For a fluffy, soap opera read, it excels. If you want something more accurate or nuanced, look elsewhere. Much has happened in the aftermath of the last book, but Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur, and Astrid Donal are the best of friends. They spend their days lazily sunning themselves and their nights out on the town.
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Publication Date: September 20, 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.
Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly. Around this time alcohol was prohibited, gangsters provided illegal liquor to speakeasies, places where people could purchase illegal alcohol, and women were becoming flappers, a type of women who wore short skirts, bobbed hair, and acted in a way that was unacceptable back then. Cordelia and Letty left their small Ohio town known as the Union for the glittering city of New York.
Weeks after their arrival, the girls have left their past behind and are ready for their future. Cordelia goes from loving Thom Hale to loathing him in a snap. Now all Cordelia want is revenge, and when Charlie tells her the perfect way to get even with the Hales by opening a new speakeasy, making sure they go out of the bootlegging business.
Being the long-lost daughter of the late bootlegger, Cordelia is quite a celebrity, she knows that, and she also knows that people are dying to get a look at her, therefore the success of the speakeasy is almost guaranteed. As the opening night of the speakeasy grows closer, Cordelia becomes a bit distracted as her romance with famous pilot Max Darby. She is proved wrong, though, when he takes her to meet his mother, a black woman, and she realizes that if anyone ever finds out who his mother is, his carrier could be ruined.
Letty lakspur was fired from her old job as a ciggarette girl, kicked out of her apartment, and her heart broke when she saw that the man she had fallen for, Grady Lodge, an aspiring writer, was with another woman, but she still faces the world with a dazzling smile.
Astrid Donal, who has become a good friend of Letty, tells her that it is better if she becomes better by her own work, not by the help of a friend. With those words of encouragement fresh in her mind, Letty goes to audition to be a choir girl, a job she gets. Letty is excited to start her new job! After her performance, Letty is approached by a famous actor who offers to mentor her, an offer Letty accepts. Astrid is engaged to Charlie and she loves him, but ever since his plans of revenge toward the Hales started, he has been home less and less.
After countless arguments, Astrid and Charlie break their engament. Charlie finds out of this and saves her. It developed very smoothly, just like her other ones. In Beautiful Days, though, she does and does it so perfectly that I felt as if I was living inside that world, going out to parties with Astrid, preparing the speakeasy with Cordelia, and dreaming along with Letty.
All the characters were well-developed and likeable, but I found myself becoming more attached to Letty than any of the others, because Letty is more innocent and humble than the others. She dreams big, and although she is a bit self-councious, she knows she can make them come true. I love the way Letty speaks, she speaks in a charming and elegant way like the other girls, yet there is a childish and silly hint to it.
I loved Letty so much that if she was somehow hurt, emotionally or physically, I felt it too. I hope that in the future Letty remains this way. I loved the way the charcters spoke. Each time I read an Anna Godbersen book, whether it takes place in the s or the s, I fall in love with the dialogue, just as I did with the dialogue of Beautiful Days.
Godbersen has written yet another great novel. Her writing is charming, beautiful, and elegant. The way she writes is elegant and similar to the way people wrote back then, yet it is easy to comprehend. Godbersen managed to pack a huge story into a mere pages. If you like books with romance, friendship, rivalry, and not much action, then I would recommend you to read Beautiful Days!
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