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The Luxe

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 433 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 32mm | 421.84g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061345687
  • 9780061345685
  • 69,413

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Mystery, romance, jealousy, betrayal, humor, and gorgeous, historically accurate details. I couldn t put The Luxe down! --Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl series"show more

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Favourite Quote: "It was as if God could no longer imagine beauty now that Elizabeth Holland no longer walked his earth." The only way I can describe is book is Gossip Girl but set in 1899 and so much better! I loved this book and it is a definite 5/5 stars for me! The main plot line was Elizabeth's arranged marriage to Henry but throughout the novel there are numerous sub-plots which involve love, revenge, deception etc. The twist at the end, I guessed as soon as I read the prologue but that didn't stop me from enjoying watching it unfold. There were quite a lot of characters but I never got confused because they were all weaved into the plot perfectly, all there stories intertwining with one other. For that alone I credit the author. Onto the characters, my favourite was Diana, Elizabeth's younger sister which surprised me as I didn't like her in the beginning but she grew on me and I liked seeing her character development throughout the book. She was wild, feisty & eccentric the complete opposite of Elizabeth who I actually didn't like. She was far too boring and bland plus I felt she was ungrateful regarding her lifestyle. As for other characters, Penelope I can see is shaping up to be the perfect villain and I cant wait to see what she does next. Lina, I couldn't care less about her, she's completely pointless in my opinion. Then there's the men, Henry and Will I just absolutely adored them both! Overall I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a scandal and I cannot wait to read the next book!show more
by brookexx
One of the elite, one of the daughters of New York society, is dead. In life, the lovely and fair Elizabeth Holland is everything a young, turn-of-the-century girl of her position ought to be. But, it's not easy to be proper and mannerly all the time, and a handsome servant who lives in the stable gets to see more of her than anyone else -- much, much more. No one knows of their secret affair, except Miss Holland's personal maid, Lina. Why did Elizabeth Holland have to go and pick Lina's love interest to treat as her personal plaything? Isn't it enough that the wealthy and admired young lady is betrothed to New York's most eligible bachelor? Henry Schoonmaker doesn't even want to marry the prim and boring Miss Holland. He's having too much fun living a carefree life and having a secret affair with his fiancé's best friend, Penelope Hayes. But, that sister of Elizabeth's, she is truly spirited. Yes, maybe Diana is the Holland sister for him. Maybe he should defy his father's wishes and forget about Elizabeth...and Penelope. But, Penelope simply will not be forgotten. Henry Schoonmaker belongs to her. It should be her name linked with his in all the society papers. She'll do whatever it takes to get him back. The twists and turns readers navigate throughout this book are staggering. With so many different perspectives to balance, the story could become difficult to follow, but author Anna Godbersen deftly guides her readers through the tale. It can be unclear at times where loyalties should lie, with so many scandalous doings underway. However, this only further adds to the big picture of New York's upper crust society and the games its elitist members must play in order to stay on top. The mystery of Elizabeth Holland's impending death will keep readers riveted, and by the story's end, they will be crying out for a sequel. I join their ranks in hoping this debut novelist will comply.show more
by TeensReadToo
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