The Luxe, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (8 ratings)

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Imagine, if you will, New York City, 1899 ...Society's elite: the glamour, the grandeur, the glittering parties, the most handsome beaus, the most beautiful debutantes ...the rich girl, the humble boy, the forbidden love, the hushed whispers, the stolen glances, the whispers, the scandal, the mystery, the revenge ...You are cordially invited to step into The Luxe, where the secrets are dark and the sins are delicious ...R.S.V.P.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780141323367

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Thought this book was a cross between Gone With The Wind and Jackie Collins. Really good fun to read and great if you want something not ot taxing.

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2

I don't think I've ever been quite so irritated by a book.It's very easy to read and the descriptions of various gowns and balls are beautiful. The narrative switches to different POV's flawlessly... and yet I really had to force myself to finish this book.It's a story of unlikeable people whining about their own trivial problems. That's all this book is - a book of whining. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters, nor who was sneaking around with whom.The writing is good, but the characters are not.

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3

The Luxe appealed to my (long gone) 15 year old self. Historical fiction, pretty dresses, handsome boys, romance- plus the covers are gorgeous. I would have loved this book as a teenager- Gossip Girl in the 1800s. Sadly now, I have grown up and so has my reading taste.Don’t expect embellished, historical scenes- except for the horses and lack of mobile phones this series could have been set anywhere. There are some mentions of New York street names and hotels, but I could probably have done the same level of detail having watched Sex and the City. The characters also speak more like Gossip Girl than Edith Wharton characters and are a lot more openly scandalous.The story (this is the first of a four book series) opens with a funeral, then traces back to the events leading up to the said funeral. I found the storyline quite pedestrian until the serious plotting and backstabbing begins about halfway through the book. There is a lot of jumping around between characters and fairly poor characterisation. What I do like is the letters/newspaper articles that start each chapter.Will I read the rest of the series? I do want to find out what happens, so I most likely will. But I think The Age of Innocence would appeal more to the more mature reader.

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5

I wasn't sure what to expect with this series but this book was fantastic. I love historical fiction but it also had the intrigue and game-playing of the rich and famous in 1899 New York. I'm not a fan of soap shows on the TV but this book had that feeling although not as drawn out. Highly recommend!

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I found this a very silly book. I wouldn't have picked it up if it were not for my pledge to read everything listed in the Reading Passport (see thread in 75 book challenge group). Having said that, the characterisation was just good enough for me to be curious about what happens in the next book. It begins with the funeral of an 18 year old society beauty, on what should have been her wedding day in 1899. We then go back a few months to learn about the events that lead to her tragic end. The characters are engaging, but the milieu seems merely an excuse for idle rich women, corsets, lace and attractive stable hands. Quite apart from the different moral codes of the day, no woman at the turn of the 20th century could risk so much indiscreet carrying on for the fear of exposure, callumny and pregnancy - the girls in this book have obviously never heard of the idea of carnal immorality, and are all conveniently infertile. The chapters start with little snippets of letters and newspaper cuttings (from the gossip columns, obviously) and this is a nice touch, but the author could have made more of an effort with the tone and language - they do not ring true. Not a book for lovers of historical fiction - the 'historical' aspect is purely a device for gathering the glamour of the past.

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