Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Title: The Luxe
Book #: 1st in The Luxe Series
Author: Anna Godbersen
Pages: 433

Publisher: Harper Collins
Tags: Historical Fiction, Love, Conduct of Life, Social Classes, Wealth, Manhattan, NY.
Age Group: Young Adult

Overall Rating:

"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."

Synopsis: 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...

The Luxe was truly a fascinating read. The story opens in 1899 with the funeral of Elizabeth Holland, a well-bred beauty said to have plunged to her death in the Hudson River. The book then travels back several weeks, tracing the relationships and events that have led to Elizabeth's death.

The revolves around the life of Elizabeth & Diana Holland. They are two very different people. One is truly a prim and proper lady and the other a big flirt, tom boyish, and eccentric . Their family is going broke after the death of their father and left in debt. After Henry Schoonmaker asks Elizabeth to be his wife she accepts with the purpose to save their lives from financial ruin, but is upset to give up Will, the guy she truly loves. Henry himself agrees to marry Elizabeth only so he will not be disinherited of his father’s fortune. All ending up in a gossip, jealousy, humor, scandal, and mystery.

I'm happy to say, I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were interesting and well-developed with different character traits that brought lots of humor to the book. I did although, didn't like Penelope she always sounded annoying and selfish. The writing was very detailed, interesting without flaws. The overall concept of the book makes it appealing and fun to read. I'd like to give it 5 stars, but I can't sugar coat it. I will say I loved it, but I can't say it was amazing.







choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Nice review :)

I enjoyed Luxe too. Looking forward to reading Splendor!

Lizzy said...

I haven't read this book/series, but I adore the covers! I'm going to have to add this one to the list