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Romance, intrigue, gossip and pretty dresses. You can’t beat that! It’s "Mean Girls" for the 1890s.
posted Apr 26, 2008 at 12:44PM
Lizzy :D said:
I LOVED it! I couldn’t even put it down for a second. I read it in like 2 days and now I’m just dieing to get my hands on the next book in the series, Rumors.
posted May 7, 2012 at 9:07PM
After reading this, I was frankly surprised it was in the teen section. Half the time, I was sure I was reading an adult romance. While the characters weren’t too frustrating, the morality was clearly absent in the book. I was sickened by the immorality portrayed is normal. If this is what teens are reading, no wonder teen pregnancy is high. The book could have been so good, if it hadn’t been for the adult content.
posted Dec 21, 2013 at 9:24PM
Luxe, the first in a series of four teen novels, offers a glimpse into the opulent lives of New York City’s young and wealthy near the turn of the 20th century. The tale is told from varying perspectives, including that of Elizabeth Holland, the demure outwardly perfect daughter of one of New York’s most respected families; her younger sister Diana, something of an firecracker though generally content until now to dwell in Elizabeth’s shadow; Penelope Hayes, a daughter of a nouveau riche family not above scheming to achieve her lofty ambitions; Henry Schoonmaker, a bachelor from another of the city’s oldest and most honored families and considered a prize catch by society ladies; and finally Lina Broud, Elizabeth Holland’s personal maid, who on one memorable evening witnesses a compromising event that will alter the lives of all the others.
Story aside, learning about the expected behavior of the social elite of the day was both fascinating and horrifying. The very idea that a young woman’s only aspirations in life would be to appear attractive and charming enough to snag a wealthy husband is for the most part a foreign concept today. Admittedly, the ambitions of their affluent male peers, who would not themselves perform a day’s work during the course of their lives, are hardly more admirable. That said, I couldn’t put this book down and look forward to continuing the series.
posted Jun 10, 2014 at 2:19PM
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Prim and proper; from old money; engaged Henry, but in love with a member of her family's staff.
Elizabeth's younger sister; reads romance novels; wants excitement in her life; having a secret affair with Henry.
Must marry Elizabeth or be disinherited.
From new money; determined to win Henry's affections; jelaous of Elizabeth.
An outsider looking in at privileged society; Elizabeth's maid; has gossip on Elizabeth that could finally bring her into high society; doesn't know if she should betray her employer and friend.