The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

the luxe
Mean Girls meets The Age of Innocence in this deliciously decadent debut. Just imagine Lindsey Lohan and Rachel McAdams in rustling silk dresses, batting their eyes at boys in white tails behind feathery fans in tastefully decorated drawing rooms, and you’ve got The Luxe, a Gilded Age Gossip Girl. The year: 1899. The place: upper crust NYC. Here, you’ll meet good-as-gold girl Elizabeth Holland, a frosty blond with a boiling hot secret—she’s in love with stable boy Will, and has been trysting with him late at night for some less-than-innocent rolls in the hay. But she’s being forced to marry wealthy playboy Henry Schoonmaker for his inheritance because her blue-blooded family is on the brink of financial ruin. When her best friend ( and worst enemy) Penelope Hayes discovers Elizabeth is engaged to her crush, she begins to plot her friend’s downfall in order get Henry for herself. Meanwhile, Henry has become smitten with Elizabeth’s wild younger sister, Diana, who isn’t sure she can stand by and watch her sister marry the man she knows is meant for her. And don’t forget the sly chambermaid, Lina, who knows Elizabeth’s shameful secret, and isn’t afraid to sell it to the highest bidder so she can better her position and win the heart of stable boy Will (who we started with, remember?) This high society romp is light, fluffy, and totally escapist. The scandalous ending hints at a sequel, so hopefully we will be able to continue swooning over Henry Schoonmaker for several thick books to come. And the cover, oh the cover! Talk about swooning–do they carry that dress at Macy’s? If you enjoy The Luxe and want to read more about the Gilded Age, look up the classics by Edith Wharton and Henry James that clearly inspired this teen tale of manners (or just rent the very fine movie adaptations of The Age of Innocence and Portrait of a Lady).

9 thoughts on “The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

  1. Amazon claims that Rumors: A Luxe Novel will be out June 10. How exciting is that? I can’t wait to read this one!

  2. I just got finished with The Luxe. I don’t know why I didn’t see a sequel coming! I’m curious to see what happens. 🙂

  3. I have to say, I let the ARC of this sit for awhile, but at my colleague’s urging, took another look and just ate it right up. Just good, clean, historical fun!

  4. I loved this book! I just got my hands on the sequel and am prepared to rip through it!
    I couldn’t put the luxe down!
    I really can imagine rachel mcadams and lindsay lohan as elizabeth and penelope!

  5. This was a great read. It was a lot like a late 1800, early 1900’s Gossip Girl. I just finished the third book and can’t wait to start the fourth.

  6. Lilly,

    aren’t these books fun? I need to read the rest of the series, but so many other new titles to get to also! Oh well, glad that someone is getting to read them all:)

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