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.
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