Monday, January 17, 2011

Book Review: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

New York, 1929. It is the last summer of the Roaring Twenties, when everything was bright, frivilous, and fun.

When Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur step off the train from Ohio in Union Station, they are full of hope and dreams full of bright lights, moonlit parties that last til dawn, and fame. Best friends since childhood, Letty knows she's destined to be a star of the stage and motherless Cordelia has always known she's too big and bright for the small town wedding (and husband) she's running from.

But dreams don't always come true easily. When Letty discovers that Cordelia's real reason for traveling to New York is not to help make her a star, but to find her long-lost father, a fierce argument drives the friends apart, perhaps forever. Letty lucks into a job in a speakeasy frequented by New York's elite and hopes her magical voice will catch the eye of a big name in show business. Cordelia hitchhikes to White Cove, where the rich live and play on the shore of Long Island, and home to the infamous Darius Grey, an enormously wealthy bootlegger and, Cordelia believes, her father. Darius also has a son, Charlie, who is dating the lovely, languid flapper Astrid Donal, who takes her boyfriend's long-lost sister under her wing.

White Cove is also home to Darius Grey's archrival Duluth Hale and his son, Thom. Instantly drawn to the gorgeous playboy she meets when Astrid takes her to lunch at the country club, Cordelia must decide if she's willing to risk her fragile new future as the daughter of Darius Grey for a star-crossed love affair. Darius and Charlie forbid her to have anything to do with Thom, but Cordelia knows he would never double-cross her - would he?

Glamorous, decadent, delicious and thrilling, the first in Luxe author Anna Godberson's new series is the very best kind of cotton candy for your brain. As Cordelia, Letty, and Astrid's fortunes rise and fall and ambition and fate bring them together, you'll revel in the lush dresses, sparkling gems, glittering parties, and the gorgeous boys sweeping them off their feet at every turn.

Look for the next Bright Young Things book, Beautiful Days, in the fall. And while you're waiting check out Anna Godbersen's website for more flapper fun!

Megan
(who now really can't wait for Romeo + Juliet and Australia director Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of The Great Gatsby!)

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