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Friday, March 20, 2009

Envy: a Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

Title: Envy: a Luxe Novel
Author: Anna Godbersen
ISBN: 9780061345722
Publisher: HarperCollins

"Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, however, those watching New York's favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South.

Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city's most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope's finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope's social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune - and her fame - are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping tales to the eager press."

I absolutely loved this third installment of the Luxe series. I've never much been into historical fiction, but this series has pulled me in. When I first read about the series, someone wrote that it was Gossip Girl meets the 1890s. And I have to wholeheartedly agree - in the best of both worlds (even though we've moved in to 1900 in this book). It's definitely gossipy and snippy... but it's so much fun!! Nothing ever turns out like I expect it to - but isn't that always the way :).
Definitely recommended for historical fic lovers... and if you're into the realistic fiction stuff, I'd recommend it. Just cause you feel like you're there :). It's a great series, and I can't wait for the next book to come out!
Other online reviews: Here, here, and here. There are plenty of other glowing reviews out there as well. Enjoy!!

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