Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
Posted by Caitie F on March 26, 2013
Summary from goodreads:
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.
I am always a little leary of the second book in a series. So often it feels like it is just set up for the final book in a series. I am so happy to say not only was this book just set up, it was actually even better than the first book in the series.
The characters grew up in their first month in New York City…but not so much that they aren’t still interesting. The girls still tend to think of themselves first, so much so that I wanted to yell at them through the book. That isn’t to say they are unlikable – I love all three of them – they are just 17-19 year-old women who feel like they are at the top of the world. Sometimes they forget about others.
I absolutely love the balance in this book. There is romance – and really great romance, but they aren’t just about finding a man. They have ambitions of their own and those struggles make it a unique story.
Cordelia became my favorite character in this book. She does not let her past mistakes keep her down. She is strong, yet vulnerable at the same time. She also puts herself into some dangerous situations, but it shows that she can’t be cooped up and watched all the time.
This series is so much fun to read. I really need to get the last book and find out how their stories end,