A Luxe Novel

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOD
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780061345722


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Jun 23, 2014

As Envy begins, we rejoin New York City's young, social elite in early 1900 as they continue their lives of opulence, secrecy, unrequited love, ruthless ambition, clandestine affairs, limitless elation and miserable despair. Penelope Schoonmaker (née Hayes), having achieved her most fervent and obsessive desire of ensnaring Henry Schoonmaker as her husband, is finding that the sport isn't nearly as fun when her captured prey now pretends she doesn't exist. When she hears of Henry's plans for a fishing trip in Florida, Penelope immediately invites herself and orchestrates the train trip into a major social event of the season. Elizabeth Holland isn't enthusiastic about traveling after her recent, heartbreaking ordeals, but is forced to accept and wear a brave face. Her sister Diana, on the other hand, is thrilled at the opportunity, for it means she may be able to steal some covert moments with Henry.

This series is so fast-paced that it's surprising to be reminded that the first three books span only a few short months in the lives of these young adults. I'm still not certain what Diana sees in Henry, and the number of times she doubts him in this book, only to be reassured and mollified shortly thereafter, started to get tiresome after a while. It was nice to see some hope of happiness for Elizabeth, and I'm eager to begin turning the pages of the final book to find out just what Diana is getting up to.

Grafreak Apr 15, 2013

A great read!!!!! The author kept me as much on my toes in this third book of the Luxe Series as she did in the first two. The story was fresh, intriguing and I couldn't put the book down! I can't wait to read the next (and last) book of this series!

Aug 13, 2011

Couldn't put it down!!!!

nutty7688 Apr 29, 2011

Love this series.

Jan 12, 2010

i can't wait to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 05, 2010

i was at chapters and i was in the teen section looking at the series and this girl walked past me and said that's a really good series. So the next day i come and get it on the library and i couldnt wait to hve it. it also introduced me 2 a whole ton of other books. anybody who likes books like this try the summoning or Evermore. Evermore=Alison noel
The summoning= Katy armstrong or something like that. u can also search in the library "teen fiction" on keyword and lots of other books will come up.... i ordered them all!!!!!!!!!!!! hehehehehehehehehehehe srry

chiennoir Sep 02, 2009

The Luxe series started off a little slow but seems to be picking up in steaminess and scandaliciousness with each new book. Can't wait for the last book to come out, Splendor!


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whiteshadow13 Jan 18, 2012

In Manhattan, in 1900, the Holland sisters and other socialites fight each other, face off over men, and rail against the strict rules of society.


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Jun 05, 2012

"I have heard from a special source that a luncheon will be held today at the Hollands' house, and that Penelope Schoonmaker is among the guests. In society there will be always fans of low entertainment who hope for a fight between the ladies, and that element has predictably been taking up a feud between Miss Elizabeth Holland and the fromer Miss Hayes, since both girls were at one time engaged to Mr. Schoomaker. It seems they will be disapointed, if the ladies are meeting so cordially as all this, at the first social gathering the Hollands have hosted since the death of Mr. Edward Hollan, over a year ago......"


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