Series: The Luxe,
Published by Harper Collins on March 17th 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Adolescence, Girls & Women, Historical, United States, General
Reading Challenges: 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
True love. False friends. Scandalous gossip. Welcome back to Manhattan, 1899.
As rumors fly about the untimely demise of New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, all eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her sister, Diana, the family's only hope for redemption; Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind; even Elizabeth's former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency. In this delicious sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I don’t know what happened, but Rumors hooked me from the very beginning, unlike the first book in the series, The Luxe. Rumors picks up three months after the events in The Luxe. I won’t go too into the story as I don’t want to write spoilers, but Rumors finds everyone scheming with bigger goals in mind. The ladies of 18th century New York society have grown up a lot in the three months since we last saw them. The book begins with a wedding, and readers spend the entire book trying to figure out who will end up tying the knot. Of course, if you read the first novel you may guess the identities of the possible candidates, but guessing still made for good fun. Readers also learn whether or not Elizabeth Holland survived her fall into the Hudson River. Along the way hearts get broken, tragedy strikes, and new players arrive on the scene to keep the gossip flowing.
To date Diana Holland is my favorite character. She’s spunky, and doesn’t let guys walk all over her. This is a huge plus, as I’ve been reading too many books lately with whiny and weak female protagonists. So much so, that I’ve been feeling like I’ve been tearing female protagonists apart in my recent reviews. I’m rooting for Diana to win the heart of the man of her dreams, because she deserves him far more than her competition. Henry Schoonmaker is a character I love, and then want to bitch slap. He seems like he is a great guy, but is too much of a sheep for me to really root for as the main male lead character. As for Penelope and Lina, I hate them so much! Well, Penelope I love to hate. I can’t wait for her to get her comeuppance. As for Lina, I despise her and want her to die horribly. If the book gods love me, this will happen. (Yes, I know the series has ended, but one can hope!)
Do I Recommend?
Hellz yeah! The Luxe was hard to get into in the beginning. I think I didn’t get into the book until about 100 or so pages in. However, Now that I’ve finished Rumors I can honestly say trudging through those pages was worth it. From what I hear, the rest of the series is just as addicting. The Luxe series has everything: scheming debutantes, mystery, and scandalous behavior. What more can you ask for?