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Review: Beautiful days by Anna Godbersen

Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
Published by Razorbill
Series: Bright Young Things #2
Source: Review Copy

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.
Beautiful Days is the second in the Bright Young Things series. While I enjoyed the first book I thought this instalment was much more engaging and I enjoyed it all the more for it.

This book picks up where the first one left of and continues to follow the stories of the three main girls and all the different things they go off and do. I love how the book entertains the reader by following these girls and at the same time gives them a real insight and feel of the time it is set in complete with all the glitz, glamour and danger that surrounded the mob gangs and speakeasies of 1920s America.

I loved seeing how each of the characters progressed and changed as the book went on. I loved the storyline with Astrid as you see her adjust from party girl to housewife. I loved seeing how she was torn being the two different roles and found some of her scenes to be the funniest in the book especially the one where she attempted to cook for Charlie. Cordelia comes into her own in this book taking her place in the Grey family and helping to run the newest club in town whilst being the centre of attention in the gossip columns. Letty's story in this is also brilliant and a bit of a roller coaster ride as we see her battling on to achieve her ambition to be on Broadway.

As with the first book there are sections where the story goes along quite slowly giving the reader time to get to know the characters well but when the action does finally kick of you find yourself glued to every word and needing to know what is going to happen next.

All in all a fantastic sequel to a cracking series which I am continuing to enjoy. Counting down to book three already.


Annette Mills said…
So glad to hear this is good. I want this one badly! Great review.
bbbb said…
I really want to prove this series!
But first I have to finished "The Luxe" series :S
I'm looking forward to this one, but I haven't gotten the first book yet, whoops!