Envy, the third book in the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, picks up shortly after where Rumors left off. I’d prefer not to give much of a description about the plot as it would reveal details from the first two and if you haven’t read those yet, you need to! I love these books! They are set in New York City at the turn of the century and center around four young women and their life in the upper class. The cover of the first book, The Luxe, is what drew me in to the first one, and I expected it to be a historical fiction version of Gossip Girl, but it is so much more! The girls must manuver their way through love and betrayal, all while trying to not bring shame to their family name. Godbersen does an excellent job of developing each individual character, and even when I don’t like a character, I remain invested in their storyline. Godbersen is descriptive with her settings, characters, and clothing, although there is only so many times I can read about a character’s clavicles before I feel like she’s trying to bash me over the head to remind me how slender said character is.
The plot speeds along and the twists will surprise you. There is one particular character whom I can’t wait to catch up with in the fourth and final novel, Splendor. Her actions right at the end leave an enormous cliffhanger. I am also intrigued by something mentioned in the prologue that was never resolved, unless I totally missed it. Godberson’s Luxe prologues tend to describe the end of the book, but then you have to read the whole book to figure out how everyone gets to that point and what exactly is going on. In this prologue, it is mentioned that a female character is removing her corset in front of a man who is not her husband, and I don’t remember this couple’s identity being revealed. I have my suspicions, but if I missed the reveal, please tell me!
If you are at all interested in reading these, Harper Collins currently has the first book, The Luxe, available free as an ebook. You have to pay to download it, I believe, but if you don’t mind reading it on your computer screen, it’s free!
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