Romance in the Turn of the Century New York, Intrigue and Scandal Abound

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I have this horrible tendency to read the first book in a series and then stop before the next one, not because I don't like it but because I find something else to read. It's the whole "attracted to shiny objects" characteristic translated to my book list. But after staring at The Luxe for weeks after it came out, mesmorized by that humongus gown on the front cover, I finally picked it up.

 

 I loved every moment of it. Right off the bat, we have scandal and intrigue: the mysterious death of a young Manhattan socialite. But the intrigue doesn't stop there. Godbersen does a great job of creating characters that practically live and breathe alongside us. It doesn't matter that the setting is so removed from us (1900s New York City) because the crises and interests of her heroines and heros are the same as today. We love, we lust, to want what we can't have, and we do whatever is necessary to get it.

 

 As a quick aside, I realized after finishing the first book in the series that it appeals to me because my favorite "classic" author is Edith Wharton. Wharton penned The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and, my personal all-time favorite, The House of Mirth. It's clear that Godbersen is influenced by and respects Wharton as well. The time period is similar, the society in which the characters live, and their class problems and struggles all originally stream from Wharton's pen.

 

I hope that any teen who enjoys this series might look to Wharton for more.

Comments
by BooksObsession on ‎04-30-2009 06:41 PM
I've heard some great reviews about this book, and I'm eager to read it. I'm usually not a fan for historical-fiction but this looks intriguing.
by NYCbookluver on ‎08-06-2009 02:47 PM
This series is one of my favorite! I love how it is set in the renaissance and interprets the time frame very well. The book grabbed me right away with the scandal and secrets. This book is filled with girls trying to keep up a constant good girl fascade. Inside, their lives are full of scandal, backstabbing and secrets that keep you hooked tell the very end. I have read all the books and am looking forward to the next book, Splendor to come out! These are great books!!! I recomend them to everyone!!!

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