Envy

Envy

by Anna Godbersen

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Overview

Gossip Girl meets the Gilded Age in this delicious and compelling novel, the third in the New York Times bestselling series from author Anna Godbersen.

In the thrilling third 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.

Jealous whispers. Old rivalries. New betrayals. This is Manhattan, 1899.

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—is anything but secure.

“Mystery, romance, jealousy, betrayal, humor, and gorgeous, historically accurate details. I couldn’t put The Luxe down!” —Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062852182
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Luxe Series , #3
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 217,513
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Anna Godbersen is the author of the New York Times bestselling Luxe series. She was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Envy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 322 reviews.
vampirefantaiccc More than 1 year ago
though, I guess that doesn't really say much since I haven't read much of anything these past few months. Anyway, I absolutely loved this book, and this series is just outstanding! I DEFIANTLY recommend reading it if you haven't yet. I love Diana, she reminds me so much of me, although I'm not so outgoing. She really adds a lot of components to the story that, if it were to be without her, it would be without those captivating elements that make this book so compelling. She's mysterious, she's outrageous, daring, and something always happens when she's around, and it's not something that irritates you, like with Lina or Penelope. I think Lina is just the worst, and I can't wait until everyone finds out that she was just a mere maid before her pathetic social climb began. No one cares if she loved Will and she does not deserve the new guy that the author put into the mix and I was so pissed off after what was read in the will. I don't mind Penelope as much, which surprises me. I'm starting to feel sorry for her with all her desperation. I'm happy with how the book ended, although I wish it weren't so heartbreaking, but it's a great lead into the next addition, which I can't wait for. This book has progressed into such an adventure from the first book. While I was reading it, I was sort of reminded of Atonement. Henry even writes in a letter how he must atone for all the wrongs he has done. I haven't read Atonement, it was too difficult, but I saw the movie and it was spectacular. I really hope that Diana and Henry can be together, and I'll probably find myself wracked in tears if that doesn't happen by the end of Splendor. I'm also really happy for Elizabeth. At least she has something more to remind her of Will than just memories. [W
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's 1900 in New York, and scandal and gossip are never far behind. Elizabeth Holland is back and everyone is awaiting her re-entrance into society. But things are not as they seem in No. 17 Gramercy Park. Elizabeth and her sister, Diana, are both grieving the loss of their loved ones. When the sisters are invited along on a trip to Florida by the newly married Schoonmakers, they decide this is the perfect escape. Penelope Schoonmaker isn't pleased to invite the woman her husband is in love with along on her trip, but she knows she must keep her enemies close if she's ever going to get what she wants. Carolina Broad is climbing high in society, but her place is not secure and her newfound fame and fortune could disappear any moment. I've been addicted to the LUXE series since it began, and ENVY continues to add more gossip and scandal to the story. I thought the twists and turns in ENVY moved the story along quicker than the previous two stories. I loved that the author moved a lot of the action to Florida - it added new scenery and lots of fun situations. There were many times I told myself "just one more chapter" because I needed to know what would happen next. Each chapter tells a part of the story from a different character and I found myself enjoying each storyline this time around. Yes, I still wanted to yell at Penelope, would get annoyed at Carolina's social climbing, and tell Diana not to make so many assumptions, but I think that's part of the fun of the series. Anna Godbersen does such a great job at getting the readers involved in the characters that you can't help but cheer them on, or even root against them. I also thought there were some characters this time around who got stronger and started to stand up for themselves, so I'm eager to see where they end up. I will be first in line to get my hands on a copy of SPLENDOR, the next book in the LUXE series, when it's released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the homecoming of Elizabeth Holland, which is filled with scandalous secrets society would die to know, the elite are joyous. One of society's most celebrated daughters has returned back into the backstabbing world of Manhattan 1899. Though, the older Holland, is far from happy, the death of her husband/lover, a weight she shall wear upon her dainty shoulders forever. Society is also celebrating the most celebrated couple ever, Henry and the now Penelope Schoonmaker. However the two newly weds can barely stand one another, particularly for Henry's strong attraction and true feelings for the younger Holland sister. Diana, in the meanwhile, is angered with Henry for marrying Penelope, however much he begs to explain. Either way she too can not prevent her growing love for the handsome, notorios Henry Schoonmaker. Carolina Broad is living lavishly amongst gorgeus gowns and fancy parties, but these utterly extravagant luxuries is soon to be stripped right from her beautiful, once dirt ragged fingers. The exhausted celebrated daughters and sons head down to Florida, but the arrival of Grayson Hayes, Penelope's older, ambitious brother can only mean more scandal. He has his eyes set on one of society's pretty girls...and its more than just a favor Penelope asks of her brother...
Angieville More than 1 year ago
Third Luxe book and my favorite cover to date. Could just be that it's Diana on the cover and she's my favorite character...but I really like the dress. Actually, this is my favorite book of the three as well. And I really wasn't sure it would be. What with Henry and Penelope being...shudder. But this one seemed the most real. People grew up and, in a couple of notable cases, grew spines. Whether or not it will all be too little too late remains to be seen. The fourth (and final) Luxe book, SPLENDOR, is due out in October and will hopefully settle a few things satisfactorily.

ENVY begins just a couple of months after the disastrous conclusion to RUMORS. Elizabeth is inexplicably back on the scene, but not really there. Diana is floating through a fog of numb and trying to rise above the crushing blows that keep coming her way. Ditto for Henry. Lina is capitalizing on all her success and makes a surprisingly apt romantic choice. And Penelope is Penelope. You just want someone to stash her in a broom closet for Two Seconds so everyone else can take a deep breath and perhaps hatch a plan to put her in her place once and for all. And amid all this, everyone manages to sweep off on a trip to Palm Beach where much of the book takes place.

I liked the change of scenery in this one. Putting everyone together in a Florida beach hotel for several days on end forced them all to interact despite the myriad tensions criss crossing between them. It also provided several quiet moments in which several characters reflected on how they ended up in the nasty mess they're in. It was nice to see some talk of doing the right thing at the cost of short-term (even long-term) happiness. Though I do hope happiness is in the cards for the most deserving (read: Teddy, Elizabeth, Diana, Henry). I liked this one best because it seemed the most natural. Every single character, at one point or another, was able to see beyond themselves for a moment to the people around them. I hope they remember what the view was like. This continues to be a diverting series and I look forward to its conclusion.
twilight_fanatic_01 More than 1 year ago
I just read the first two Luxe books and I can't wait till Envy comes out. I feel so terrible for Elizabeth when Will died--it's such a sick twist and I hurt for her. And I really, really hope that Diana and Henry will be able to tget together and that Penelope will burn in #@$!
adpaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anna Godbersen¿s two `Luxe¿ novels ¿ Rumours and Envy ¿ are truly guilty pleasures, very much in the fantastical Barbara Cartland style of bodice-ripper, although better written and certainly more sexually explicit. The Holland family is at the apex of fin de siecle New York society and the two daughters of the house, fascinatingly fair Elizabeth and bewitchingly brunette Diana ¿ are the toast of the town. Elizabeth¿s betrothal to the divinely beautiful millionaire playboy Henry Schoonmaker seems pre-ordained ¿ until the bride-to-be is kidnapped, presumed dead, leaving her fiancé bereft and her family destitute. Like soap operas, Chick Fic¿s most endearing quality is its sheer unlikeliness: Elizabeth isn¿t dead, just eloped with the groom; Henry is not bereft because he is in love with Diana, and a cast of amoral vixens and adventurers haunt the pages with little better to do than thwart the cause of true love. The villain Penelope blackmails Henry into abandoning Diana and marrying her and at the same time Elizabeth¿s groom is spotted by the police and shot dead, since they believe he has kidnapped his mistress ¿ and so ends Rumours¿Envy is even more unexpectedly absurd and the Holland girls are invited to go on holiday with the newly wed Schoonmakers and, naturally, Henry and Diana resume their relationship much to the fury of the evil Penelope. The book ends with Henry heading off to war: when dainty Diana hears this she cuts off her long, lustrous curls, puts on an old army coat, dons a man¿s bowler hat, and sets off to enlist with him, posing as a man.That exquisite face, that swan neck, those perfect breasts, that delicate yet deliciously curvy little body is magically transformed by just a change of apparel ¿ but that is how things work in the world of Chick Fic and you either accept it or don¿t bother reading it at all. Great fun ¿ total tosh of course but the ridiculously entertaining pages are peopled by beauties with great grey eyes, magnificent clusters of wild curls, tiny, plump pouting mouths and pearly teeth, floating along an absurdly small feet, in a flurry of fur, feathers, frills and flounces. Fabulous.
aurora2615 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the amazing third installment in one of the best series I have read in a long time. See my reviews of the other books in this series!
kariannalysis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As we travel back to NYC, quite a bit has changed. Elizabeth is back, Diana is still in love, but now it¿s with a married man, Penelope is unhappily married but will do anything to fix it and Lina, well she now goes by Carolina and has climbed the ranks quickly.It¿s time for Elizabeth to put her past in the past and get back into society. This means she must accept a trip to Florida with ¿the group¿, including her former fiance Henry, who is now married to Penelope and had a tryst with Di. WOWZA love triangle!But it¿s not all drinks and the beach, because of a death, one guest leaves early, two join the military, a marriage is all but br0ken and at least one society girl has a baby on board.I love this series because I love diving into the past. I¿ve never been one good with history, but anything involving royalty and the wealthy, I am in. The beauty and luxury of this series keeps me gripped. The writing is amazing and makes me feel like I¿m 100+ years in the past. But what I love about it most is that although we are in a completely different century, there is still the same drama. There are still the catty girls and the drama love triangles.I do admit I made a boo boo here. Envy is the 3rd in the series. I skipped over Rumors, which I¿ll make next on my list and will surely be angry because I¿ll already know the outcome. Oh well.I give Envy 4 bookmarks.
kikistina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book in the series. I love the whimsical quality of the writing and descriptions; you're able to immerse yourself in the story and setting, from Manhattan to Palm Beach. The characters are uniquely lovely in their own ways and also very well-crafted and are able to make you sympathize, hope, and love with them. And, of course, I love the beautiful cover...
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I keep telling people that I don't really like these books, but that's a lie. I love the Luxe novels. Not for any exciting or deep reasons, but because, no matter how frustrating they are, they're really fun. And I cannot not read them -- I need to know what happens. Evny is the third of four (or more) Luxe novels by Anna Godbersen and to me, it was the best of the three. While nothing was quite resolved, and things got seriously out of hand, the character development of Elizabeth, Diana, Penelope, Henry and Teddy has expanded exponentially. Without going into too many spoilers, the end of Envy is probably one of the most surprising aspects of all three novels, and probably the most interesting. I'm pleased with the path Godbersen chose for Henry and Diana, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
xdiitzitsseumsx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By far, I would have to say Envy was the best book in the Luxe series. Blackmail, romance, and of course, gossip! Penelope blackmails Henry into marrying her, and since karma's a b*tch, they have a VERY unhappy marriage. How better to rub it in (to Diana)that she married Schoonmaker than by suggesting everyone (and by everyone, I mean EVERYONE) come on a trip to Florida with the newlyweds. Meanwhile, Elizabeth finds out she's pregnant with Will's child, and feels guilty after feeling sparks with Teddy. Ooh, big surprise ending, TEDDY AND HENRY JOIN THE ARMY! And shocker, Diana cuts her hair and joins too.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Envy continues the scandalous adventures of Penelope, Diana, Elizabeth, Carolina, Henry, and the rest of New York society in 1900. It's delightfully addicting and I couldn't put it down! I'm already looking forward to the next one.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
That delightful mix of high society in NYC at the turn of the century and Gossip Girls-type plots make this a great read. I couldn't put it down, and although book 2 ends in a way that has you reaching for the next book, it is a great, engaging read!
stephaniechase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Candy for the mind -- and most definitely set up for a fourth novel. I can hardly wait!
inkcharmed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is it just me, or did Godbersen totally rip off Scarlett's "Tomorrow is another day" bit in one of the end scenes?
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the same as all the other books, evil Penny getting her way, and poor Henry and Diana being the end of the evil. I was finally glad that Henry maned up and joined the Army, although it didn't have to be that way. I really hope that Elizabeth finds some happiness in the 4th book, and Henry and Diana better get together in the end or this will be a stupid series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't decide what's the most beautiful: the high-quality plot, the ornate details, the elaborate descriptions, the masterful storytelling, the amazing characters, the fantastic scenery, the exquisite dresses and girls on the covers, or the astonishing greatness of the series in general.
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I'm only in the 5th grade, only 10 years old, yet I absolutely adored this book. Each page was beautifully adorned with glamorous details and excellent emotions for all of the characters. It mostly is about Penelope's forced marriage with Henry Schoonmaker. Diana, at first, doesn't want a thing to do with Henry, until he finally tells her at the luncheon about his true desires and intentions. Later, she finds him making love to Penelope on a balcony (he was drunk) and decides she no longer loves him. He sends her a letter in the end, saying he went into the army, making her cut off her hair. I didn't really love it 100%, it got really fake for me. I just can't believe the abortion thing...no spoilers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looooveee these books!! Ive read the first two within a short span of 2 days!! They're an easy read but not so easy that they're boring. Ive learned a fair share of new vocabulary. Including the full name of the flowers called "mums". Hahaha but these books are reccomended :)
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Please tell me that hanry and diana get vack together or i will murder penelope
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