Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Beautiful Elizabeth Holland lives in Manhattan 1899, and her world is a whirlwind of parties, visits to the dressmakers, and visiting other wealthy socialite friends. She has a secret, though, one that could ruin her future and her family's social status. The book opens with Elizabeth's funeral, and then backtracks through the events that led to that moment, the twists and turns of fate, hidden intentions, secret love, jealousies and vindictiveness.

I've been meaning to read this book since I saw it on the shelves at my library, and it sure has taken me a while to get to it! It was certainly a gripping read, a sort of Pretty Little Liars meets Downton Abbey, which should appeal to fans of both. I found the plot to be rather predictable, but the characters are interesting enough, and the setting was a nice change from the usual, that I was able to relax and enjoy the ride.

The characters are engaging but never stray too far from the character type they represent, and this lack of complexity leaves me on the fence as far as continuing the series - although I doubt teen readers will share my qualms. I think they will enjoy reading about this time period - some historical novels can be a tough sell to that crowd. The novel wraps up in a satisfying conclusion but does leave enough loose ends for subsequent books to explore.

Books in the Luxe series:
1. The Luxe
2. Rumors
3. Envy
4. Splendor

The Luxe (#1 in the Luxe series) by Anna Godbersen (HarperCollins, 2007)

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