Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen

So I decided to branch back into one of my favorite genres of literature since I was a small child, historical fiction. It was something I enjoyed for a while growing up until I started getting to caught up in the vampire and angel mania. I mostly decided to read it because on Amazon it showed how if I liked Gossip Girl I would like this story.

The Luxe (Luxe 1)
Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.This is Manhattan, 1899.
Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone--from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud--threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent

So this pretty much sums it up but I won't give an to in depth details. 

In book 1, Elizabeth Holland's father dies and then it does not surprise me that he had so many debts and that the family is poor, so then Mrs. Holland tells Elizabeth her only chance to save the family's reputation is to marry the son of the wealthiest man Henry Shoonmaker, but Elizabeth's been having an affair with her late father's valet/ coach runner. When Elizabeth's best friend, Penelope, discovers about her affair with the help and threatens to ruin her reputation, mind you and this is her best friend ( But Penelope is only doing this so that way she could have Henry for herself). So Elizabeth fakes her death leave social elite.

Book 2, Elizabeth runs away with her lover and leaves her social elite life behind. She returns when she receives a letter from her sister telling her her mother is ill, then she and her lover, Will elope. Henry, Elizabeth's former fiance is forced to marry Elizabeth's bet friend because she catches Henry sleeping with Elizabeth's younger sister, and threatens to expose him (doesn't she sound like a peach). 

Book 3 Henry and Penelope are still in their stupid marriage, they don't do anything. Henry decides to escape his crazy and malicious wife to join the military.after a a horrific event Elizabeth then returns to New York where there she rekindles with a childhood friend, but soon finds out she's pregnant with her late lovers child then marries her late father's business partner to avoid bringing the family to more shame than they already have.

Book 4 Elizabeth thinks she's happy, but she then discovers some shocking secrets about her new husband who saved her family from shame, only to find out her new husband might have been involved in her father's death, never mind the damsel in distress but she is soon rescued by her childhood friend Teddy Cunning. 

OMG this is the most juiciest Historical fiction series I have ever read! I loved every single page if this series! It was so fascinating to read. I was really pissed off when my favorite character died in book two, I was like "OH MY GOD! How could she do this!" I was so shocked and upset and angry at the author! I don't know if whether or not the Holland's were a real family but I am now researching to see if it their existence was true! Reading this series was like reading a historical version of my favorite show and book series Gossip Girl, who would have thought that girls back in this day were capable of doing such scandalous things! It's shocking! 

I found this video on youtube, which I DO NOT OWN OR USING FOR PROFIT, but I agree with this video on the cast member for if it was to be a film adaption.