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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (32 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: December 2008 ISBN: 9780061698927
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adyson Holt | 1/23/2014

    " This book was so horrible I couldn't even finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aseera | 1/23/2014

    " An AMAZING novel set in the victorian era. It's full of romance, betrayal, jealousy and many secrets. I definitely recommend this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika Carruth | 1/23/2014

    " The Gossip Girls of 1899. Very good period story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Muldoon | 1/16/2014

    " This was the equivalent of a Victorian Romance but for YA. honestly, I could have done with more sex. Still, it was entertaining in its chastity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilie | 1/14/2014

    " Enjoyed the setting, but the plot got a little tiring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 12/28/2013

    " Gossip Girls for the turn of the century. It was better than I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 9/30/2013

    " It ended how I wanted to "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charmaine Puzey | 9/24/2013

    " I actually really like this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 3/6/2013

    " Very scandolous read! I just recently started reading the second book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 9/10/2012

    " I don't know why people dislike this book so much...honestly this is the book that opened my eyes and inspired me to write my own personal novel... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keanna Lewis | 4/13/2012

    " It is like Gossip Girl but in the 19th century, it is really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Fetterman | 12/21/2011

    " This is essentially a historical fiction soap opera, but I admit that I really enjoyed it and look forward to the rest of the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/28/2011

    " 1880's gossip girls of Manhattan, love it. Great summer read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda Coody | 10/1/2011

    " I gave up on this one. I just could not make myself like the characters or care about the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annylu Castro | 8/27/2011

    " it is very fun, it deffently is like gossip girl but with an 1800's twist o "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siun | 6/27/2011

    " wow,just as good as the luxe so far if not better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 6/26/2011

    " this is aimed at young adults but i think the Luxe series is an exciting read for adults as well! the characters are excellent, fun and three dimensional and the history and fashion of the turn of the century makes for a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 6/23/2011

    " I love the interaction between Diana and Henry. I feel like this is the book that gets the ball rolling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/18/2011

    " I for sure liked this book better when it was called The Age of Innocence and was by Edith Wharton, but so what. I'm still going to read the third one. "

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

    " FABULOUS
    However when Will died, I had a serious break down. WHYYYY?!!?!! "

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

    " loved this book too. the drama was just perfect and wow. some of it was sad but otherwise it was great. <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 6/1/2011

    " WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTT? Is will DEAD??????? and I hate penelope. I hate her!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/29/2011

    " Light read. Turn of the century Old New York society. "

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

    " Read the first so I had to keep going. The first was one of those books that you couldn't just stop at the first, whereas with Twilight you would be totally ok with just once. "

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

    " Enjoyable still same as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cariza | 5/19/2011

    " Really enjoyed the whole series. It's jane austen meets gossip girl. Loved reading every book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynsey | 5/17/2011

    " This second book was entertaining, but that's all. I'm just not sure there is enough material for the last 2 books. We'll see. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helinä | 5/14/2011

    " Very light reading, actually too light for my taste. "

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About the Author
Author Anna Godbersen

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on the sequel to The Lucky Ones.