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Splendor: A Luxe Novel [Kindle Edition]

Anna Godbersen
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New beginnings.

Shocking revelations.

Unexpected endings.

A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.

Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.

In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

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About the Author

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on the sequel to The Lucky Ones.

Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061626317
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SR2Q50
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Conclusion November 4, 2009
I was very satisfied with the final installment of the Luxe saga. While some readers may be disappointed, I believe that the fate of all the characters was very appropriate. Sometimes living happily ever after and getting the girl/guy are mutually exclusive. Godbersen managed to deliver the romance and intrigue we've come to expect from this series, along with historically accurate details. The pace of the book kept me up all night to finish it, and I loved that the author managed to give us a glimpse far into the future in a way that was very natural and unobtrusive - no awkward epilogue. I loved how vivid the author's prose became at the end of the book when she was describing Diana's future. The reader really senses that there is a blossoming going on, a new and exciting adventure about to begin, without giving us too much or too little.

***Spoilers*** - Meant for people who've already read it!

I know that some readers may have been disappointed that Henry and Diana did not end up together. However, Diana had a greater destiny in store for her that New York simply couldn't contain. Her future just couldn't have included New York drawing rooms and personal fulfillment, and that's what she really deserved. Likewise, Henry would not have been content in Paris, nor could Diana have reached her full potential as an artist with Henry there. Left at the helm of the family business, Henry was too old fashioned to leave New York behind, and with his father gone he had nothing left to rebel against and run from. The characters were very young, and Diana deserves her fantastic future, filled with more adventure. I always felt that Henry wasn't the right choice for her to spend the rest of her life with.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What Happened!!! November 5, 2009
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**Ending Spoiler enclosed**

The first three books in this series were excellent. I could not wait for the forth book to finally come out so I could read about Diana and Henry finally being together! For almost four books they fought to be together...Then in the last few chapters of the final book, Henry finally gets down on one knee and purposes and Diana says NO!.....What!...Wait!...NO!!!!.... This is NOT how I envisioned the story ending. It was a huge disappointment! How can you end such a great series with such a letdown? What a terrible ending!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The book ending is just cruel. November 1, 2009
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I was so thrilled to read the conclusion of the Luxe series... I just had this feeling that somehow, some way, Diana and Henry would be together, Penelope and Carolina would get what they deserve, and Elizabeth, who never had very much luck, would find some kind of happiness without Will. Instead, Diana ends up completely alone, Elizabeth suddenly is in love with Teddy (what?!), Carolina ends up as herself but still fitting perfectly into society, and Henry and Penelope end up still together in somewhat of an open marriage. This was not the way I envisioned this series ending... and especially not as rushed as it was. We spent 3.5 books rooting on Diana and Henry just for Diana to end their relationship with some silly "It's not you, it's me" kind of talk and Henry returning to the denseness he showed in the first book (pre-Diana). The epilogue was vague and the whole series was sloppily wrapped up. This book was such a terrible ending to such a great series... and was good, right up until the end. Sigh. I guess we can't always get our happy ending.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The conclusion to the Luxe series. October 27, 2009
Spoiler warning - I don't give away the ending of this book in my review, but there are many spoilers for the previous three books in the series. So if you haven't read them yet and don't want what happens in them to be spoiled for you, I suggest not reading this review at this time!

It is summer 1900, a few month after the events of Envy, the third book in The Luxe series. Elizabeth is adjusting to her life after a marriage of convenience to Snowden Cairns, her late father's business associate, and awaiting the birth of her child by Will Keller, her first love who was tragically killed shortly after their secret marriage, a marriage she must keep secret from the rest of New York society. Diana has left New York to search for Henry, who has gone to war, leaving behind his scheming wife Penelope. And Lina is enjoying her newfound wealth and being a part of the wealthy elite she always longed to join.

However, as always, their lives are soon further complicated by more secrets, schemes, and lies. Elizabeth begins to suspect that her husband is not being entirely honest with her, and may in fact be up to something unsavory. Diana and Henry reunite and long to build a life together, but the far-reaching influence of his wealthy and powerful father complicates matters. Penelope, furious with Henry, begins to look for attention and love elsewhere. And Lina finds herself at risk of losing everything she has gained if her dishonesty about her past is uncovered.

The final book in The Luxe series, Splendor does a good job of concluding the series and resolving most of the plotlines while still leaving some future events to the imagination of the readers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Of A Letdown
This book was a bit of a disappointment, because it didn't end the way it should have. I mean, after-all, Diana and Henry should have had their happier ever after, but they didn't. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Selena#1
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Best novel ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series of Books!
I was hooked after the first book in the series. The characters are crafted with full personalities and allowed to grow within every book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what I had been looking for. A dramatic conclusion to the series.
Published 4 months ago by #SAMOM01
5.0 out of 5 stars I read the entire series in a week, and ...
I read the entire series in a week, and I don't usually get through a book that fast. The characters are described so well that you really know them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara M Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Love this book so much. I am in love with late 1800s to early 1900s. I definitely recommend it if you like or are interested in New York City socialites during that time period!
Published 7 months ago by Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending the series..
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's not as predictable as I thought it would be (which I like) but I am really disappointed in the ending.
Published 9 months ago by Jeni
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Frilly read
Loved the whole series and so will you. Light and fast reads. A great treat after all the Hunger Games & Dragon Tattoo books.
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I had found the first book to this series a month or so before I bought this one. when I ordered it I was worried that it would be damaged because I tried to go with best buy I... Read more
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Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California and moved to New York to attend Barnard College. After graduating she worked in the literary department of Esquire magazine, where she also wrote book reviews. Her debut novel was the first installment of the bestselling LUXE series for young adults, which she followed with the BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS series. THE BLONDE, to be published by Weinstein in May 2014, is her first book for grownups. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Anna Godbersen's next series
It would be really cool if they did. They would be around the same age that their parents were in the Luxe series . . . I wonder if Diana/Diana's children will make an appearence.
Oct 31, 2009 by L'Autumn |  See all 6 posts
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I was wondering that too. I mean, I'm sure that she's not going to tell anyone what she's doing. Maybe once she's in she'll write a letter to Elizabeth - after all, Elizabeth wrote a letter to Diana when she faked her death. But her mother.... She got super sick when Elizabeth "died" -... Read More
Jun 15, 2009 by melissa |  See all 38 posts
How do you feel about Luxe book 4 - Splendor ending?
to be honest i hated the ending, its probably the worst ending ive ever read, and thats saying a lot. SPOLIERS------ honestly it would have been better if henry had just died, i know that was harsh but i think we would have thaught more of their relationship and love if they did. yes, its a... Read More
Nov 1, 2009 by YAreader |  See all 24 posts
I need some good books for a 13-year-old girl!
evermore was good, i couldn't put it down.Evermore: The Immortals Read More
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