Review: Rumors by Anna Godbersen

rumorsTrue 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 ony hope for redemption; Henry Schoonaker, 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. 

If you loved The Luxe, you’re bound to enjoy Rumors. It is just as compulsively readable, just as lush and atmospheric and just as character centric. Yes, its still fluff, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good!

Rumors is definitely an apt title and I don’t want to imagine what these girls would get up to if they had access to the internet. You can blackmail someone on the strength of a rumor, make or break a relationship and ruin a family’s good name. Drama abounds, yet once again it never feels forced. In order to generate an interesting storyline with one character, you need to constantly keep the plot moving, but with multiple POVs, each character has their own tumultuous narrative that together make for an engrossing read.  We are treated to Elizabeth, Penelope, Diana, Lina and Henry’s POVs and each are equally interesting for different reasons. I’m beginning to really dislike Lina and Elizabeth continues to be a favourite.

There is a lot of buildup for events that I’m assuming will take place in Envy or Splendor and am very interested to see how they will play out. I’m not sure that I entirely trust some of the people the characters meet…

The ending is absolutely crazy and makes me sad and angry at the same time. Godbersen pulls off a very gutsy move and it’s very shocking. It allows for the perfect buildup for the next book and is much more effective on me than a classical cliffhanger.

The Luxe books are great fun if you are looking for a lighter read! I’m ready for the next one…

P.S. This is my favourite dress of all the covers!


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