Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Elaine Gass Hirsch
An airy and glamorous historical novel, Beautiful Days is the second book in a new historical fiction series set at the end of the Roaring Twenties by best-selling author Godbersen. The adventures of Cordelia the heiress, Letty the aspiring starlet, and Astrid the socialite, which began in Bright Young Things (HarperCollins, 2010/VOYA Online October 4, 2011), continue with Cordelia and Letty settling into their new lives after moving to New York from a small town in the Midwest and with Astrid engaged to Cordelia's bootlegger brother, Charlie. With the mansions of Long Island and the speakeasies of New York serving as the backdrop, the book is a romantic escape from reality. Godbersen is the author of a similar and popular series of historical fiction for teens, The Luxe, which is set in nineteenth-century Manhattan. A light yet busy story line with enough character development, description, romance, and intrigue to engage readers, Beautiful Days is recommended for teens who enjoy the privileged Gossip Girl style of series fiction. Reviewer: Elaine Gass Hirsch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061962684
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Series: Bright Young Things Series , #2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 803,162
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on the sequel to Bright Young Things.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    the jazz age

    ahh, the 1920s ! This is a decade one can't forget! Fringed Dresses, Flappers, lots of jewels and jazz music that will sure transport a reader back to this time. Love how Anna Godbersen mixes history with a good story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Loved it!

    A fabulous sequel to Bright Young Things. Cleverly answered questions lingering at the end of the first book in the series while adding excitement and adventure. I did not feel it was monotonous, and it was a pleasure to see the characters develop from young girls to working women. Really looking forward to the next book in the series!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Very good follow up of the story and I cannot wait for the third

    Very good follow up of the story and I cannot wait for the third book to come out already!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Enchanting :)

    Like the books before I ,upon opening the book I was imediatly drawn into a world full of speakeasys,booze,and fun loving teens.What I realy loved about this book was the hint of danger.Read this book like the others it will not disapoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Great Follow Up to the First Book!

    The second book in the Bright Young Things series is a breath of fresh air! Typically I read YA / Urban Fantasy work (Cassandra Clare, Chloe Neill, etc.) but I read the first book in this series and had to immediately pick up the second book. What I love most about this book is that it is such an escape from the darker books I usually read, as well as reality. There is a completely different vibe when you aren't worried about vampires eating your favorite character(s). I adore these characters, these young women who are all strong in their own ways. I can relate to Letty well and long to be more carefree like Astrid and able to control my emotions like Cordelia. Read the book... you will want to sneak into a speakeasy, wear beaded gowns and dance the Charleston, no matter your age (if you don't know what the Charleston is, YouTube it!)!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Excellant read!

    If you are into the roaring '20s then this is the book for you! It covers everything from bootlegging to illicit births and even scandals of lust. I highly reccommend it and I can't wait to read the sequel to it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    Hobbitsies Reviews: Stunning and glamourous, wonderful follow-up

    Beautiful Days is an absolutely dazzling book - page after page of glamour and drama. I felt transported to the 1920s whilst reading it. I was Letty, I was Cordelia, I was Astrid - I was wearing sequined dresses and going out to night clubs every night and flying in planes with strange men and getting my heart broken and my hopes crushed and then having them built back up again. Anna Godbersen's writing took me through all these events as if I were experiencing them myself.

    Once again, I find myself reluctantly closing one of Anna Godbersen's books, eagerly anticipating the next book.

    GUYS how freaking eloquent was that? It took me so long to write because all I could think was OH MY GODDD I LOVE THE 1920S I LOVE MUSIC I LOVE SPEAKEASIES AND BOOZE AND FLAPPERS AND CIGARETTE WOMEN AND CORDELIA AND CHARLIE AND ASTRID and etc, you get the point.

    Beautiful Days freaking rocked. Like, better-than-Beautiful-Young-Things type of rocked. Because while I loved Beautiful Young Things, I had trouble remembering what happened several months after reading it(except at the end holy crap). With Beautiful Days? Uh-huh, no chance of that!

    Seriously. Beautiful Days is an amazing follow-up to Bright Young Things and I am on my toes waiting for the next book in this series. Gorgeous writing, gorgeous cover, fantastic characters, badass time period, confusing and realistic (for the time) romance - this book has something for everyone. Go read this series ASAP.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Highly Recommend - Wonderful characters - makes the era come alive !

    I have read all three of the Bright Young things series and can't wait for the next. Two young ladies with nothing but struggle in their futures end up being at the upper class environs. These books take you on their incredible journey. Don't miss this one, but first start with the first in the series for your best enjoyment!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Recommend both #1and#2

    I have truly enjoyed this series so far. Look forward to #3. The characters are so fun. Want to read what happens to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    The next book comes out....

    In November. I cannot wait!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Enjoyed this one too

    Great second book can't wait for the next one. I liked the story andnthe history. Easy, fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    <3

    Great follow up!

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

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    This book really took off! Set in one of my favorite times, Beau

    This book really took off! Set in one of my favorite times, Beautiful Days is great read.

    What I enjoyed most about this book is the plot. Cordelia, Letty, Astrid lives have taken some unexpected turns. I like that in this book the reader still gets each point of view from the girls. Being in their shoes is fantastic. I enjoyed the parties, the clothes, and also the music.

    All of the girls face some hard times in the book. There is also something that starts to form, a woman's movement. Women are becoming more independent. I like that the story is also integrated with real history. It has so many aspects of what it is like to live in that era it's like your really there.

    The love interest for each women played out as expected. Cordelia is learning more about her father and his company that he left heir to her. She is also learning more secrets about her brother and her love of her life. Letty is sort of hanging in the midst. The reader doesn't see much of her. She is great help to Cord and Astrid. And Astrid. This girl got in to so much trouble! Her love is strong but trust has not been built. I am glad though near the end, she learns to trust him.

    Beautiful Days takes one a whole new meaning of beautiful. Striking and highly entertaining, Beautiful Days is moving. The vibrant city and speak easy clubs, it's no wonder it beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    When

    This book was wonderful but when does the next book come out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Cant wait for the next novel!!!

    Anna Godbersen has made it again! Love the 20th century in her rich and deep context....this is one of fee novels people will re-read quite often

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Recommend this book to all, could not put it down, read it in one night!
    I love the glamourous yet scandalous storyline and characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Love.

    I love this book. I couldnt put it down. Its scandalous and exciting. I recomend this book.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Wasnt as good as the first

    Not much meat to it..predictable

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    must read

    headline says it all. i have read now all the books by anna godbersen and i can't wait for the next one

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Continues the tradition of the first book.

    Another well written historical piece of fiction. I can't wait for the 3rd installment, but who knows when that will come as this one was just released.

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