Recipe and Review: Beautiful Days

Posted on June 26th, 2013 in Book Review, Food, Recipe and Review




Beautiful Days, the second novel in the Bright Young Things trilogy by Anna Godbersen, is set in the Prohibition age and features three girls: Cordelia, a bootlegger’s daughter taking over the family business and her best friend Astrid, a flapper party girl who is engaged to her brother and Letty, a small-town girl dreaming of being a star and as rich and famous as her friends.


While the first novel, Bright Young Things, delved more  into the world of Cordelia and Letty escaping their small town for the glittering world of speakeasies and fancy Long Island parties, Beautiful Days focuses more on Astrid and Charlie, Cordelia’s bootlegger brother’s relationship and Cordelia’s foray into the family business.  Letty’s showbiz dreams were a main focus of the first novel but are more of a subplot in this one, as we learn more about Astrid’s relationship with her superficial mother and her reluctance to be a wife at home instead of out at the bars and dancing on stages.  The author’s description of the clothing really makes the novel and paints a gorgeous  picture of the  jazzy world the girls live in.



Photo and recipe courtesy of Pioneer Woman


And what would a fun and flippant book be without something as sweet and sinful to accompany it?  Why not a piece of the Pioneer Woman’s rum cake?


I’ll take two, please.


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13 Responses to “Recipe and Review: Beautiful Days”

  1. Cafe Fashionista Says:

    What a great book and recipe combo. I LOVE Anna Godbersen! :)

  2. Britton Says:

    That cake looks sooooo good! I’m a fan of rum…AND cake so that combination…I could enjoy! Stopping in from SITS!

  3. Erica Says:

    I love pioneer woman! I get to the gym early on Mondays (before I teach) so I can get on the elliptical and watch her :)

  4. Krysten Says:

    I totally need to check out that series.

  5. Channon Says:

    My reading list just got a series longer!!

  6. Charlotte Says:

    I’ll take two as well. And that series sounds awesome. Thanks, Ducky!

  7. gloria Says:

    The book sounds amazing and the cake too Duckie:)

  8. Natasha Says:

    I’ve heard about this series. I’m definitely going to start reading it and that cake looks scrumptious!

  9. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking Says:

    Oh that rum cake looks so delicious!!

  10. Akaleistar Says:

    Sounds like a great book, and that cake looks amazing!

  11. Reeni Says:

    Love the sound of this book and rum cake too! It’s not often you see one set in this time period.

  12. Petty Witter Says:

    Reading very mixed reviews of this one, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  13. Jeff @ Cheeseburger Says:

    Wow, this rum cake looks good. I can’t wait to try this one.

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