Please note that this is the thrid and final book of the Bright Young Things trilogy. Starting where Beautiful Days leaves off, this book continues the stories of Astrid, Cordelia and Letty in the everyday struggles of their glamourous lives as up and coming stars and bootleggers. Astrid is questioning her hasty marriage to Charlie Grey, as she grows more and more attracted to her bodyguard. After a horrific event leaves her reeling she has to face both men in her life, and make choices that could possibly leave one of them dead. Cordelia is struggling to manage her new speakeasy, and when her rival Thom Hale gives her an offer she can not resist, will she choose him or stay with her new beau Max who is facing criticism for dating a bootleggers daughter. Letty is finally realizing how glorious stardom is, but at what price? How far will she go to have the man of her dreams and the part she was born to play?
This book was so good. With a great undercurrent of danger and suspense and romance this book was a perfect historical fiction novel in my opinion. Using two small town girls from Ohio as some of the main characters was such a glorious way to write this fairytale of a story. These girls traveled to New York, and gained fame and fortune, but not without hardships and downfalls. The author uses the glitz and glamour of New York in the 1920's to create a story full of intrigue and mystery. These girls are a romantisized version of a fantasy that has been written time and time again, with something that sets them apart from the rest of the books about the 20's. The way that you were drawn into their lives and their stories made me never want to put this book down, I wanted it to never end, and that's why I think it deserves a five star rating, because even though I was disappointed it ended, I could not have been happier with the way it ended, or the way it began, or everything in between.