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Gossip Girl meets the Gilded Age in this delicious and compelling novel, the third in the New York Times bestselling series from author Anna Godbersen.

In the thrilling third installment of Anna Godbersen’s bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan’s most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 405 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by HarperCollins
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Elia The first person is Penelope's mother in law, and the man is Penelope's brother Grayson (it refers to her as a "matron" so that is someone older and m…moreThe first person is Penelope's mother in law, and the man is Penelope's brother Grayson (it refers to her as a "matron" so that is someone older and married, plus Penelope is mentioned later). Elizabeth is second, then Lena, then Henry and Penelope, with Diana last, being the only one whose name is given. (less)
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"The paintings in this gallery are particularly nice."

I laughed when I came across this quote near the end of the novel because it very aptly sums up how painfully dull this series actually is. And yet... I continue to read. Somehow Anna Godbersen manages to capture my attention with every new chapter. And somehow my loyalties jump from character to character no matter how selfish or stupid they act. One minute I'm rooting for Diana, the next I'm scheming with Penelope, and finally I'm wondering
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
#1.) The Luxe ★★★
#2.) Rumours ★★.5
#3.) Envy ★★

why do I keep reading these books? Please send help.

With every instalment I read, my enjoyment along with my sanity goes downhill. I blame the perfectionist in me, because I need to finish the series! Even if I really don't care, I want to tick off another series from my TBR, and seeing one more book left to read kills me a little inside.

Luckily my library has the audiobooks of these available, so I can mindlessly read them rather than wasting brai
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was so deliciously addicting, I couldn't put it down. The Luxe series seems to get better with each book, as this one is currently my favorite in the series - I really liked the time spent with all the main characters, even the ones you love to hate. And I am of course on the edge of my seat in anticipation of the next book in this series, Splendor (release date unknown). ...more
Dec 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Oh the angst! My heart bleeds. Henry made me cry. Diana made me grit my teeth and Elizabeth made me sigh in exasperation. What's next I ask you?

While this series is ridiculous and completely over the top, it is a fabby guilty pleasure read. I swear the characters, apart from Penelope, are a few grapes short of a bushel, but vati are they entertaining.

Penelope has successfully trapped Henry into marring her, but because she is an evil, scheming wench, he is refusing to bed her, lol. She is certai
Jan 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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Nov 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Nothing happens in this book. It is one long set-up for the next book (which I have heard is the last?). I was only mildly entertained by the change of scenery, but I was mostly annoyed at how none of the characters matured. Please! Penelope is still conniving, Diana is still naive, Elizabeth is still pathetic, Carolina is still clueless, and Henry is still drunk. Am I really supposed to believe that no one suspects the guy Elizabeth ends up marrying of having some kind of ulterior motive? And w ...more
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Third Luxe book and my favorite cover to date. Could just be that it's Diana on the cover and she's my favorite character...but I really like the dress. Actually, this is my favorite book of the three as well. And I really wasn't sure it would be. What with Henry and Penelope being...shudder. But this one seemed the most real. People grew up and, in a couple of notable cases, grew spines. Whether or not it will all be too little too late remains to be seen. The fourth (and final) Luxe book, Sple ...more
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Anne Osterlund
Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series is an exercise in contradictions. Exquisite in its descriptions of the phenomenal wealth of turn of the century New York society. Outrageous in its catastrophic tumbling into the depraved values of said society. And drive-you-up-the-wall in its depictions of flawed selfish characters. For whom— for no discernible reason—you still wish things would go well.

Even though I hate Penelope (who I’m definitely supposed to hate). And I despise Carolina (who I still don’t want
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
OMG! so excited to read this! im a big fan! <3 for: big beautiful dresses, reading about drama, old days, etc.
Sarah MacLean
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, romance
OMG. Anna Godbersen has done it again. The ending of Envy is so perfectly juicy...I just don't know how I will handle the wait for Splendor! 5 stars! ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it liked it
I can't put these books down. What is it about them? ...more
Courtney McGhee
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the type of book you just can’t stop reading because you have to know the outcome. However, I only really like two characters, the Holland sisters, and half the time I’m mad at how Diana acts. I felt like Henry was misunderstood during the first two books, but this one made me so irritated with him I just couldn’t see straight! Then there’s god awful Penelope and Carolina. I can’t stand either of them. Both of their characters are just full of evil. There’s not one time during these thre ...more
Yeah...Shouldn't have even attempted.
Petty, petty, petty, PETTY.


Like, this story did not have my attention or interest at ALL and I swallowed through it just so I can reach my 2016 reading goal...



This book makes me glad that I was never popular, or society's envy driven, boyfriend or dress driven. Cuz if I had a life like that...ugh. I would be the first person to commit suicide because I had everything.


No, no no no and no.

Meera K.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
OH GOD. I swear I've had a love hate relationship with these books. THEY'RE SO BAD THAT THEY'RE GOOD! Every minute I read Envy, all I was thinking about was some flaw with a stupid character in the book or the INCREDIBLY boring plot line. But I just HAD TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN! And after I finished Envy at like 2 AM.. I got up and picked up Splendor. Doesn't sound like I hate them.. but believe me.. I HAVE SO MANY COMPLAINTS.

FIRSTLY: Stupid Characters
Elizabeth: Okay, I understand the tra
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Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for

It's 1900 in New York, and scandal and gossip are never far behind.

Elizabeth Holland is back and everyone is awaiting her re-entrance into society. But things are not as they seem in No. 17 Gramercy Park. Elizabeth and her sister, Diana, are both grieving the loss of their loved ones. When the sisters are invited along on a trip to Florida by the newly married Schoonmakers, they decide this is the perfect escape.

Penelope Schoon
Sep 20, 2008 rated it liked it
This third installment of the Luxe series was just as good as the first two books. The relationships between the characters are tangled and soap-opera dramatic, but nothing so confusing that I couldn't follow the story line from the first book. As with the first two books, the prologue hints at the ending, but by the time I got to the ending, what I had imagined to be happening was something entirely different - in a good way.

The one nit-picky thing that bugged me was how the author describes C
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Feb 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
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Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Same level of interesting enough to keep me reading but not amazing enough to be considered a favorite or one I would read again as the others. I did enjoy the twists and turns of the end, and can't wait to see the conclusion in the last book. ...more
Dannalie Diaz
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Such irritating characters, such spoiled rich kids, yet such an addicting series. Still waiting for that plot hole in book 1 to be addressed, though...
Tahle série mě pořád baví! Gossip girl je prostě moje. Penelopa jede. Upřímně mě jen štve Lina, jejíž PoV fakt nemám ráda. Ugh. Drama, drama, drama... can't wait for the last book.


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Envy starts where Rumours ended. Our four heroines deal with problems concerning their popularity and social status. Gossip Girl set in 20th century comes with a new challenges, including a trip to Florida. I was quite happy with this plot twist because surroundings in NY get quite repetitive afte
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. It's a trashy soap opera, but it is entertaining. ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Envy is the third instalment in The Luxe series. It picks up right where Rumors left off, with enough scandal to drive even the calmest of readers’ crazy.

Mr Henry Schoonmaker – one of New York’s most eligible bachelors, and the love of Diana Holland’s life – has a new wife, and he’s not one bit happy about it, either. How could he be, when the love of his life is not the woman to whom he is now legally bound? Henry can’t even bring himself to look at Penelope with affection so how is he going to
After reading Rumors, I took a break from this series and I think it was the right thing to do. The books aren't hard to follow and they are all very similar, so I think I would have enjoyed Envy less if I had read it right after Rumors.

Still, I didn't enjoy Envy as much as I enjoyed the first book in this series. I think it might have peaked there, if I'm honest, but the other books are still mindlessly entertaining. They are quick, light reads with lots of drama to keep you turning the page.
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
This series is just so Soap Opera"ish" to me! You get a couple together and then some evil character who looks absolutely beautiful comes and tears them apart. No one can say what is obvious to say which drives me bonkers. Again the book had potential but because of all the stupid drama it was hard to find the good. I think the story could have been much better and more entertaining if it wasn't so cliche. I again would say that this book needs to be read if you are 18 or older hence the adult t ...more
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Anna Godbersen has a very nice writing style. It's formal, yet relaxing to read. Her third book in the Luxe series, Envy, continues the story of the Diana and Elizabeth Holland, Penelope Hayes, and Carolina Broad. The books take place in New York at the turn of the century and it gives us a glimpse of high society and the proper etiquette of the period.

The books are addicting. I enjoyed the The Luxe and Rumors so much that I read them both in one day. You feel for the characters and how they wer
Oct 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of my biggest pet peeves is when the star-crossed lovers have all these obstacles in their way that would be solved if THEY WOULD JUST TALK. I hate the whole "Oh he's acting differently than I thought. I'll make some dramatic conclusion and act on that without confronting him or waiting for an explanation. The consequences will be permanent and disastrous, but no need to stop and think about it. Here we go!"

Ugh. And what the hell, the exciting part about the last book was the promise that E
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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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