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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34,982 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:
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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 bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mystery, romance, jealousy, betrayal, humor, and gorgeous, historically accurate details. I couldn’t put The Luxe down!”

    Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl series

  • “Godbersen’s ambitious debut takes us back to the Gilded Age of New York, when teens had grown-up problems…A quick and entertaining trip back in time.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Lavishly produced…This tangled web included not one but two sets of star-crossed lovers; an upstairs/downstairs romance; a scheming social climber; a bitter bitter servant girl; and oodles of money…Dishy fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vividly sketched, and the suspenseful story is propelled by interwoven scandals and well-supported plot twists. A compulsively readable romance about young women who strain against societal conventions.”

    Booklist

  • “Deliciously soapy…It’s all scandalous, steamy—though never graphic—fun, with just enough period detail to make the Gilded Age come alive.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A big, sumptuous tale of catty girls, dark secrets, and windswept romance…Readers will clamor for this sharp, smart drama of friends, lovers, lies, and betrayal.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tilly | 2/8/2014

    " great historical fiction book. i loved the gossip girl part of it as well as the problems they kept facing. I didn't really like linda the maid. good book i reccommend it if you like gossip girl/historical fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jami | 2/4/2014

    " Loved this book. Totally right up my alley. Love the time it was sat, and had just enough mystery and scandal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Esther Mawhinney | 1/27/2014

    " It was ok but i enjoy the gossip girl feel to it all... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jema | 1/25/2014

    " Very good book. Kind of an olden time gossip girl. Ending was a little too predictable for my taste, but over all author was very descriptive and very vivid details. "

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About the Author
Author Anna Godbersen

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. After graduating she worked in the literary department of Esquire magazine, where she also wrote book reviews. Her debut novel was the first installment of the bestselling Luxe series for young adults, which she followed with the Bright Young Things series. The Blonde, published by in May 2014, was her first book for adults. She lives in Brooklyn.