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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,381 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Godbersen Narrator: Nina Siemaszko Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Luxe Series Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780061709623
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New beginnings.

Shocking revelations.

Unexpected endings.

A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.

Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.

In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

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  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kricket | 2/19/2014

    " deeeelicious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 2/18/2014

    " This was almost a five star. Definitely better than two and three for finally wrapping things up, mostly in ways that I liked. Whoever wants this next better respond on here... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura YA indie princess | 2/11/2014

    " such a good book really finished the series of very well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikki | 2/2/2014

    " Not the ending I was expecting, but so much more satisfying! Can't wait to read more by the author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 1/31/2014

    " Not a fabulous ending, but somewhat satisfying for fans of the earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/28/2014

    " ending was not what i expected at all. kind of a let down, but it was still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/24/2014

    " This series ultimately surprised me by getting better as the books went on. However, I wasn't thrilled with the ending which was kind of a let down after being so jacked up from the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Swaggerty | 1/14/2014

    " At first, I thought that I hated the ending, but the ending gave it a better sense of reality. As a young person, it tells me that there really is more to life than trying to find the happy ending, and to look past what I thought I wanted and know there will always be something good out there waiting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cool | 1/10/2014

    " This is the last of the series - probably the best! Really enjoyed!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Green11frog | 1/3/2014

    " awesome plot!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 12/23/2013

    " I enjoyed each book in this series better than its predecessor. Godbersen's story constantly develops into new twists and turns and although they didn't end as I thought I wanted, I find I am quite satisfied with each character ending in their proper place. All in all, a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/12/2013

    " Forget "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob"...anyone want to join "Team Teddy" with me?? This was better than chocolate :-)!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ameliapond | 12/9/2013

    " Disappointed with the ending :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri Stephens | 9/2/2013

    " I enjoyed the series but was a little disappointed at the ending for one of the characters. After all that she had done for love I had hoped for her to be with him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrie | 8/12/2013

    " i am torn on the ending of this book. For some reasons I loved it and I don't know how I feel about other parts of the ending. I couldn't put it down though, while I was reading. I am just a little torn on the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Tolbert | 7/4/2013

    " I am very satisfied with ending of this series. Not all of the characters had happy endings, and there was more than one couple that wasn't able to work out their differences. But the ending was realistic and very consistent with the characters' personalities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley (HighCotton816) | 5/19/2013

    " Definitely one of my new favorite series of books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 5/9/2013

    " This book was kind of a let down. I liked how Henry grew up, but didn't like what a flake Diana turned out to be. I also liked how it comments on society changing against blue blood ways. It was just an okay book. I wasn't really glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stella | 2/27/2013

    " Amazing book !! I think it was the best of the series so far !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/4/2012

    " Love the society that the author created, and the recurring theme that nothing good comes from deceit. Perfect ending to this colorful series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige Webster | 10/15/2012

    " Absolutely stunning ending! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika B. | 6/10/2012

    " This is where I felt like Anna Godbersen gave up on her own story. It felt like she didn't have anywhere for the characters to go and she was bored with them. I did like the Elizabeth story line though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierra Zie | 4/11/2012

    " wonderful ending to a wonderful series. sad it's done :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neenah =]] | 4/7/2012

    " I really hated the ending!!! :( very disappointing, it got me so hooked that I finished it in one sitting.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/1/2011

    " I liked the 1st and 4th of this series the most. Very disappointed with ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianna winter | 11/14/2011

    " im not sure how i like the ending. it was very surprising that is for sure. it was a very lovely book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 8/20/2011

    " I loved reading this series. Quick and easy, always entertaining, great storyline. But I am so easily bothered by un-happy endings, and this one didn't end as happily as I had assumed and wanted it to (for some of the characters). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linawq | 6/26/2011

    " Very nice ending to this series. Beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 6/23/2011

    " I hated the ending, but I think it fits with the story. I love these characters, but I kind of wanted Penelope to fall off a bridge. I like Anna Godbersen's writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Farrell | 6/17/2011

    " The first and this one where the best in the whole series! I read it from about 6 pm to 11:30. Quite an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/15/2011

    " AWESOME!
    However I think Diana should have let Henry go with her to France!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 6/5/2011

    " so i wasn't in love with the series ending but i guess it has to end somewhere...i did like how she ended it though once again i couldn't put down the book once i got into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/30/2011

    " Splendor was a nice ending to the Luxe series, which I enjoyed more than I expected. I'm a little sad that this was the final book, but I am pleased that all the loose ends were tied up nice and neatly in the end, even if some were "tied" a little differently than I might have liked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/25/2011

    " best out of the series even though i disliked the ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 5/25/2011

    " This woman somehow managed to keep me thrilled and wondering about how things would end until the last page! It's a good book despite the clichés, because when you think it will have a fairy tale ending, it just turns out to be a closer-to-real-life end (: "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mietta | 5/21/2011

    " it was a good book but i like happy endings so thats why i didn't like it to much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rhoya | 5/21/2011

    " not satisfied with the ending at all!!!!!!!!!! I was reading and hooked on the books just to see how Diana and Henry and in the end Diana decides that she rather be single after he searches across the world for her?!?!?!?!??!?? I couldn't sleep for days after because I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO angry!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 5/20/2011

    " Worth finishing the series very entertaining and happy to have a conclusion of theiirr lifes. "

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