I bought this book, ages ago, because of it’s pretty cover. I didn’t know what it was about, nor did I care; I just loved the look of it. Once I read the description and added it to my TBR, I’m glad I grabbed it.
In October of 1899, in New York City, Elizabeth Holland is too busy being dead to marry Mr Henry Schoonmaker. Her body hasn’t been found, but as her carriage toppled, throwing her into the Hudson, it’s unlikely that she made it out. The Luxe is what happens before that.
Elizabeth (or Lizzie), is in love with someone she shouldn’t be. But she finds out that her family is doing far less well than they were before her father’s death. Per her mother, she must marry for money, and elevate the family. She is engaged to Henry Schoonmaker, a known playboy whose act could use some tidying. Their engagement is perfect; she receives the financial stability that her family needs, and he is less of an embarrassment to his family. The main thing standing in their way is Penelope.
Penelope has been Lizzie’s friend for quite some time. Friend in the “enemies closer” sense, though Lizzie has no idea. Penelope is also in love with Henry; the two of them have had a secret tryst happening for quite some time. But with the engagement, that has to stop, according to him.
This book is all rich folks with too much time on their hands. They’re worried about themselves, and the way they’re seen; nothing else. I really enjoyed it, and am so excited to (eventually) read its sequels! I was really interested in seeing what mischief the characters could get up to next, and how foolish they would all look in the end. I did struggle with the pacing at first (it felt more slow than I wanted), but it gained speed quickly.
I’m glad I grabbed myself a copy of The Luxe; it’s a lot of fun, and a good fluff read. The substance is not overbearing, and the story is just the right amount of fluffy. It’s a good snow day book, or beach book. Grab yourself a copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or anywhere else books are sold!
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