worry about not having read A Sky Painted Gold first! Me la he pasado muy bien leyéndolo. Tiene mucha similitud en ambiente con El gran Gatsby, es cierto. También es bastante más light, debo decir. Pero la historia si que me ha gustado y mucho. The romance and 30s slang (lots of "oh this is most wonderful!" And "im in an absolute muddle!") were very twee. (The fact that it was set in the 30s also didnt really seem to have any other effect on the story or characters or aesthetic of the book... but maybe it played a bigger role in A Sky Painted Gold) Sin embargo, lo que ha hecho que no lo llegará a devorar y amar por completo, fue que me faltó algo de profundidad en la relación entre los personajes. Me hubiera gustado que hubiese habido más momentos entre ellos para creerme más la evolución de cada uno, pero el final, aunque es algo previsible, lo he adorado. Laura Wood’s first young adult book is a three-star read for me. This book is a good summer read, and I encourage you to read it this time of the year. We all know that I love an English setting, so this one did it for me in that regard! I don’t think that I have read a book, other than The Great Gatsby, that is set in the 1920s, I think it is an interesting time period and I don’t know much about what was happening in England at this time. The parties in this book were very atmospheric, I wish that I could witness something so grand!

About Laura Wood

I’m keeping this review to a fairly small one owing to the fact that I had an interview with Laura the day after I’d finished where I spoke a fair bit about how much I loved the book! Malheureusement ça n'a pas été un coup de cœur comme pour le premier tome, mais cela n’enlève pas le charme de cette histoire. A Sky Painted Gold is written beautifully, with mesmerising elements throughout where Laura describes everything to the finest details from the rooms’ decorations to the hair styles and makeup. It’s all perfect for the 1920s setting also, and you can really see just how much research Laura has done prior to writing. The finest of details also really help with imagining the story, as it’s full of glorious parties and the descriptions will absolutely make you wish that you could be a part of it all. Yes Laura Wood still gets me like no one else. But I've noticed that it's her descriptions that capture me the most, how she describes clothes and costumes in this book is just breathtakingly beautiful. And scenery, places, people, she captures stuff and writes it down like it's a picture I'm looking at. Amazing stuff. Es en ese tren donde Freya cruza su camino con Kit, un joven aspirante a dramaturgo que está a punto de embarcarse en un tour con la compañía de teatro en la que trabaja. Una oportunidad se abrirá entonces para Freya y, por supuesto, no va a dejarla escapar...



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