The Luxe


Title: The Luxe

Author: Anna Godbersen

Summary: The story opens with the 1899 funeral of New York City’s premier debutante, Elizabeth Holland.  From there, the author travels back two weeks to tell the story of Elizabeth Holland and her rich friends, secret love, and vicious enemies.  The cast of characters includes: Diane Holland, the younger sister, filled with barely restrained rebelliousness and a complete disinterest in polite society; Penelope Hayes, the best friend, a spoiled and cunning beauty bent on having everything her heart desires; Henry Schoonmaker, New York City’s premier bachelor and the distant fiancee of Elizabeth Holland; and Will Keller and Lina Broud, servants and former friends from Elizabeth’s childhood. 

Who will like this:  Fans of historical sweeping drama and romance told in a Gossip Girl fashion.

If you like this, try this: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Recommended by: Jennifer, Branch Teen Librarian