A Sky Painted Gold


Lou is drawn into the brilliance of the Cardew society. It’s a world that begins at dusk and closes at midday. There are endless possibilities, parties, people and great chinks within ‘A Sky Painted Gold’. Lou becomes central to this world, and party to the secrets and sadnesses. Can she hold her own, maintain her family ties, beliefs and dreams?

It is a tough call. Jam on homemade bread is very different from canapés. Home made dresses cannot compete with those fitted by a personal couturier. Lou is swayed by the attention lavished on her, and curious at the brittle facade she realises encases this group.

Why is Lady Caitlin Cardew so restless and unhappy? Why does her brother, Lord Robert, indulge her? What is the secret of his engagement with the seemingly ambivalent Laurie?

‘A Sky Painted Gold’ is rich in a post- war nostalgia. It is reminiscent of ‘I Capture the Castle’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’. This is the sort of book I’d have walked on glass to get hold of and then read and reread and treasured.


A Sky Painted Gold

Laura Wood


A Sky Painted Gold seems to be the glorious life of the Cardew family. Lou muses upon them, especially when her older sister marries leaving her lost for purpose. At that point, Lou’s fascination becomes a reality for the family return to their Cornish manor. Furthermore, they seem to have a reciprocal fascination with Lou, for they draw her into their society and London ways.
Surely Lou change as a result of this attention. Could Lou’s naïve attention cut through Lady Caitlin Cardew’s brittle attitude? While Lou is bedazzle by the brilliant parties and company, nothing excites Lady Caitlin. What does canapé society want with a girl raised on homemade bread and jam? Moreover, why does Lord Robert Cardew protect Caitlin, while holding onto a seemingly loveless engagement?
Laura Wood’s books spin us on an enchanting dance. Just as we are enthralled by Beatrice’s situation in Under a Dancing Star we are captivated by Lou’s magnetism to and by the Cardews. Thereafter, we wonder how she hopes to fit in, respected, and return from their attention unscathed? This seems to be a society seeking escapism and entertainment. How can Laurie appear so indifferent to her engagement to Lord Robert? Does Lou really want to be part of ‘A Sky Painted Gold’?


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