By Anna Godbersen
For the intense younger issues of 1929, the attractive days appear never-ending, packed with romance and heartbreak, event and intrigue, friendship and competition. After a month in long island, Cordelia gray and Letty Larkspur are small-town ladies not. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal on the Greys’ lush manhattan property and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling city. yet Letty’s no longer content material to be a trifling socialite. She is prepared ultimately to chase her Broadway dreams—no subject the price. Cordelia continues to be reeling from the dying of her father by the hands of Thom Hale, the fellow she notion she enjoyed. Now she is determined to honor Darius Grey’s legacy . . . and take her revenge. Promised to Cordelia’s part brother, Astrid is stuck up in a global of brilliant jewels and glittering nights—and the glint is blinding. Charlie gray is a gangster taking part in a perilous video game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes should be lethal. From the recent York instances bestselling writer of The Luxe comes the second one publication in an epic sequence set within the dizzying final summer time of the Jazz Age.
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These were differences that Astrid Donal, riding home to Marsh Hall in one of the Greys’ Daimlers, had been trained to see from a young age but chose not to notice. She could be perceptive, and in three years at Miss Porter’s, her boarding school in Farmington, Connecticut, she had proved that she could be a good student when she put her mind to it. But among her other talents were forgetting what she did not like and ignoring what she preferred not to see. As the car sped along the road that ran by the water, she let her eyes close, breathing in the salty air, and did not even bother to open them when the car swerved and went up the gravel drive toward the house.
An open pack of cigarettes sat on a small antique-looking table, and she reached down and drew one out along with a match from the matchbox that lay beside it. Smoking would never have been allowed in her aunt Ida’s house, where she grew up, and probably would have earned her a slap across the face and a sermon about the grim ends that awaited girls who indulged such a filthy habit. But here no one cared and Cordelia had developed a taste for it. Especially when she was nervous, which she sometimes was around Charlie.
He was wearing an undershirt, darkened in places by sweat, and he was trying not to look at the girls in their revealing suits. Astrid was Charlie Grey’s fiancée; no one would want to be accused of staring at his girl when she wasn’t wearing much clothing. ” She smiled at him, trying to remember his name. ” He smiled back, and she realized that he wasn’t truly afraid, and that he was taking as much pleasure in the long July day as she was. Charlie’s gang had the run of the place—there were always men who worked for her brother in one capacity or another walking the lawns, guarding the gate, smoking around the card table, or sleeping in the attic—but she didn’t mind.
Beautiful Days: A Bright Young Things Novel by Anna Godbersen