The Compulsive Reader: Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen

In the summer of 1929, Cordelia Grey is still suffering from grief over the loss of her recently re-discovered father, and the guilt on her inadvertent role in his death. She's eager to prove that she has what it takes to be a Grey to her brother Charlie. Letty Larkspur is reunited with her best friend, but dreams of the stage still entertain her thoughts, and she's not sure her long-time friend really values her anymore now that she has found her family. And there is nothing Astrid Donal would like more than to become Mrs. Grey, even if that doesn't seem to be what Charlie wants. Is she really ready to settle down and become mistress of Dogwood? Will each girl have the strength and courage to pull through and get what they really want as the Greys and Hales are preparing for war?

Like the prequel, Bright Young Things, and the books from her previous Luxe series, Godbersen has crafted yet another fast-paced book with alternating narratives, strong, interesting characters, and the most intriguing drama. Cordelia is so bent on proving herself and seeming like a strong, capable woman in front of her new love interest, Max Darby, that she pushes Letty away. Letty is feeling naive and out of place, but rejection only makes her more determined to succeed—no matter what the cost, at the risk of losing her friends. And Astrid has always appeared to be carefree and self-assured, but her relationship issues with Charlie confuse her, and in reality, she isn't really sure what she wants. All of these issues, nestled between the politics of the bootlegging business and the conflict between Cordelia's family and the family that killed her father, make for an intriguing, dangerous read. At time the girls' consciences do prickle a little, but they are easy to ignore in favor of the tantalizing pull of romance and glamour—something that will surely come back to haunt them later on. Beautiful Days is an entertaining, glittering read in which the stakes are raised, and the ending leaves you hanging with the certainty that something big is bound to happen in the third book, Lucky Ones.

Cover Comments: I love all of the pretty dresses on the covers of Anna Godbersen's books! While I don't think this one is as magnificent as some of her previous covers, I like the detail! So pretty!

Review copy purchased.


Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I think I'm going to read Bright Young things next, lol I keep putting it off, But now I'm pumped for it because I wanna get to this book.

Fab review!

San said...

I am in my forty's and had no idea this book was written for teens! I found out when I went to the library to order the sequels. Though it may have been geared toward teens, it is a very good read for any female to view the history of women and love. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of "The Lucky Ones" :)