Rumors (Luxe #2)
After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.
All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, p...more
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
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
More coherent review coming someday when I get over the shock of this ending.
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
I've realized now that the Luxe series aren't based only one particular charac...more
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.
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
But I know I'm going to read the third one anyway... aha.
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
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
On a side note, Lina or "Carolina Broad"...more
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
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
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
Diana. Oh how I loved your lurv making scene with sweet Henry, although I noticed how you were in your bedroom, so why you resulted to doing it on the floor instead of the...more