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

As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal...or more precious than a secret.

True love. False friends. Scandalous gossip. This is Manhattan, 1899.

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 Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind--including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.

"Mystery, romance, jealousy, betrayal, humor, and gorgeous, historically accurate details. I couldn't put The Luxe down!" --Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl series

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009
ISBN: 9780061345715


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Jan 23, 2013

*spoil's the reading* why does will have to die?!

Anita Popescu
Jul 10, 2012

Rumors really stood up to its title: there were so many story lines that intertwined to make this book rich in plot. The only downside was how much I just wanted to throw this book across the room because of all of the backstabbing that was happening and how all the antagonists were prospering while the protagonists kept falling down.

Dec 28, 2011

I really liked this book. It was paced well, and had just enough tension that kept you reading and wanting more. I was a bit upset about the demise of one of my favourite characters at the ending, but, still can't wait until the next book. :) 5 stars.

Oct 13, 2011

Sometimes I really love cliffhangers, and other times I really hate them... I can't wait to read Envy! :\ But in the meantime I'll read some other books on my tbr list. ;)

Apr 19, 2010

New York coming of age and try to snare a good husband. Way better than other angsty teen romances out there, with believable female characters trying to live within their society's rules, yet straining against them.

Elizabeth has escaped to the west, leaving behind a destitute family. Penelope has her eyes set on Henry, but Henry seems to truly be mourning his supposedly dead fiance. But unbeknownsed to Penelope, Henry has fallen in love with Elizabeth's sister, Diana. His melancholy comes not from mourning, but from straining against the social rules that prevent a young man from dating his dead fiance's sister.

Add to all of this the historical social climbing of former maid Lena and you have a juicy story filled with gossip, backbiting, family duty, tragedy and romance that will keep you turning pages well into the night.

Feb 01, 2010

Exhilarating! wat a GOOD boook! ii really think people should read it, I loved the first book ( The luxe) and this is the 2nd one and omg this book wass amazing! i didnt think it would turn out to be as good as it did, the ending is alittle bit sad for elizzzabith though! but what happens in book 3 (envy) makes it better. I LOVE THIS SERIES!

Sep 27, 2008

Not as good as the first one, but definately still one of my favourite teen novels. Love the descriptions of the clothing and etiquette of the era, and although the storyline may seem a bit silly at times, the characters really keep you hooked.


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whiteshadow13 Jan 18, 2012

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.


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