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As this final book in the Luxe series begins, Henry Schoonmaker has joined the army but due to his father’s far-reaching influence, and to his frustration, he finds himself safely out of harm’s way in untroubled Cuba. He is unaware that Diana Holland has liberated herself from the constraints of New York society life and followed him, earning her keep by engaging as a barmaid. Back home, Elizabeth (née Holland) Cairns is finding that the security and promise of happiness she believed to finally have found are being threatened by evidence of something shady and unfathomable. And when Henry’s wife Penelope discovers back in New York City that she has attracted the attentions of a visiting European prince, she finds that she isn’t so bothered that Henry has abandoned her after all.
Hardly anyone lives happily ever after, but this was a decent and appropriate conclusion to the series. My instincts felt somewhat vindicated upon reading of Elizabeth’s troubles -- something hadn’t seemed quite right, but I was for some reason doubtful that the author was going to go in that direction. I appreciated how the author ultimately treated Diana and Henry’s relationship -- realistic if not satisfying. Penelope’s comeuppance was brilliant.
posted Jul 8, 2014 at 11:31AM
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Prim and proper; from old money; discovers her true love and the father of her child was murdered; married Teddy.
Elizabeth's younger sister; left New York to travel abroad to become an artist.
Penelope's husband; not in love with Penelope, but in love with Diane.
From new money; Henry's wife; envy of society; has everything she ever dreamed of.
Henry's best friend and Elizabeth's husband.
Enjoying her newfound wealth.