October 02, 2010

This October, travel back in time...

Seeing as I am reading Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen at the moment and am enjoying it so much I thought that I would do some time travelling.

This October, travel back in time with the bestselling novels by Anna Godbersen.

Based on the lives of real girls who lived in these era's, Bright Young Things and The Luxe is a look into the culture of the Turn of the Century Manhattan and The Last Summer of the Roaring Twenties in New York. 
Bright Young Things
1. Bright Young Things
2. Beautiful Days (coming soon)
The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.
Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star. . . .
Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will.
The only person Cordelia can trust is ­Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.
Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the ­illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.
 The Luxe
 1. The Luxe
2. Rumors
3. Envy
4. Splendor
Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.
Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.
With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...
In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

One of my favourite songs, perfect to put you in the mood for reading Bright Young things,
the (coincidentally) suitably named In the Mood by Glenn Miller.

So for this month, travel to the turn of the century and to the Roaring Twenties with characters that come alive on the page as you are sucked in to reading more and more until there is no more.

For more information on books by Anna Godbersen, click here


brave chickens said...

I'm reading Bright Young Things currently. I don't find the new series as engaging as The Luxe series, although the historical aspect is still fascinating :)

Anna said...

i'd like to read them. i love historical books.

Ismé said...

I have the Luxe and I have started reading it but I just find Bright Young Things (which I'm nearly finished) really engaging and fascinating.

The Book Slooth

Mely said...

i absolutely love the luxe books.
i'm only half way through. i find penelope to be my favorite character & diana my least favorite.

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