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By Library Staff on Friday, February 05, 2010
The scene is Manhattan NY 1899. Two beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan society. Or so it appears! Maybe their status as the leading social butterflies is not as secure as they perceive it to be. Suddenly, everyone-from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud-threaten Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future. And then Elizabeth disappears and New York begins to grieve. Was it all too much for her or was there a more sinister motive to her disappearance. Follow the lives of these five teenagers leading scandalous lives. This is the story of book one of the Luxe Series: by Anna Godbersen. Think Gossip Girls set in the 1800’s! There are your typical good girls, girls who are the talk of town, the wall-flowers who will be lucky to catch anything and the one who is always involved in scandal. A really good read of social class, wealth (and what it meant to marry into it), social conduct, and scandal. One wrong action could end your social standing for all time! Scandal could ruin families, and pressure on how society perceived your actions could sway important decisions....
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