Review: Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen

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Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen

5 Stars

Bright Young Things, the first book in this series, did not end with the happiest of storylines. Cordelia, Astrid, and Letty were all dealing with some heartbreaking issues. And while in this book things seem to be looking up for all three girls by the end, it did leave me with a feeling of foreboding, like it’s the calm before the storm. In the first book’s prologue, we’re told that of the three girls, “one would be famous, one would be married, and one would be dead.” While you may think the ending of this book seals their fates, I still can’t be sure. I think Ms. Godbersen is going to surprise me in the end.

We got lots of Charlie and Astrid drama in this book. A volatile relationship, that one. One minute they’re so happy together, the other they’re at each other’s throats. I have to admit, Charlie scares me sometimes. He’s like a time-bomb.

Cordelia is trying hard to move on after Thom Hale destroyed her heart. She finally has a run in with the trick pilot she rescued at the end of the first book, Max Darby. He was hard to figure out!! But I admit to being as intrigued by him as Cord was. And Thom Hale is still in the picture somehow, but I don’t know what to make of him right now. I feel like he’s just a victim of circumstance, but maybe I just want him to be a good guy.

Now, Letty…oh, my poor Letty. She worries me the most. I think it’s because she gets so low when she’s down. And she’s just so naive sometimes! I really hope she doesn’t end up getting herself into anything bad. Also, I kind of wish things would’ve turned out differently with Grady.

When I read Bright Young Things last year, I fell in love. I fell for the characters, the time period, the story…and now it has happened again. To say this series sweeps me away would be an understatement. I am gone. Totally enthralled.

Book Info

Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
Series: Bright Young Things #2
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: September 20th 2011
Pages: 358
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: HistoricalRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

35 Responses to “Review: Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen”

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    Jan von Harz

    Once again your passion for a book shines through. I have wanted to read the first book in this series for a while as I adore the setting. Now I really need to get it along with the sequel. Thanks for another great giveaway too.

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    I loved book 1! You gave such teasers for the 2nd book. I can’t wait to read it! I want Thom to be a good guy too! I really felt the sparks between him and Cord in book 1.

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    I absolutely loved the Luxe series. I have the first one for “free” on my kindle, although I have the book in my library too. I’m dying to get started on this series — and having the second one would get me going! Great review! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    This is one series that I am really, really looking forward too! I haven’t read Beautiful Days yet; i was kind of waiting to read the two together! (How many books will there be total?)

    I have been meaning to tell you, I just adore your reviews. If you recommend a book it’s almost a guarantee that I will love it; and your passion for the books really shows in your reviews. 

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    Diana @The Lovely Getaway

    Truth time- I have yet to read anything from Mrs. Anna G. I know what your thinking, “WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU!?” *lowers head in shame*

    I’ve heard so many good things about the Luxe series, but I just haven’t had time to go out and buy book one. Hopefully that changes soon. Thanks so much for this giveaway :) very kind of you!


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      Diana @The Lovely Getaway

      ps. downloading BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS as we speak! thanks so much for the link :)

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    I had no idea the first book is currently free! I’m going to go download it. It makes me excited that your review for this series is so positive. I can’t wait to start reading it now. Thanks for the giveaway as well!

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    Jason Tree

    I still have to read Bright Young Things *le shigh* It’s on the list! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    Ashley Olivero

    Take 2:

    I still have to read Bright Young Things *le shigh* It’s on the list! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    Racquel (A Book Barbie)

    I saw the first book on kindle for free so I was happy for the freebie but I haven’t actually read it yet. I’m getting around to it though because I always crave that good historical book every once in a while and I know this will satisfy so I’m glad you also liked it:D

    -thank you&come again.

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    Wow! I almost forgot about Thom Hale. I wish there was more of him in this book since I really did like the role he played in BYT. Hmmm. Maybe more in the following books.

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    I’ve heard so many awesome things about this series. I have the first one, but I haven’t read it yet. I should really get to it after reading about how much you loved the first one and this one!

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    Kristi S.

    I’m reading the first one right now on my Kindle. Interested to see where the series goes. Great giveaway :)

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    Aneesa V

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

    The first book in the series has on my TBR for a while now but I haven’t had the chance to get round to reading it yet. Your review is great so I might just bump it to the top of the list!


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    Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    “one would be famous, one would be married, and one would be dead.”-that is what really got me into wanting to read Bright Young Things! Along with the time period that is! Great review Jess! Glad to see you enjoyed it! 

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    Diana Giote

    I haven’t heard for this series before. I’m going to download the first. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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    Joanna W.

    Great Review! I am SO axious to read this book. I adored BYT, and was also totally sweep away by the time period–just like I was with Godbersen’s Luxe series. Your review has made me ancy to want to know about Astrid & Charlie’s spats, how Max Darby plays more a part in Cord’s life, and what’s the thing you wish turned out differently between Grady & Letty. Aww… the anticipation, it can be a killer!

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    JJ iReads

    I love your review. I’ve never read anything by Anna Godbersen so I’m looking forward to this being my first. Thanks for the giveaway. New follower BTW.

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    Such a beautiful cover! <3 I haven't read the first in this series yet, but I've read her Luxe series and it was fantastic. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Great review. I love the cover of Bright Young things. The first book is high on my trl and want the second one to read straight after :)

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