21 November 2009

Book Review- Splendor: A Luxe Novel

Title: Splendor: A Luxe Novel

Author: Ana Godbersen

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 400 in hardcover

Description provided by Amazon:

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?

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Ana Godberesen and the Luxe Series. I have often thought about what it would be like to live in a time when women were expected to throw glorious parties, dress in huge fabulous gowns and marry into wealthy families. The series is full of high society and scandal. I absolutely love these books.

She writes with such poise and grace, 19th to 20th century, period novels fit her writing style perfectly. Her incredibly detailed description of the beautiful houses and dresses makes me wonder if she has them sketched out somewhere. She includes almost every spectrum of high society; the maid that comes into a great deal of money; the wealthy girl from a family of new money; the wealthy sisters of an old family that seem to have fallen on hard times and society’s most eligible bachelor whose sole concern is parties and his next conquest.

Her characters grow with every novel as they explore the world and discover themselves. Her accurate historic details allows one to wonder if these people actually existed, living in a time when what other’s could see was pretty much all that mattered.

Godbersen’s conclusion to the Luxe series is satisfying, the characters all getting what they deserved in the end. My favorite was Diana’s ending, bittersweet and emotional; she finally breaks free from the prison of high society and is able to discover her full potential. My only negative feelings go out to Elizabeth’s story. I felt there could be more to the story of her father’s death and Snowden’s involvement and the land that was purchased in California. I felt it was just brushed over and forgotten about. The book was already long so I could understand why importance and detail was given elsewhere.

This series is one of the must reads for Young Adult books.


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