As spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new roles as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father’s death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.
Carolina Broad, society’s newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty – but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father’s rule extends well beyond New York’s shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.
In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York’s most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city’s oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?
The conclusion to the Luxe quartet is certainly dramatic and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like the other Luxe books, it’s a light read, but one that is surprisingly thought provoking, especially due to the ending.
Unfortunately, as with Envy, Splendor was spoiled for me (when will I learn?!) but luckily, there were still enough twists and turns left for me to discover.
The characters have all shown considerable growth over the course of the series, culminating in Splendor, as the characters truly become adults. I also found Splendor to be surprisingly feminist. The girls must take charge of their own lives and decide for themselves who they want to be. I really enjoyed this component as it grounded the story, making an otherwise fluffy book something more serious.
In line with how the series comments on issues of status and class, Splendor looks at ways to escape the harsh rigidity that accompanies being wealthy in New York and also at what happens to those who are already too much a product of society. It is definitely an interesting angle, one that provides some food for thought.
Of course, as it is a conclusion, loose ends get and plot lines must be tied off. Some of it, I was able to predict, but the rest was rather shocking. But I like how Splendor steered away from a traditional happily-ever-after-ending and opted for a more thoughtful one instead.
I recommend this series.