The Luxe By Anna Godbersen

6 Feb



The year is 1899 and we find ourselves in New York amongst the incredibly, wonderfully rich. We are surrounded by the fabulous people of high society. In this glitzy world, we meet Elizabeth Holland.

Elizabeth Holland is a woman torn between two worlds. She is one of the rich and part of high society, one of the few families in New York that are in high standing. She has no care in the world except to be a good girl and live her privileged life. But not everything is as it seems.


After her father dies, Elizabeth thinks that they are well off. But that is far from the truth. It transpires that, unless Elizabeth marries a man who has money, their family will be destitute. She is hastily engaged to Henry Schoonmaker, much to her hearts despair.


Elizabeth knows that she can never love Henry because her heart loves another. Her heart belongs to Will, the family’s coach man. Though he is below her in class standing, her heart loves him anyways.


There are many, though, that would love to see Elizabeth fall from grace.


Her friend Penelope Hayes loves Henry and wants him for herself. From a family of neauveau riche, she can never hope to achieve the social standing that Elizabeth holds; unless she marries Henry. But Henry does not love Penelope or Elizabeth. Henry’s heart belongs to Elizabeth’s sister Diana.


Diana knows that it’s wrong to lust after Henry. She knows that Penelope wants him for her own and that he is Elizabeth’s fiancée. But she doesn’t care. She is sick of being a good girl, sick of always doing what she is told. She’d much rather behave like one of the heroines from the romances she reads and follow her heart instead of her head.


When all of these people collide, and dangerous secrets are brought out into the open, the world will never be the same.


Behind each closed door there are secrets. Inside each heart beats desire. Good girls being bad, bad girls being bad. Beautiful women, handsome men, dangerous secrets. Welcome to Manhattan in 1899.


From the first page, I was drawn into a world filled with money, fabulous dresses, amazing scandals, dangerous secrets, forbidden desires and fantastic luxuries. Though I didn’t expect to be able to read more than ten pages, I ended up loving, and devouring, the entire novel in one weekend.


Aside from the vivid descriptions of the world in the 1800’s and the clothes and the lavish houses and possessions, what struck me most about The Luxe was that it is a very human novel.


Stories of lust, love and betrayal are as old as time but never have they been told like this. The rich details of clothes and jewels fall away when we are shown how people had to behave over a hundred years ago. The rules of etiquette and society are fascinating and absolutely incredible.

The Luxe is like a fabulous gulp of champagne. Part romance, part intrigue, part historical fiction, The Luxe is for anyone who loves a great book. But you don’t have to take my word for it.


Read it yourself and experience all the luxury The Luxe has to offer.






One Response to “The Luxe By Anna Godbersen”

  1. Liudmila February 6, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    Love your reviews. I will try to read it asap.

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