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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Splendor by Anna Godbersen

Title: Splendor
Author: Anna Godbersen
Published: November 2009
Pages: 391
Rating: 4/5
New beginnings.

Shocking revelations.

Unexpected endings.

A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role 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?

Review: All the characters had to go through dificult things to the ending that was waiting for them. Those who think that they can go through life without paying what they have done to others will get a big surprise. And those who are just trying to move on in live will finally get what they deserve.

As the book continued it took turns that I think some of the characters dexerved for making the life of others impossible. Penelope got a taste of her own mean ways and because of this she was left hurt and talked about. Carolina thought she could live the life that she had always dreamed of and at the end saw that it wasn't all that it seemed like.

All the characters that had suffered from the beginning finally got the ending they needed. Elixabeth had to go through some difficult times before she could finally end up with Teddy. At the beginning it looked like she had finally found a place to be until she finds out some stuff that had been kept from her.

Diana's story was one that was kind of expecting but not quite. She goes on a journey to find Henry and when she finally does she thinks the world is finally where it's supposed to be. They both have to go through some thinking and at the end Diana realizes that maybe Henry isn't what's meant for her.

This book was the last of the series. I think it ended well and closed the stories that each character had. I really enjoyed reading the series and know that the ending the characters had was probably the best they could have. I can't wait to read Anna's new series!


  1. I love this series too! I wanted Diana's story to end differently but I think the way it ended was fitting for her personality. great review!

  2. Awesome review, Diana! I really want to read this series!