Books I've Read

The Luxe | Anna Godbersen

The LuxeBarnes and Noble Overview

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.

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, someone wanted to see Manhattan’s most celebrated daughter disappear…

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

I loved this book. It took me a while to read it, I had actually started reading this back in October of last year but ended up putting it on the backburner for obviously a while only because there were other books I felt I needed to read first. But this was good stuff. I absolutely love anything that is set in a “historical” fashion. The idea of women having to behave themselves and act like ladies… let’s just say if I could I would want to live in that era. Only I would probably end up being a maid in those times… and would possibly still hate life. lol.

There was no pleasure like being envied on a mass scale.

If you have ever watched Gossip Girl, notice how I said watched because I have yet to read the books, but this book reminded me so much of it. The gossip in the papers, the scandals of the elite, and the secrecy of those lives you think you know so well. It just sucks you up and you want to know what could a beautiful girl like Elizabeth Holland have to hide of her family and friends. I’m sad to say that I hate love the shallowness of these girls. It makes for good gossip in the society pages of the paper. lol.

She should have know that villains often come with pretty faces.

I don’t want to give too much of the book away, because I feel like if I told one detail of the book you could figure out the rest. But what does one person do when the fate of their family name depends on the actions she has to take to make sure that everyone she loves, is taken care of? Do you do nothing and let fate take its course… or do you do the unexpected to secure the life that you have now. Even if it means losing what your heart loves most. Would you let your social status control your life?

Her secrets: that her family was poor, that she was in love with a servant, and that she was a selfish girl likely to ruin her family even more than they were already ruined.

Did that quote give away more than I want it to? lol. Maybe but I think you can see where I was going with all the questions above. Sometimes being the elite is more of a hassle than just simply being. More often than not you have to take desperate actions for love… no matter how worrisome the consequences could be.

Now… one of the things that I noticed was the unnecessary use of details. We don’t need to know every color of every dress or the details of something that really isn’t a detail that readers need to remember. Yes, we know Penelope’s favorite color to wear is red when she wants to impress or to mark an extraordinary event… we don’t have to be reminded constantly of this. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some details that we do need to know about, like Henry’s hat that he gives to the youngest Holland sister, Diana… because later in the book you find out that Elizabeth has figured out a scandal that her little sister is involved in by finding his hat in her sister’s room. That is a completely acceptable detail that we needed to read or else the ending would not have made a lick of sense!

Overall, I really liked the book and hope that the rest of The Luxe series is just as good. Godbersen left it wide open for anything to happen, so I’m expecting lots more backstabbing and the fall of another socialite. Please let it be Penelope! lol.

This is the “trailer” for the second book Rumors… please forgive the horrible quality of the video… You would think they would be able to come up with something a bit better than this but I guess that’s why it’s a book and not a movie. lol.

Have you read this series? What did you think of it?

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