Two months after Elizabeth Holland’s dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana’s side, however, those watching New York’s favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South.
Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city’s most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope’s finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope’s social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune–and her fame–are anything but secure, especially now that one of society’s darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.
In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen’s bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan’s most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .
Can you tell that I’ve been a little busy? Took me almost a month to finish this one. Now for starters… I’m not overly fond of this book. Henry is so sick of Penelope that he decides that he wants to just get away from her, so he tells her that he is going on a trip with Teddy Cutting and they are going to Florida for a fishing trip. Penelope, not wanting people to know that her and Henry are on the outs, decides that she is going to go as well and is inviting everyone on this trip to show that her and Henry are meant to be… even though Henry sleeps on the couch in a whole other room and hates to be around her.
Penelope tries to be queen B by asking Elizabeth to accompany her on this trip, just to try and rub it in a little more that she is now the new Mrs. Schoonmaker. It kind of back fires because as much as Elizabeth doesn’t want to say yes, her mother has insisted and decides that she is going to bring along Diana, since she knows that Diana and Henry do, in fact, love one another.
The whole Florida trip is a battle of jealously. Penelope does everything she can to make Diana jealous and Diana doing everything she can to make Henry jealous of her fake affections towards Penelope’s brother Grayson. It was honestly, just really boring. Kind of already over the whole Henry, Penelope, and Diana drama. Long story short… Penelope eventually wins. She throws out a curve ball that not even Henry can not hit, but Henry does have a trick up his sleeve. Not one he probably wants to do… but he knows that it will keep him away from Penelope but also, keep Diana at a distance since he has wronged her in so many ways. Diana, of course, is a hopeless romantic and to me, does the dumbest thing possible. Which of course is how the book ends. SMH.
Elizabeth is still sad over Will’s death. As she should be. She finds herself slowly starting to have feelings for Teddy and then once she realizes it, she crushes those feelings because of guilt. Kind of over her little story as well. Spoiler Alert: She’s preggers with Will’s baby! She does eventually have a little drama going on but that quickly comes and goes.
I don’t know if I’m just over this series, or I’m just over the drama of it all. I started watching Gossip Girl over the last week because I was caught up on all my shows and found that I became pretty much over all that drama as soon as I got through season one. I’m not one for it in real life… so I guess reading about it isn’t my thing either… even if it is fiction.
There is one book left in this series and since I’ve put this much effort into the last three, I figure why not finish the series out. It can’t be so bad… right?