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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Book Review: Beautiful Wild by Anna Godbersen

Beautiful Wild by Anna Godbersen
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Historical Romance)
Date Published: November 3, 2020
Publisher: HarperTeen

You are invited to set sail on the maiden voyage of the SS Princess of the Pacific in this indulgent historical romance from Anna Godbersen, the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe series.

High society intrigue and deliciously shocking scandals meet a gripping fight for survival in this sweeping romance, sure to thrill fans of Kiera Cass and Katie McGee.

Vida Hazzard can see her future: aboard the heralded “Millionaire’s Ship of the West,” she’ll charm the young scion Fitzhugh Farrar, resulting in a proposal of marriage.

But Vida didn’t plan on Fitz’s best friend Sal, a rough-around-the-edges boy with a talent for getting under her skin. Nor did she anticipate a hurricane dashing their ship to pieces, along with her dreams.

Stranded on an island with both Fitz and Sal, Vida is torn between the life she’s always planned for, and a future she’s never dared to want. As they desperately plot a course for home, Vida will discover just which boy can capture her wild heart—and where her future truly lies.

Beautiful Wild by Anna Godbersen introduced us to Vida, who I liked quite a bit. Vida had all these ideals of how her life would be, and she went about reaching her goals her own way.. even if it meant the people would start talking. She wasn't a wild girl. She didn't set traps to obtain a husband. She was just.. a normal girl really. But, people of this time have expectations for behavior and what not, and Vida was just a smidge on the more carefree side of those expectations. She was fun!  Survival on the island took Vida out of her perfectly planned life and placed her someplace completely out of her comfort zone, and let me tell you... she thrived. This changed her forever. As it would anyone, I'd imagine. Only now, her perfect life may look a little different. I loved the journeys in this story... the literal journey on the ship that felt a bit like the Titanic, to the Island and back home again. I also loved Vida's internal journey of finding herself and what she's truly capable of. The Vida before was quite a bit different than the Vida after, and I enjoyed watching her figure things out. 
I haven't read an Anna Godbersen book in a while, and I was long overdue! This was a good one!

Anna Godbersen is the author of the New York Times bestselling Luxe series. She was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

To learn more about Anna Godbersen and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Goodreads and Twitter.

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