Book Review - Splendor by Anna Godberson

Tuesday November 17, 2009

Splendor: A Luxe Novel (Book 4)
by Anna Godberson
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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?

I fell in love with this series from the very beginning. Each book cover represents one of the four young ladies whose lives are intertwined among the most of elite of New York high society in the late 1800's. With chapters in each book alternating between each of their perspectives, readers soon find out the secret desires of each of heroines and what lengths they will go to attain what they want.

In order to really enjoy Splendor you will have to have read the three other books which is an excellent idea anyway because they are great books.

Splendor is a wrap up of the entire series with an epilogue at the very end that gives even a little bit more info on the future of Diana, Penelope, Elizabeth and Carolina.

Okay, yes as with three other books in the series I really like this book and basically finished it in one day...but this book is an excellent example of how readers may differ from the author in what they would like to see happen to their favorite characters. I don't want to say too much because I don't like to post spoilers but I'll just say that the ending wasn't what I was really expecting or wanted.

But, that being said I can see that the author did stay true to each character and the conclusion to the series is probably a more realistic ending.

Are you intrigued? Good!

With the setting being in New York during the late 1800's and dealing with city's high society and all the rules and restrictions that go along with it, this book does have a slight and much lighter resemblance to the classic The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.


Lost in the shadow... Book reviews said...

Vary nice review. I just recently get the first three books in this series. It will be my first journey into historic fiction and, reading your review has made me want to read it even more.

The Brain Lair (KB) said...

I'm with you, I wanted a different ending! I tweeted how my daughter and I argued. She loved the ending and everything that happened. I wanted my dreams to come true...

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Great review!

I enjoyed the first books in this series (I really didn't think I would) and now I'm really looking forward to reading Splendor!

Peaceful Reader said...

I love this series-I have read the first two and only skimmed your lovely review so I will have surprises waiting.