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One Will Be Married, One Will Be Famous, and One Will Be Dead: A review of the Lucky Ones by Anna Godbersen


“In 1929, the Bright Young Things escape Manhattan’s heat for the lush lawns and sparkling bays of White Cove, looking for leisure, love, and luck.

New York City’s latest It Girl, Cordelia Grey, is flying high with celebrity pilot Max Darby. But Max is a private person with a reputation to uphold—and a secret to hide. A public romance with a bootlegger’s daughter could cost him more than just his good name. . . .

Aspiring triple threat Letty Larkspur has finally gotten her big break, but will her talent—and special bond with the married silver-screen star Valentine O’Dell—make her a target in the cutthroat world of Hollywood? Perhaps the ingenue knows how to play the leading lady after all.

Newly married to her longtime sweetheart, socialite Astrid Donal finds herself spending more time with one of her husband’s henchmen than with him. With so many secrets between man and wife, is the honeymoon already coming to an end?

As summer reaches its hottest peak, these sun-kissed girls will find out if their luck can last . . . or if dark surprises are on the horizon.”

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Pages: 373

Genre: Romance/Historical Fiction

Publication Date: November, 2012

My Rating: 5 stars

For those who read the first book of the Bright Young Things series, we were promised that by the end of the summer, one of the girls would be married, one of them would be famous, and one of them would be dead. Also, you realized that this opening to the novel was narrated by an unknown narrator. And if you’re like me, over the three books, you forgot all about this promise and all about this narrator. Well, in this conclusion to the amazing Bright Young Things series by Anna Godbersen, that promise is fulfilled and the narrator is revealed.

At first, The Lucky Ones is slow and boring at times. New characters are introduced, new romances are introduced, and it all seemed like just another book in a series; definitely not like a finale. It took me a couple of weeks to get through the first 200 pages, but after that, I madly rushed through the pages.

This conclusion is amazing and well-crafted. It is even better than the Luxe finale (for those of you who have read the Luxe series) which is saying something. The characters are well-developed, the plot amazing, and the writing. Oh, gosh, I could go on all day about Anna Godbersen’s writing. It is so beautiful. Every word, every sentence, conveys a sense of beauty. Her writing is so beautifully crafted that I want to rip a page off of one of her books and frame it.

As I said before, the promise was fulfilled, but I think many of you will surprised. Personally, I saw the “one will be dead” as a sort of threat. Like one of them will die in a horrible, tragic way. And although it is not particularly horrible, it is tragic. But it is more romantic than tragic and horrible. Not romantic in a Romeo and Juliet sense, but romantic anyway. I actually liked the way this character was killed off.

And as like with all of Anna Godbersen’s conclusions to a series, it is bitter sweet. Not every thread is tied, not every problem resolved, not everyone gets their happy ending. A particular good-looking boy ends up broken-hearted, a couple is heavily damaged by the market crash of 1929, and, of course, someone dies. I don’t see these things as imperfections in the book, but more as Anna’s style. She’s not the usual story teller that gives the reader the typical and-everyone-lived-happily-ever-after ending. No, she gives you a true, bitter sweet ending; an ending where not everything is resolved; an ending where there is grief, but there is also hope. This is why I love Anna Godbersen.

One thing that confused me was the identity of the mysterious narrator. I wasn’t particularly shocked but it made me wonder, why this person? Why? Why is this person telling their stories? Oh, and at the end, we get a visit from an old character most people have forgotten about.

The Lucky Ones was filled with intrigue, beauty, and romance. The last book in the trilogy about the last summer of the Jazz Age was not only the best book in the series, but probably Anna Godbersen’s best book to date. Although I am sad to see this series end, I am glad she didn’t extend it like other author’s would’ve had (*cough* Sara Shepard *cough*). I will forever hold this series in my heart and I will look forward to Godbersen’s next series.

-MS

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