The Luxe by Anna Godbersen | Why Girls Are Weird

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

The year is 1899 and the Holland girls, older sister Elizabeth and younger sister Diana, seem to have it all.  Elizabeth has just returned from being overseas and seems to be the perfect young lady while Diana is a bit mischievous, preferring to be locked in her bedroom with a good book to being the perfect society girl.  They seem set to live the lives of the beautiful and rich New York girls until they find out a horrible family secret.  Elizabeth is set to be married to a powerful man but all is not as it seems.  And so the story begins of betrayal, secrets and gossip.  And when Elizabeth Holland turns up dead all of New York seems to go into a tailspin, wondering if their beloved sweetheart was really all she seemed.

This book reminded me of Gossip Girl only set back in 1899.  Friends aren't as they seem, enemies are meant to be kept close and there's drama at the turn of every page.  It was easy to get caught up in the lives of these girls, not only the Holland girls but Elizabeth's best friend Penelope, her maid Lina and all the men that seemed to circle around them.  I had a hard time putting this book down because at the end of every chapter there seemed to be another twist in the story.  It creates this gossip that you must know and it's easy to see why the lives of these girls would have been read about in every newspaper in New York.  I definitely enjoyed it and couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.  I hope it's as good as this one!

P.S. Have you entered the Summer Must Haves Swap yet?  It's not too late!

28 wonderful thoughts:

{Selma} Crazy Little World Of Mine

Sounds interesting...and since I love GG...why not this book, too! :)

Have a fabulous day girl.


Scientific Housewife

This sounds like something I might like :)

Audrey Allure

This sounds amazing, and definitely something I would enjoy!


The entire series is incredible - you will love them all, Krysten! :)

ilene @ muchloveilly

added to my list now! i found these at my library recently. sounds so good!

Teenage Bride

My sister in law lent me this book... loved it!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Aahh a turn of the century Gossip Girls - awesome!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Dancing Branflake

I would buy the book just for the cover alone. It is gorgeous!


Sounds good!!

When do we get to see pics of your pretty new haircut?! :)

kelli g. { bug miscellany }

ok, i just have to tell you, i read "the hunger games" in a matter of hours, and now i keep staying up too late to read the rest.

thanks for an awesome recommendation! :)

la petite coquine

Historical fiction meets Gossip Girl?! I love it!

The Blonde Duck

I LOVED this series!

Jessie Szmanda

How did you know I have been wanting to read this book!

Amber Blue Bird

sounds like a good page turner

(Florida) Girl

Sounds like a fun read for the Summer.

Sunny & Star

I have seen this book and thought I would love it. I haven't been reading much lately but it looks like I need to get my hands on this book.


I read these! loved them!


Sounds thrilling! I love books that are in series, keeps you wanting more!

Eternally yours,


I love gossip girl! Might have to check this one out.


I read these 2 summers ago and LOVED them! they were quick reads and you became SO involved in each character.


i've never seen gossip girl, but i like the idea of it being a who-dunnit. it seems more interesting than just a novel about high society girls.


This sounds like a great book, and I love that its a series. Im on the Bride series by Nora Roberts, Im on book three, its pretty good! :)

Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti

I went to the book shop after reading this post to pick up some books but they didn't have this. It's totally on my to read list! :)

Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti

I went to the book shop after reading this post to pick up some books but they didn't have this. It's totally on my to read list! :)


That sounds like a fabulous bathtub read!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO

Oh I've read this and it's great! I like the whole series!

kelly ann

A friend recommended this to me the other day, I'm SO excited to read it! :)

Ocean Dreams

Okay this looks really good. I love the cover and I told myself not to judge a book by it's cover. Oops. :)