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Rumors (Luxe #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  26,437 ratings  ·  1,498 reviews
As rumors continue about the untimely demise of Elizabeth Holland, an outwardly stricken Penelope Hayes determines to use any means necessary to claim her friend's pre-eminent place in 1899 Manhattan society and to get and keep the attentions of Elizabeth's former fiance, the wealthy Henry Schoonmaker."
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 423 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2007)
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Jan 24, 2012 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gossip Girl and Soap Opera fans
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Mm..I'm really torn with this book.

Okay, this book was good. Really good. Which is shocking because I found the first one to be a tad bit boring. I don't know why, but this one is SO MUCH BETTER! Maybe it is because the author didn't have explain too much and could just dive right into all the scandals of 1899 Manhattan. Ah, boy, did I eat it up. Each character's story-line was really interesting and each had their own distinct voice. It was just...really fantastic.

BUT. Oh yes, the but. I'm sure...more
Man, this book was painful to read. I thought I would scream if I had to read about Diana's "heart-shaped face" one more time. The author seems to think every noun must always be paired with a lavish adjective. And she could be way too descriptive when it came to clothing and luxury items. Focus more on your characters and less on their clothing. As for the characters, I can't say I was particularly enamored with any of them. Diana, who seemed to fit the Unconventional Independent Girl mold in t...more
amazingly wonderfully fantastically gooood!

WARNING: If you plan to read the first one (The Luxe) you might not want to read this because it gives away info from the end of the first book. just fyi.

Manhattan, 1899. The drama amongst the most admired people in Manhattan’s social scene continues in this gripping sequel, Rumors, by Anna Godbersen. I chose to read this book because I read the first one, recommended by my sisters, and had to know what was going to happen next. This book is filled with...more
Sep 26, 2008 Traci rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens who like the Gossip Girl or Clique books
While Ms. Godberson won't be winning any awards for her writing soon- (how many times can anger or rage "burn down the back of her throat" weird- sounds like reflux to me. When she describes the men at the ball with their heads looking like "soft boiled eggs" above their collars. Weird again.) She can produce a good soap opera-type book. The plot was interesting enough that I didn't even realize that I was 250+ pages into the book. I find the most interesting part for me is the whole Diana, Peno...more
Well, everyone's in love with the one person they can't have and no one seems to be able to communicate their woe to anyone who could help. Must be Tuesday in Luxeland. Rumors is the second volume in the Luxe series and, as the deep red dress and haughty gaze of the cover model suggest, things are just getting worse and worse for our crew of Manhattan debutantes/bachelors/scheming underlings. I checked this copy out from the library and the girl at the checkout desk smiled knowingly and said, "I...more
*cries* The ending! Argh! I'm torn between wanting the next book desperatly and wanting to pretend I never read the last few chapters......... I was actually near tears at the end, and I never cry at books. Granted, I didn't cry at this end either, but still. I was as close as I ever get.

More coherent review coming someday when I get over the shock of this ending.
Anne Osterlund
Rumors was fun. I somehow found myself liking Diana (as well as the tabloid reporter she snitches to) even though I could barely stand her in the first book. This is, IMO, quite impressive. The ending was Ahhh! Must read third book now.

“I won't say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn't me!”- Wives and Daughters


DNF at page 108, because the characters were acting so silly that I wanted to bop them over the head with a hammer.

I tried people. I really tried. But the characters were so immaturely childish and insipid that I couldn't go on any more. I did, however, read the rest of the series (thanks Wikipedia!) and wasn't very impressed.

I did read about my hometown however (Bakersfield, woot woot!!). And i...more
So, why I am rating this book so high? Because the train-wreck events these books carry are so entertaining!

First off, Rumors was so much better than its predecessor. While The Luxe is catty and scandalous, it was also a little frigid and predictable. Now Rumors is another story. While it preserves its dramatic image, its events are so u...more
Oct 21, 2008 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans
I found Rumors to be extremely enjoyable. It brought back many of our main characters from The Luxe and grew with them. I love historical fiction books and this definitely satisfies my thirst for a while. Set in Manhattan in 1899, Rumors is about, well, rumors, canniving old friends, and greed. As someone else mentioned, Rumors is a bit like a soap opera and quite petty at times. Some of the characters grate on my nerves at times when I don't think they are supposed to. Anna Godbersen writes her...more
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Jul 15, 2010 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who like: surprises/unexpected twists/gossip/drama
After reading Rumors, I finally understood what was lacking in the Luxe series. The whole series is just too fast-paced (despite each book having like 450 pages). There are some particular moments that could have been more detailed or savored, especially in this book. (Like what about the time when Elizabeth spent at California with Will? What about the struggles that Elizabeth had to do to try to meet her true love?)

I've realized now that the Luxe series aren't based only one particular charac...more
3,5 en realidad.
Sigue la estela del 1º libro, aunque con mayor fuerza ahora que los personajes ya se nos presentaron con todo su esplendor y apariencias.
Continúan las idas y venidas de sus 4 protagonistas, con nuevos personajes, algún que otro giro (aunque en conjunto es una novela pausada), escarceos, envidias y tejemanejes de la época, sobre todo en el último tercio del libro, donde deja todo muy interesante para su siguiente continuación.
I was fully prepared to write a review along the lines of "typical second installment with nothing unforeseen happening" but the last twenty-something leave me a bit dazed and unable to write just that.
Yes, it is a typical second installment and thus a bit slower than book one...but boy.
Things happen!
Albeit in the last few chapters but I'm still slightly taken aback...

While I'm still a bit freaked out, let me leave you with this: I really want to have the wardrobes these girls have...more
Anna Motteler
I loved this one a lot more than I loved the first one. The ending to this one made me want to launch the book across the room but if I would've done that, I probably would have hit the teacher and gotten in trouble. But anyway, I almost cried at the ending of this book & I'm scared to read the third one because I was so happy throughout this book UNTIL THE END.

But I know I'm going to read the third one anyway... aha.
OMG! I am in the middle of reading this book it is so unpredictable, you think that something is going to happen and it doesn't! LOL!
Really good book.
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Although this started off slow, I found myself totally enthralled in Godbersen's writing of the scandalous tales of early New York City. The ending broke my heart, just as I had been falling hard for my favorite characters (especially Henry and Diana, Will and Elizabeth). Can't wait to get my hands on the next book!

Oh, The Luxe never gets old. :) Are you guys into historical fiction? I'll tell you something - I wasn't. I hated it. Until I read Devil on My Heels by Joyce McDonald , I'm afraid I'd...more
I honestly don't know how to write this review without it containing spoilers. As you may not know, I don't put spoilers in my reviews, even if I already warned about the spoilers. It just bothers me for some reason. But I promise, I'll try my hardest to keep spoilers out of this review. Okay, so back to the review. Just....WOW. This book was so....intense. It was defiantly never boring. But after the lame ending (not lame as in boring, lame as in something-happened-that-really-shou...more
The scandalous suspense continues...for all the reasons why I picked up and fell in love with this series, read my review of The Luxe, #1. I was sad at the end of Rumors, but now I have to go on. I have to find out what happens next!

Ohhhh, Penelope Hayes is devious! I have to admire her cunning, cut-throat ways. She's a beautifully drawn villian, you want to choke the New York High Society life out of her. It's interesting to me too why she won't just get it through her pretty little vixen head,...more
This was as good as I the first! I held my breath, I was anxious, nervous, excited, I cried, I threw the book down in frustration haha... I got really into it. Nice drop off at the end though! I guess it was good place to stop since there is another sequel. So if you liked the first book, this one you will enjoy just as much. Nothing was lacking. I thought it was a good story line and I was entertained the whole time. Nice work! I can't wait to read Envy!

On a side note, Lina or "Carolina Broad"...more
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With everyone questioning what happened to Elizabeth and how she died, Diana is left to fend off all the rumors and take care of her terribly poor family. Meanwhile Penelope is scheming to get Henry Schoonmaker to marry her and blackmail Diana at the same time. Just liked she blackmailed Elizabeth. To add to all the drama Diana is starting to fall in love with Henry even though she knows it is not proper. Even Elizabeth's old maid, Lina Broud, is starting to learn that she can sell gossip and bl...more
I really love this authors writing style and its a nice refreshing change to read a really good teen book not with vampires, werewolves or some other supernatural form.
How lucky we are to be able to choose who we want to spend our lives with. In the lady year before the change of the century, sisters Elizabeth and Diana are not so lucky. They have to act a certain way, attend certain events and their mate can only be someone acceptable to society and their family. In the previous book of this s...more
It was a great book. Not as good as the first one, because by the time it came out, I had forgotten some of the characters. The downside is that the ending was terrible. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Don't get me wrong, it was well written, and I suppose it was realistic since if it didn't happen we wouldn't really get to see one of the main characters at all anymore, because she would've been gone. But it was just awful. I don't want to say what happened, but I absolutly hated it. I started cry...more
2.5 Stars

Parts of the book were genuinely intriguing and piqued my interest especially where Henry/Diana and Will and Elizabeth were concerned. It wasn't so much their relationships that were interesting as the scandal they would cause once those relationships were brought to light that could have been interesting.

However, for the most part, with the exception of four characters, everyone in this series so far has been mean, spiteful, catty, manipulative and self obsessed. And, it gets to be a b...more
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Queen of Saucy Salsa (and other spicy things)
Everything about Rumors is grand and beautiful-the name, the cover, the setting, the plot. Best-selling author Anna Godbersen paints a vivid picture of drama, jealousy, betrayal, and scandal in this breath-taking sequel to the romance novel The Luxe.
New York City seems to be at its height of awesome-ness, where socialites gossip, rumours spread, and scandal takes over. It is 1899, and Diana Holland, beautiful and mischievous daughter of the late Mr. Edward Holland, is madly in love with a man sh...more
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Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
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“So this was betrayal. It was like being left alone in the desert at dusk without water or warmth. It left your mouth dry and will broken. It sapped your tears and made you hollow.” 147 likes
“Diana knew it wouldn't be right, but then she told herself that things only looked wrong when there was someone to see you.” 138 likes
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