Envy (Luxe #3) by Anna Godbersen

envyJealous whispers.

Old rivalries.

New betrayals.

Two months after Elizabeth Holland’s dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana’s side, however, those watching New York’s favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South.

Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city’s most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope’s finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope’s social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society’s darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.

In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen’s bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan’s most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .

This series continues to be a fun, light read. Yes it’s fluff, but there is a surprising amount of seriousness to it too. I zipped through Envy and enjoyed the detailed descriptions, spirited characters, fast paced plot and historical setting.

I read a review that contained an abundance of spoilers, which is extremely annoying because it isn’t quite so fun to read a book if you know how everything will turn out. So while I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the other two, its most likely due to this unfortunate fact and not the book itself. And luckily, there were still some things that surprised me.

As with Rumors, Envy  is an apt title. The characters are all jealous of each other in some manner – of their beauty, their wealth, their love, their talents… And, of course, there’s still plenty backstabbing and plotting going on. As well as a good amount of heartbreak and romantic tension.

I’m beginning to sympathize with characters that I used to dislike – not like, just sympathize. Being wealthy in New York at the turn of the 19th century means struggling every day to gain or maintain status. Sometimes you have to be selfish to secure yourself a good life.

I already have Splendor sitting on my bedside table, and I can’t wait to read it soon and find out how everything ends, especially after all those cliffhangers!





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