After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.
All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous
sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's
most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never
extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her
best friend left behind--including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming
former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and
breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.
As old friends
become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures
threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to "The
Luxe," nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious
than a secret.
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Something I've just noticed was that the English edition has an extra
letter - the American spelling is Rumors, I believe. I prefer the
English edition because of the pretty decorations, all the flowers and
swirlys are rather appealing!
I did enjoy this book but found The Luxe to be more exciting and
readable. This is a great read if you loved the Luxe and want to know
more about the characters lives (which I did) but the pace slows down
quite a lot. The main thing I felt throughout this book was frustration.
I was frustrated with Lina the most, who's still pining after Will,
thinking if she makes herself look more like Elizabeth she'll win him.
In doing so she becomes more in love with herself throughout the book. I
definitely disliked her character the most.
I was also annoyed with the ending. Really annoyed. I did not want it to
end the way it did, which was quite shocking after keeping with a
steady (albeit slightly boring) pace throughout.
The story starts off the same way as Luxe - with an unknown narrator,
telling you of an event that will happen in future, before dragging you a
few weeks back into the past, so you can read about the events that led
up to the event.
For the series to pick up pace again, some pretty awesome stuff better
happen in the next book, I want fairytale weddings and rainbows next
time, Miss Godberson, you hear?