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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  19,586 ratings  ·  1,578 reviews
New Beginnings.
Shocking Revelations.
Unexpected Endings.

As spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new roles as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.

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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 391 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Harper (first published October 1st 2009)
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Sep 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
I'm kind of shocked that I'm giving this book one star, since I have been in love with the series thus far. Ann Godbersen's writing is as beautiful and captivating as ever in SPLENDOR and some very satisfying things do happen in it, but the ending was so disappointing that I felt as if I'd wasted my time getting attached to her characters. Here are the things about the way this book ended that bothered me.

1. The Snowden/Elizabeth plot line didn't feel completely developed. I wanted details about
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Feb 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Stupid, stupid ending to the series. I wasn't that invested in the series and I still managed to be dumbfounded by how poorly it ended.

The only character that ends up with a remotely happy ending is Elizabeth. I actually really enjoyed her pairing with Teddy, although their story and the resolution with Cairns was a bit too... I don't know... something. Too quick? Too predictable. I'm not sure.

I can't really deny that Lina got her just desserts, and I actually liked that she was a
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May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of YA romance
Recommended to liz by: no one
Shelves: girl-books
I picked up this series of books several months ago to fill my head with nonsense after Lariann died. Reading was a good distraction from the trauma of real life.I read a lot of books the months following, but these are the only ones I have decided I want in my personal collection. The Luxe, Rumors and Envy were a joy to read.

These books follow the life path or 4 young women between 1899-1900 as young New York City Socialites: Elizabeth, Diana, Penelope, and Carolina and their trials and tribula
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, ya
A total guilty pleasure book series - 1900 Gossip Girl, basically. I liked it, but I was kind of bummed out with the ending. I can see where the author was trying to go, with the Edith Wharton comparisons, but it was sad that Henry, specifically, didn't get to be happy. ...more
Anne Osterlund
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Everyone in Splendor is searching.

Diana in Cuba. Henry in the military. Elizabeth in the marriage she chose over abortion. Carolina who has bought her own mansion-next-door to the man she hopes will fulfill her wildest dreams. And Penelope. In the entirely foreign position of New York’s DISAPPROVAL.

The ultimate lesson in the ultimate epic of Ana Godbersen’s Luxe series is this. There is one person you can never escape from.


As EVERYONE has to learn. Eventually.

I think this was my favorit
Virginia Mae
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it

To explain my rating, I would give this book five stars right up until the last ten pages or so, which were horrendous.

"The Luxe" has been a beautifully crafted series, replete with gorgeous historical details and a sparkling world full of fascinating characters. At the center of this world, there were Diana and Henry, the core romance of the saga. After everything these two went through to be together, it is not just downright stupid that they would not end up together. It is also compl
Oct 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
For six months I have waited in anxious anticipation for the conclusion of the Luxe series. Now after reading I feel that a small part of me is broken. I will never look at the series with an excitement and happiness. Instead there will alway be this bite of sadness.

I understood why Anna took the characters where she did. It made sense and I can justify it in my mind. It still was bitterly sad to me and for that I just can't say I liked the book.

Diana has been my favorite character in these no
May 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Okay, maybe love is too strong a word. Yay (sort of) for Carolina, a character I never really liked and don't really care about. Yay for Penelope who is out of character when she pushes aside appearances, exposes herself to censure very much earned by her behavior, and learns a lesson in humility.... but not really because all these people don't really seem to have consequences to any of their actions. And Diana? She abandons the only thi ...more
Tracy Hope
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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"She bent her neck and looked down on Fifth Avenue. The sun faded from the sky and the light around them grew purple and soft, and she began to feel that they might go on, just as they were, for a very long time."

While I truly appreciated the end to each of the characters' stories, I felt that most of this final installment was rather trite. I don't think a fourth book was necessary; Anna Godbersen probably could have kept the series tighter and more entertaining if she had written it as a trilo
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A suitable ending to a pretentious tale."

This series, at its heart, is a soap opera. A tabloid-esque drama circa 1900. I believe the ending fit this series perfectly, and I really couldn't foresee it any other way.



Plot: 4.7/5 –A guilty pleasure through and through…Everything played out splendidly. I think, I always felt this is the way it should have went.
Characters: 4.5/5 –Conclusively, they all got what they deserved in the end. From the good to the bad.
The Feels: 4/5 --Not necessarily the
Caroline (Words & Whispers)
Nov 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, my-library
This series had been winding down since the first book ended, and this books ends where I suppose it should have. I loved The Luxe and Rumors and Envy managed to keep me hooked, but Splendor was a little too much melodramatic plot twists and forced endings. While Penny remains as evil as ever, she ends ups with what she really wanted, and Carolina, the former lowly maid Lina, who I personally was starting to forgive and beginning to root for again, lost a lot of what she was gaining. Carolina's ...more
Ms. Schneeman
Feb 21, 2010 rated it liked it
My heart is broken once again. Why do fictional characters toy with my emotions so easily?
Dec 29, 2009 rated it liked it

Hey, I have to say that the first three books in this series were to die for. I mean, I read them over the course of a week- Christmas week to be exact. I mean, I went out of my way to find each book and bought the last two (rare, for me) because I couldn't wait for the library to get them to me.

But this one was good too, well- up to the last few chapters. Teddy and Diana were a couple that I very much related to, and I thought that it was downright shoddy of the author to co
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
While I am saddened that this addiciting and pleasurable series is now over, I was pleased by the ending of this book. My initial assumptions about Elizabeth's new husband, Snowden Cairns, the former business partner of her father's, proved correct, as he was certainly not the knight in shining armor he seemed to be in the last book; however, his shocking treatment of a with-child Elizabeth was not quite as expected, and I am glad that the former Miss Keller found happiness elsewhere, as it was ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, best-of-2017
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I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
This was a great conclusion to a fantastic series. I am totally satisfied with the resolution of Elizabeth, Lina, Claire, Teddy, and Snowden's stories. The ending of Diana and Henry's stories, as well as Penelope's to some extent, left me so, so disappointed. It's been two days since I finished Splendor and I can't shake the sense of melancholy that settled on me after finishing it, all due to the bittersweet ending for Diana. It didn't make me not like the series, but I think I would have liked ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
I loved The Luxe, Envy and Rumors, but this book was a huge disappointment to me. So much of the plot just seemed overdone like Elizabeth's situation with her new husband. And it seemed like no one except Lina got what they deserved. Penny got exactly what she wanted, in guessing that she really didn't want to the prince. I think she really just used him as he used her as a way to try to tell Henry she didn't need him anyway. And Henry was so cheated from the happiness he should have had becaus ...more
Oct 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: For those who are happy with realistic outcomes and not all blissful romance
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Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I'm a little underwhelmed with the finale to this four book series. The romance in the series was mostly well written and focused but the last book almost went too many places with the affections of its main characters; as if to throw the reader off and surprise them but I guess it didn't surprise me.

There were some loose ends and oddities that bugged me throughout the series that causes me to give this book (the last) a three star. Relationships that were pivotal to many storylines just kind of
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I love this series and this fourth installment is just as addictive as the rest but i was SO disappointed with the ending!

So much of the last 2 books has been building up the relationship between Henry and Diana. And the reader wants it all to work out for them. The obstacle of Penelope becomes easily removed and all should be simple for the young lovers to really be together which is what the reader has been waiting for. I undertand the motivation of the move to Paris but for Diana to go to su
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have difficulty reviewing this objectively, as I love the Luxe series more than I care to admit. But Splendor is a bold and fitting ending to the series. Godbersen isn't afraid to make difficult choices about her characters, which I appreciate, yet I think she'll still please fans of the series. A fantastic finale.

* NOTE: I read this in manuscript format so there will most likely be changes between now and publication.
Courtney McGhee
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing ending. I wasn’t happy with how anyone’s story turned out besides Elizabeth’s! The evil people never truly got what they deserved and the people you wanted to be together were torn apart. Irritated is an understatement after having read all four of these books for it to end this way.
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I've wanted to read this series since first seeing the sweeping gowns on the cover nearly 7 years ago at Books a Million. I wish I had read them a tad sooner, but I'm glad I didn't read them when I first saw the series. I wasn't ready or understanding enough to appreciate that happy
Cialina (Muggle-Born)
May 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-ebook, 2010
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so. here's the thing: despite the fact that i still don't understand or really like lina and never found her appealing, i think all the strands of the series are wrapped up perfectly.

(i also love the fact that it's davis barnard that believes in diana's writing in the beginning, which ultimately leads to the perfect ending - barnard pride, people!!)

it isn't the perfect ending for everyone, at all. but it's so wharton-esque it kind of creeps me out. the last scene of henry and penelope reminds m
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Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Other books in the series

Luxe (4 books)
  • The Luxe (Luxe, #1)
  • Rumors (Luxe, #2)
  • Envy (Luxe, #3)

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