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Splendor: A Luxe Novel [Kindle Edition]

Anna Godbersen
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Ending...... November 8, 2009
I agree with others in that the end seemed rushed. I am not upset about the "no happy ending" with Diana and Henry. I am upset to the fact that it's not right. I understand from previous books that Diana is free spirited and so on. But how do you have a character go off in the end by herself when she had just gotten back from traveling all over to try and find Henry in the war? It just doesn't make sense to me. I can see how the author would have ended it that way but I truly think it should have been something more than "whispers" that would send her away without Henry.

The other ends are meh. Lina got what she deserved, be brought back down to earth. Penelope did not at all (what a shame). Elizabeth, Teddy coming in to rescue her (couple of days later??) was nice because he always did have a thing in the other books but that seemed rushed too.

Overall the book was okay but I did not enjoy this one as much as the other ones.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 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 4 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.
Published 5 months ago by Eva Wood
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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
Published 9 months ago by abe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the charater Diana...
So much fun to read, and takes you back to the early 1900's, in a wealthier time. Great chick-lit for sure!
Published 10 months ago by Diana Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I have all the books in the Luxe series. I'm not one for history or books set back in the day. But these books are written in such a great way that it's interesting in how the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love how this ended!
Let me say first, this wasn't what I expected. I was expecting a simple, although elegant, wrapping up the fairytale for everyone with Penny getting her just desserts. Right? Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. Blaylock
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Splendour: Luxe novel
I was looking forward to seeing all their problems solved as I had read two preceding novels of this series. Alas, not everyone had a happy ending. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DzngWmn
4.0 out of 5 stars I wanted more...
This was a great conclusion to a fantastic series. I am totally satisfied with the resolution of Elizabeth, Lina, Claire, Teddy, and Snowden's stories. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to the series!
I had read The Luxe about a year ago, but I forgot to read the others, when I finally got around to it, I was not disappointed! Read more
Published 13 months ago by charleslove
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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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