Splendor (Luxe Series #4)

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New beginnings. Shocking revelations. Unexpected endings.

As 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. In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt ...

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Overview

New beginnings. Shocking revelations. Unexpected endings.

As 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. In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. Only one question remains: Will they fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

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Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
It is more important to keep up with appearances, have the latest fashions, and have the most beautiful home in the most desirable neighborhood than to be a good person or be a true friend. Status, power, and wealth seem to be the only things that matter in life. There is only one thing that is unpredictable and may be worth more than all the money and fame in the world—that is love. Elizabeth is a new young wife and learning how her new position is changing her life. Diana has left New York City behind in search of her true love, but finds much more along the way. Penelope Schoonmaker finally has all that she has worked for and desired, but when a visitor comes to the city her life takes another turn. Readers of this series will not be disappointed with this final installment. It would be best to start with the first book and enjoy each title in order. This is the last book in the "Luxe" series about New York City's socialites. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061626333
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Series: Luxe Series , #4
  • Pages: 391
  • Sales rank: 142,833
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on the sequel to The Lucky Ones.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

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    Splendid, but rushed at the end..and heartbreaking.

    Now i know that not everything can end perfect, but it's a book, and it felt that the first three books were a waste with the way Splendor ended. The characters seemed changed, they weren't the same characters i fell in love with. Diana made me so mad in the ending. And i actually felt bad for Lina. My heart was broken for Henry, and i still can't get over it. Even Penolope's story ended awful (although she deserved it). It seems the only person who got what they wanted was Elizabeth, and she was hardly in the book at all! I still refuse to believe that's the real ending.

    It felt like Anna Godbersen tried to end it too quickly, and it left you dying for more. I was so connected to the characters, and so upset with how it ended, that i cried and was depressed for days, i even threw my book at my wall. Anna should have sucked it up and wrote at least another 50-100 pages to finish it properly. The end is heart breaking and it takes days to get over. Please, please don't read this book, it ruins the Luxe series.

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2009

    Captivating series, somewhat disappointing ending

    I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, so I will just leave out any details. The Luxe series is one of my FAVORITE series. This was the series that I would bite my nails while reading it. However, Splendor left me wanting more when there is no more to be had. It was very well done for the most part, except for the ending. The ending was rushed, not detailed and confusing. Things happened that left me asking myself what the heck was going on! It was not the ending that I wanted, first off, and secondly, some of the things seemed very unrealistic. I was expecting something brilliant, and it came off as the author seeming sick of writing the series so just kind of jumbling everything together for a rushed ending. I did enjoy the book up until the ending. Maybe it's because it wasn't the ending I wanted, but I do believe it could have been written in a better format.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

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    The ending broke my heart

    I loved the first three books in this series and I could not wait for Splender.
    I was terribly upset by the ending of this book. I do not want to give the ending away but I will say I am a romantic at heart and this book breaks your heart into pieces. I love to read and I believe I do enjoy it so much because most books take you away from everyday life and the hardships of reality and put you in a fantasy world of happy ending romances but when I read a series and it ends like this I am haunted for days because it feels like you personally just had your heart broken and it brings you back to reality.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Lackluster ending to the series (from The Tealeaf Review)

    Thank God that's over with. I have finally finished the Luxe series, and I'm so happy I don't have to suffer through all these characters' depressing lives a second more. I found Splendor to be a very weak installment of the series, though not quite as rage-inducing as Rumors. It seemed slow, and yet rushed, all at the same time. It was a whole lot of muck to sift through for a very lackluster, unsatisfying ending. Even the prologue, which I've always found to be one of the best of it's predecessors, wasn't as good. It didn't hook me like the others - I didn't feel compelled to keep reading until I found out all about the cryptic beginning. At least the dresses didn't disappoint. As always, Diana is the closest to my heart. If I lived in 1900 New York, I would want her as my BFF. Her confidence is admirable, as is her courage. When she finally stood up to her mother, I was cheering (probably along with Aunt Edith in the background), because I've always disliked their mother. Her reunion with Henry was everything I wanted it to be - sweet, nervous, exciting. I wanted them to bask in the sunlight in Cuba forever. But alas, as always, these two just cannot catch a break no matter what. I was thoroughly disappointed with how their story arch ended, though I do applaud Diana for her remarkable independence and self-reliance. It's a wonderful trait in a character, especially one who exists in the society turmoil of the 1900s. I loved also seeing some true strength from Elizabeth in this one. However, the blurb led me to believe there was going to be a little murder mystery intrigue, but it was sadly lacking. Diana didn't even know about it! But, whatever. I'm just glad that at least one character ended up mostly happy. As for Penelope and Carolina - well, what else needs to be said about them? I was relieved to have Penelope drop her Henry-obsession for a while since it was getting a little old. In my opinion, she got what she deserved - to be used and left behind like she did so many others. And Carolina? She deserved everything to, mostly because I just didn't like her. At least she finally let her sister into her wealth, something she should have done so much sooner. But then, when did Lina ever really think about anyone else but herself until the very end? One of the most lackluster conclusions to a series I've ever read. I was thoroughly disappointed that I had to wade through all this depression and longing for almost nothing to work out the way it should. It you want a happy ending, read Luxe, the first novel, and imagine your own ending. While still beautifully written, it was just too much of a letdown to really enjoy it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2010

    Loved the First Three, But...

    This book wasn't as amazing and captivating as the first three. I do not want to give it away, but I did not like the ending of Diana and Henry at all, nor Penelope(though how much she irked me throughout the series), and Elizabeth seemed to have the only happy ending, and I did not even like her that much. It was one of theose books that, after you finish, leaves you feeling empty inside for the next few days upon finding out that your favorite characters, who began to seem somewhat real, all changed and didn't go the way you wanted. As I said, the first three were absolutely truly amazing, but this book left me wondering and wanting to read more from her, and left me feeling upset on a certain level.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    New York high society returns with Dina absent from town; she's taken up traveling to find her true love. He signed up for the army rather than deal with his new scheming wife. Will they find a way to be together after all?

    Meanwhile, Dina's sister gains a new house and finally discovers something suspicious about her new husband. He's not very nice, but was she too late in discovering the truth?

    Penelope's husband leaves her for the army, but she finds a prince visiting New York. He takes a keen interest in her and she might have mistaken Henry as the highest society. Who wants to be a lady when she could be a princess?

    Carolina throws the biggest party of the year and everyone wants an invitation. In the midst of all the people she's worked so hard to fool, she finds herself lonely until a certain boy returns home. Could wedding bells be in her future?

    There's love in the air and these girls are determined to find their happily ever after. They're not about to let anything stand in their way - including each other.

    In the final book of THE LUXE series, love is won and lost, fortunes gained, and society whispers about these grand ladies as reputations dwindle and soar, and betrayals occur - all in the quest for happiness.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    A Bad Ending

    I enjoyed all four of the Luxe series book untill I hit the end of Splendor. There was a huge three and a half build of what everyone held their breathe for, and when the time came, it ended with a dissapointing ending. The author says she was happy the way it ended, but be prepared to go against the author at the end.
    Other than that, the book was just a wonderful to read as the other three. The writing of details made the scenes come to life were you feel you are sitting in on 1899 Manhattan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    I wish the ending was totally different!! Very disappointed

    I wish the ending was totally different!! Very disappointed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    I read this series. Hooked onto it from day one. But, then I re

    I read this series. Hooked onto it from day one. But, then I read the last book. I felt like it wasn't right. I felt like it was a waste to read, everyone including the readers ended up not happy. I felt like I was waiting for a happy ending, but in the end they all lived miserable lives. I was close to Diana. She was similar to me. Would I have done what she did in the end. Maybe. But, a book is where your suppose to escape to, no realize this is whats happening everyday, and now I'm even more depressed then I was before reading this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    I cried on this one.

    This one was absoluty the best. When i had finished it i fell on my couch with tears coming out. The ending was so sad espicially Dianas.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    O.K. ending to an outstanding series

    I'm a big fan of the series and I must be honest when I say that what first drew me to the books were the covers. I've always been told by countless teachers to never judge a book by its cover even though that's exactly what I did with the Luxe series. And fortunately, I'm glad I did. The whole series tells the story of four glamorous socialites living in New York during the early 1900s. This sounds like a shallow and superficial series but let me assure you, it is not.
    Splendor is the captivating last installment of the Luxe series filled with unexpected and devious twists, new love and more decadence than ever before. The female leads range from cunning, adventurous Diana Holland and soft-spoken, proper Elizabeth Holland to calculating ruthless Penelope Schoonmaker (nee Hayes) and the scheming but innocent Carolina Broud (or Broad). The male leads are Henry Schoonmaker, Teddy Cuttings, Leland Bouchard, Snowden Cairns, and the Prince of Bavaria. While the ladies of the series command more of the reader's attention, the male leads cannot be overlooked. It is ultimately the gentleman's attention that these young ladies compete for and that drives them to deeds such as murder, adultery, and even leaving ones home forever.
    The main thing that brought me back to this series was the reality of the plot and the characters. I could perfectly imagine the characters coming to life and going about their daily lives in old Manhattan. I could easily see Penelope and Carolina vying for the most attention by wearing "scandalous" dresses at the Opera and Elizabeth carefully planning out a life for her unborn child before accidentally uncovering chilling secrets regarding her father and the one person she ever truly loved. I could even see young Diana longing to be with the man she belonged with and Henry hating everyday he let his wife and family name influence the choices made for him.
    While I loved the majority of the book, I must say that I was very disappointed with the ending. Compared to the luscious details and intricate plot of the rest of the book, the ending felt rather rushed and incomplete. I felt as if the author (Godbersen) had simply run out of ideas or just didn't know how to top off such a great series. I was expecting a romantic ending for Diana and Carolina but was left on the verge of tears (and not in a good way). The only character who got an even remotely satisfying ending was Elizabeth but it surely could have been elaborated on. I enjoyed this book overall but felt like the conclusion did absolutely nothing to wrap up a great series and left me with more questions than I started out with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Wonderful.

    The fourth installment to the Luxe series creates a wonderful ending to the four book series. If you have read any of the first three books, you should deffinitely pick this one up as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2009

    Unsatisfying yet you will devour the words to find out what happens

    First I must say, that I believe Godbersen held true to her style...creating an unrelenting draw in the reader to devour the story as well as the unexpected twists and turns. She knows how to create a page-turner. However, as I say this I can't help but speculate how much that has to do with the fact that I grew to love these characters in the previous three books because Splendor, in and of itself, did nothing to create a lasting impression of these characters or the situations they found themselves in. I was left feeling some what disappointed after reading Splendor. It seemed that the 400 pages were just not enough to delve into ALL of the characters' stories (Elizabeth, Diana, Penelope, Henry, Teddy, Carolina). It seemed hurried along and I felt like it barely skimmed the surface of any of these characters, especially with Elizabeth and Teddy (who was almost non-existent). I wish we would have gotten more of them specifically. It seemed that some of the characters (or least one for sure-without giving anything away) were a little out of character from the previous books. Had I not already grown to love (or hate in Penelope's case) these characters in the previous books, Splendor would not have been the page-turner it was for me. I finished reading it and felt short-changed...I wanted more! More Details! More Elizabeth! More Teddy! I can't believe that this is the end of the road, I don't feel ready to say goodbye to these characters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Don't Miss Out!

    Many reviews are telling you that the ending to this book sucks and was dissapointing. I think that the very opposite is true. The ending was realistic and if anything slightly bittersweet but it was the perfect amount of "happily ever after" and "and they lived". So if you want a perfect happy ending you won't find it here. However you will find great character growth, interesting plot twists and a perfect (and realistic) ending.

    SPOILER TIME! Warning spoilers ahead this part is strictly for people who have read the book. Or you know people who don't care about spoilers.

    Okay so Elizabeth's ending had me holding back tears of happiness because this girl finally got her happy ending after all the terrible and tragic things she had to endure and with none other than Teddy! Man I loved this guy he's so sweet and he is the only guy i can picture that would treat Elizabeth like Thomas would want, plus he is totally her knight in shining armour.
    Next is Lina who annoyed me to the point where i almost started skipping over her parts because i didnt care. However i continued to read and even though i hate Tristan i think it was realistic. She had spun a web of lies and eventually she became caught in it. The ending with her sister was touching especially because of their humble beginings.
    And now Penelope. Ahhh Penelope how to describe my feelings for you. Well for starters i hated you in every single book and loved seeing your marriage fall apart, the affair gone wrong was just the icing on the cake of karma. Even though i'm glad she got a taste of her own manipulative medicine i do feel the tuggings of pity on my heart strings. BUT only because she grew so much as a character and realised what B**** she was and how she basically ruined everybodys life.
    And now... (drum roll please) Diana. Well all i can say is that this was the most surprising endings of them all but the one that i am also most satisfied with. She doesnt end up with Henry and that makes my inner romantic scream bloody murder but she does end up happy and to be perfectly honest that's just as well. I do feel bad for Henry because he just cant't catch a break but he should have mustered up his courage a LONG time ago stand up to his father and just be with Diana. I also liked this ending so much because it was very pro girl. Like Diano don't need no man to make her happy and shes done waiting for you.
    So that's it hope it was helpful and dont mean to disrspect anyones opinion. Keep on reading fellow bookworms *battle cry in distance* bye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    A series that is so enrapturing that its easy to stay up reading

    A series that is so enrapturing that its easy to stay up reading all the books. However, such a disappointing ending. I felt the unending was incomplete and I could not believe the series ended the way it did. Felt a tad rushed at the end and flowed too fast. If you start off reading the series and fall in love with it just as I did, I would not recommend reading this final book. It will truly ruin the positive feelings and emotions that you have about the book. Its so heartbreaking to see the series end this way. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Highly disappointing...

    My favorite book was the first one. Once I start a series I have to finish it, so I kept reading. If it wasn't because it was a nook book I would have thrown it against the wall!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Great read

    I enjoyed it as much as the previous three

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Why does it have to end?

    I loved the entire series so much omg i just sobbed when it was over.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    *****spoiler alert*******

    Aww i wish Diana and Henry ended up together... D must be very strong to leave like that while still loving H ... shes my favorite character... i just wanted her to end up happy... im glad Penelope got a taste of her own medicine .... love the series..

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

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    I guess this book, or the whole series as a matter of fact, just

    I guess this book, or the whole series as a matter of fact, just goes to show how easily and frequently peoples' feelings change no matter how intense they seem at first. In the end I don't regret reading this book as I really did find the series as whole to be very enjoyable, I would definitely recommend it to friends. SPOILER: The only part of the ending that I truly felt happy about was Teddy and Elizabeth. It was pretty sweet and I think this made Teddy Cutting my favorite character of the series.

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