I read it all in one Sunday afternoon, and ever since, I've been walking around in a happy glow. It was everything I wanted and more.
The Book (from Amazon)
It was never much of an issue for Bess: living contentedly on her family's farm, despite the Depression which loomed around them. But when her older sister Georgiana takes off to New York City to make a fortune and help Papa out, feelings of adventure and wanderlust strike Bess at home. Through their lively letter correspondence, the sisters recount to one another their adventures, surprises, and heartaches, leaving little room for depression. For in a world of such wonder, ain't we got fun?
Both sets of letters are equally dear. It's one of those split POVs that works to a charm. Georgiana and Bess are quite different--one spunky and independent trying to make her way in New York, the other with an endearing love for the people and places she's always known. In spite of their differences, their sisterly connection and love for each other forms a common bond.
Ain't We Got Fun has a tight plot, engaging characters, and a beautiful story of growth and adventure. I think what I love most is how all the plot points have a simple familiarity that combines to make a beautiful whole. Their writing makes me think of Louisa May Alcott in many respects (rather fun, because the Little Women theme is a common one). They write with a faithfulness to what the genre and the time period require, and the talent of their creativity shows more and more as the story goes on. With every letter I was like "Yes! Yes! It's so delightful and homey and fun, exactly like I thought and hoped it would be."
The romance is light and sweet and entirely appropriate. Each sister has a beau, equally different according to their personalities. I loved Willoughby and Georgiana with the Broadway shows and ice skating, and Tom and Bess holding down the home fort with dances and pancakes and hair ribbons.
It was a story I felt intimately at home in. As if I was welcomed into their little world and could watch it unfolding and rejoice in all the things that happened along the way. I'm definitely going to read it again, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a relaxing story of family and light romance. Bravo, ladies, on an excellent piece of plotting, characterization, and cover design! I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I hope you collaborate again in future!