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ISBN: 0061345687

ISBN13: 9780061345685

The Luxe

(Book #1 in the Luxe Series)

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Book 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...

Customer Reviews

5 ratings


I was so surprised at how good this book was. I bought it thinking, okay someone is trying to write Gossip girl in a different time, but it's totally addictive. I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next one to come out in June!

I wanted to live inside its pages

I adored reading The Luxe! I've already read every Edith Wharton novel and similar in existence and I thought I had exhausted the entire glittering genre UNTIL The Luxe came along and showed me that turn-of-the-century, social-climing romances are not dead. Hurray! The story is gripping, the characters are deliciously addictive, and the descriptions of Lord & Taylor ballgowns and NYC mansions and manners of a bygone age made me want to live inside its pages. Think House of Mirth Light. I can't wait for the next installment!

Loved It!!!!

Loved it, loved it, loved it! This book is fantastic. I knows its a teen novel, but I'm 30 and I found it very entertaining! It's definitly not your average teen romance novel. I cannot wait for the sequel!

Guilty Pleasure

Okay, I have a confession. I really like THE GOSSIP GIRLS. When I read the first book a few years ago, I didn't care that much for the tale. It wasn't until it became a series that I got hooked. Plus I love time period pieces. What do you get when you combine THE GOSSIP GIRLS with 1899 Mahattan's social scene? THE LUXE! Two sisters, Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Throw in a scandalous change in family fortune, a back stabbing socialite frenemy, Penelope Hayes, a debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, though engaged to the older sister has eyes for the younger, and a spiteful maid, Lina Bround. Elizabeth is forced to marry Henry, to help save her family but she has a secret. She's in love with the family coachman, Will. What's she going to do? When her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl who's glamorous life was on the NY gossip pages-some wonder whether life at the top was too much for Elizabeth or if someone wanted her to disappear. I really enjoyed this book. It has it all: high society, 1899 Manhattan, balls, envy, lust, and betrayal. What more can you want? This book reminds me of dark chocolate. Reading this book is one guilty pleasure. I can't wait for the sequel!

Intoxicating from start to finish!

The year is 1899. While women and young ladies are supposed to be demure and proper in each and every thing they do; so is not the case for many of those living in New York City. Four young women, to be exact, who are committing different forms of wrongdoing, which would certainly turn heads and cause whispers in upper class society. Things that would leave them shunned. But, as long as no one finds out, I suppose it doesn't really matter. If those secrets are revealed, however, things may not be as...peachy keen as they are now. Eighteen-year-old, Elizabeth Adora Holland, is the girl every gentleman wants to be with, and all the girls want to be. As far as society goes, Elizabeth is the ideal up-and-comer. She's demure, polite, pure, and breathtakingly beautiful. What society doesn't know about, however, are her late-night trysts with a certain member of her staff. Trysts that seem harmless and loving to Elizabeth and her...admirer; but would turn heads and cast her out of the inner circle in mere moments. When she is betrothed to the most sought-after bachelor in New York City, the world practically stops as wedding preparations begin. Unfortunately, Elizabeth's heart isn't in it, instead, her conscience and her true love take over, causing her to question her impending marriage. But with a horrible secret haunting her family, there is little she can do to save herself from a lifetime of misery, without taking matters into her own hands and doing something drastic. While Elizabeth is the perfect model of society; her sixteen-year-old sister, Diana, is practically anti-proper manners and living. Diana would rather spend her days reading romance novels, and kissing random boys, than acting proper. She dreams of being a heroine, who is rescued by a dashing gentleman. When she learns of the impending trouble facing her family, she relishes it - believing it will bring her some excitement. Certainly not as much excitement as her secret affair with someone else's future husband, of course. Penelope Hayes may be viewed by society as an improper floozy-esque young lady; but what she lacks in manners, she certainly makes up for in ravishing clothes, gorgeous looks, an estate that turns heads, and a bank account that leave people drowning in a puddle of their own drool. On the outside, it appears that Penelope and Elizabeth are best friends; but for those on the inside, it's quite obvious that Penelope's loath and jealousy of Elizabeth dominate their relationship. Especially when Elizabeth steals the man of her dreams away from her. Now she plans on destroying her future, no matter what it takes. As they say..."keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." Lina Broud has always been an outsider looking in at the privileged world of high society. As Elizabeth's maid, she once shared a close friendship with her employer. But times have changed. Elizabeth is too busy to be friends with someone beneath her, and Lina is too proud to go on serving som
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