4 Stars

Title: The Luxe

Author: Anna Godbersen

Book 1 in the Luxe series

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I was not expecting to like this series of books at all as it is not the type of story i would usually enjoy. But i Loved this book. It was well written and the characters are so full and complex that i couldn’t help but become interested in their little fictional lives. I read the book quicker than most and then went and got the second installment straight away because i just HAD to know what happened with my new favourite characters. Love the story, and the cover design is gorgeous too. I have to admit this was a cover buy for me. Anyone else ever buy books just because the covers are so pretty? Has to be one of the prettiest dress covers out there. The whole series have stunning covers. I was surprised to get swept away with the high society pretentiousness and a world full of gossip and scandal.  Looking forward to the next 3 books.