I have to find a way to write this review without spoiling EVERYTHING. When a person (say me) loves something so much, they (say me) just want to talk and talk and talk about it. One thing I love SO much about Anna Godbersen's Bright Young Things series is the time period. I adore anything and everything to do with the Jazz Era. This era was a huge turning point for the world. It seems like everything got a little bit more risky and frisky and everything wicked in between.
The ending of Bright Young Things left my heart in shreds and I was so elated to have Beautiful Days to read right after. Once again, Godbersen captures the essence of the 1920's in such a beautiful way. The setting came alive from page to page and I could picture myself in the plot. Wow, not every day can I say an author truly took me somewhere. Godberson, with Beautiful Days, took me to a place that was full of hope, heart, loss, love, angst, and everything else. My heart swelled. My heart soared. My heart broke. My heart shattered. Finally, my heart was renewed with a passion for reading.
Beautiful Days is a movie within a book. Every scene and every character flashed across my mind like a movie. Godbersen's insane attention to detail brought everything to life and gave each aspect a grand role.
The three main characters: Cordelia, Astrid, and Letty are unique and loveable. I've become quite attached to all three of these girls. I love that each one of them is a star in this series. They each have equal mentions, and not one (over the other) takes precedence. Godbersen devotes the proper amount of words to each girl. The readers know that each one is important for the series to move along; and with each new book these girls are more developed and more loveable.
I cannot wait for the next book. I know my heart will break, but I also know I will fall even more in love with this series. Do yourself a favor and pick up a beautiful book called Beautiful Days.
For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.
After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys’ lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling metropolis. But Letty’s not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams—no matter the cost.
Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved. Now she is set to honor Darius Grey’s legacy . . . and take her revenge.
Promised to Cordelia’s half brother, Astrid is caught up in a world of dazzling jewels and glittering nights—and the sparkle is blinding. Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes the second book in an epic series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.