Splendor

Splendor

A Luxe Novel

Book - 2010
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In 1900 New York City, fashionable debutante Diana Holland and married soldier Henry Schoonmaker flaunt the rules of society to be with one another.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010.
ISBN: 9780061626333
9780061626319
Characteristics: 391 p. ;,22 cm.

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ryner
Jul 08, 2014

As this final book in the Luxe series begins, Henry Schoonmaker has joined the army but due to his father's far-reaching influence, and to his frustration, he finds himself safely out of harm's way in untroubled Cuba. He is unaware that Diana Holland has liberated herself from the constraints of New York society life and followed him, earning her keep by engaging as a barmaid. Back home, Elizabeth (née Holland) Cairns is finding that the security and promise of happiness she believed to finally have found are being threatened by evidence of something shady and unfathomable. And when Henry's wife Penelope discovers back in New York City that she has attracted the attentions of a visiting European prince, she finds that she isn't so bothered that Henry has abandoned her after all.

Hardly anyone lives happily ever after, but this was a decent and appropriate conclusion to the series. My instincts felt somewhat vindicated upon reading of Elizabeth's troubles -- something hadn't seemed quite right, but I was for some reason doubtful that the author was going to go in that direction. I appreciated how the author ultimately treated Diana and Henry's relationship -- realistic if not satisfying. Penelope's comeuppance was brilliant.

triptophan Mar 31, 2014

This book was really bad. I expected more from the characters. And, since I only have the first book in the Luxe series, I don't think I'll be reading any of the other books in the series. Don't waste your time reading Splendor by Anna Godbersen.

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billybee11
Jul 07, 2013

I was so excited to read this book and most of it was as good as the other three books before it. I found the end disappointing because their was a lot of surprises that I didn't always enjoy.

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Violet_Panda_18
Jun 13, 2012

Splendid! my favorite character is Elizabeth holland.

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kmkarbowski
Jun 12, 2012

The final and best enstallment of the Luxe novels!!! Diana Holland is my favorite character, as well as her older sister, Elizabeth Holland!

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Miss_Bethany26
Aug 13, 2011

Good series! The characters are well played out! I was sad that this was the final book....

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Riceyy
Mar 24, 2011

This series was thoroughly enjoyable but I felt so distant from the characters. also, the third book left me so intrigued and i was very psyched to read this one, but i was disappointed. there was definitely less action and suspense in Splendor, and some things were left unresolved. nevertheless, the luxe series was pretty amazing.

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MeeraPremnazeer
Jan 27, 2011

The book was awesome in the beginning but during the end it was like everyone said and my viewpoint, a complete and utter disappointment. It gets me so annoyed to read the ending.

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MissGeorgia
Feb 19, 2010

I completely agree! The ending was a real dissapointment.

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d21221
Jan 02, 2010

I really love this series and it was definitely good. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. However, I was really dissapointed with the ending, I felt it didn't do the series justice and certain characters actions seemed out of character.

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kmkarbowski
Jun 12, 2012

In the 1900's New York, rumors and gossip begin to spread about the quick marriage between the two so-called "lovers", Henry Schoomaker and Penelope Hayes. Penelope, already aware of Henry's attention on his first fiance's younger sister, Diana Holland, uses it as leverage to attain whatever she pleases from elder Mr. William Schoonmaker. The lives of 5 connnected high society souls, Henry Schoonmaker, Diana Holland, Elizabeth Holland, Carolina Broad, and Penelope Hayes all come into the final installment of the Luxe series, Splendor.

whiteshadow13 Jan 18, 2012

In 1900 New York City, fashionable debutante Diana Holland and married soldier Henry Schoonmaker risk their place in society to be with one another.

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Jun 12, 2012

kmkarbowski thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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