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Rumors After bidding good bye to New York s brightest star Elizabeth Holland rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed her mischievous sister Di

  • Title: Rumors
  • Author: Anna Godbersen
  • ISBN: 9780061345715
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • After bidding good bye to New York s brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family s only hope for redemption New York s most notorious cad, Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished the seductive Penelope Hayes, poisedAfter bidding good bye to New York s brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family s only hope for redemption New York s most notorious cad, Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind including Henry even Elizabeth s scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency As old friends become rivals, Manhattan s most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is dangerous than a scandal or precious than a secret.

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    1. Heather on said:

      It is with a great deal of shame that I confess to finding this book and series so freakin entertaining. But alas, I am hooked on this garbage. I would even claim to love it if it weren't for the obsessive mentions of clothing. Some pages drown in silk, satin and lamb skin gloves. I didn't know they made lambskin gloves for hands. Regardless, after a very slow start, and 150 pages, Rumors finally began to pick up speed and ended rather spectacularly, though abruptly.Things we now know are:Penelo [...]

    2. Liv. on said:

      MmI'm really torn with this book.Okay, this book was good. Really good. Which is shocking because I found the first one to be a tad bit boring. I don't know why, but this one is SO MUCH BETTER! Maybe it is because the author didn't have explain too much and could just dive right into all the scandals of 1899 Manhattan. Ah, boy, did I eat it up. Each character's story-line was really interesting and each had their own distinct voice. It was justally fantastic.BUT. Oh yes, the but. I'm sure I'm no [...]

    3. Jay G on said:

      Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: youtube/channel/UCferThe pacing of this book was much better than the first. I liked the scandal and gossip. The writing style is easy to read and flows nicely. Definitely better than the 1st book, but nothing special. The ending pissed me off and I am NOT HAPPY with the developments I'm going to read the next in the series so that I can find out what happens next.

    4. Anya on said:

      Man, this book was painful to read. I thought I would scream if I had to read about Diana's "heart-shaped face" one more time. The author seems to think every noun must always be paired with a lavish adjective. And she could be way too descriptive when it came to clothing and luxury items. Focus more on your characters and less on their clothing. As for the characters, I can't say I was particularly enamored with any of them. Diana, who seemed to fit the Unconventional Independent Girl mold in t [...]

    5. Haleh on said:

      amazingly wonderfully fantastically gooood!WARNING: If you plan to read the first one (The Luxe) you might not want to read this because it gives away info from the end of the first book. just fyi.Manhattan, 1899. The drama amongst the most admired people in Manhattan’s social scene continues in this gripping sequel, Rumors, by Anna Godbersen. I chose to read this book because I read the first one, recommended by my sisters, and had to know what was going to happen next. This book is filled wi [...]

    6. Traci on said:

      While Ms. Godberson won't be winning any awards for her writing soon- (how many times can anger or rage "burn down the back of her throat" weird- sounds like reflux to me. When she describes the men at the ball with their heads looking like "soft boiled eggs" above their collars. Weird again.) She can produce a good soap opera-type book. The plot was interesting enough that I didn't even realize that I was 250+ pages into the book. I find the most interesting part for me is the whole Diana, Peno [...]

    7. Jessica on said:

      This was another interesting installment in the series. The stakes are getting higher for some of the characters, and I'm interested to see how the events at the end will play out in the next book.

    8. Elizabeth on said:

      I am stunned.I have a rule about never moving on in a series if I rate the first book 3 or less stars but I have broken that rule and I'm so glad I did. Rumors is definitely better than Luxe. It's dark, shocking, and sickeningly delicious. If you're not sure about moving on in the series I'm here to tell you to go for it. But it's not for the faint of heart - not only is there not a happy ending, but it's all around worst case scenario for everyone.The characters - augh! I loathe them and yet am [...]

    9. Sarah Amelia on said:

      I personally liked Rumors a bit more than The Luxe, although The Luxe was very good. The end though! My heart still hurts!

    10. Teresa in Ohio on said:

      With out taking a breath, Rumors begins right where Luxe ended. Elizabeth is presumed dead after a horrible carriage accident. Her sister Diana is still pining for Henry. Penelope is still plotting and scheming her way to the top of high society. This book is a quick read with plenty of action, blackmail and unexpected mischief going on behind closed doors. The Hollands are in mourning for Elizabeth so the mother takes to her bed in a grief related illness. This leaves Diana to fend for herself [...]

    11. Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Fraser Stark on said:

      Turtles move faster and are more entertaining than this book.Ok, gonna be honest, I didn't actually finish the book. I just couldn't, it was that bad. First off, it is way too repetitive. Guess how many times a girl was described with a heart shaped head. Go on, take a guess. 20. It was used as a description 20 FREAKING TIMES. Which is kind of unfortunate, because all I could imagine was this.Oh but let's not forget the males. Do *all* the men have "broad cheeks, sharp nose and brows"? Because I [...]

    12. Angie on said:

      Well, everyone's in love with the one person they can't have and no one seems to be able to communicate their woe to anyone who could help. Must be Tuesday in Luxeland. Rumors is the second volume in the Luxe series and, as the deep red dress and haughty gaze of the cover model suggest, things are just getting worse and worse for our crew of Manhattan debutantes/bachelors/scheming underlings. I checked this copy out from the library and the girl at the checkout desk smiled knowingly and said, "I [...]

    13. ♡Elizabeth on said:

      Me gustó la historia pero me pareció muy lenta, con demasiada descripción , por ejemplo cada vez que salían describían el paisaje o cada vez que iban a una fiesta describían como iban vestidos, sé que eso enriquece la historia y nos dá un a imagen más completa pero creo que fué demasiado. También creo que está de más que aclaren cosas que ya sabemos como situaciones pasadas que ya leímos y sabemos y te las vuelven a repetir que aunque traten de aclarar me parece que solo alarga la [...]

    14. B.A. Wilson on said:

      This is a good second book, as it definitely increases the scandal and drama, which is what makes the series work. I keep hoping the characters will grow a bit deeper and become more three dimensional. Sometimes, they feel more like caricatures of high society types, rather than like real people with complex emotions and hopes. There are hints of what ticks beneath the surface of every girl, but the story never digs down deep inside of those moments. Part of that is the light, airy nature of the [...]

    15. Cassie on said:

      *cries* The ending! Argh! I'm torn between wanting the next book desperatly and wanting to pretend I never read the last few chapters I was actually near tears at the end, and I never cry at books. Granted, I didn't cry at this end either, but still. I was as close as I ever get.More coherent review coming someday when I get over the shock of this ending.

    16. Merary on said:

      "5 stars? 5 FUCKING STARS, MERARY?!" you might ask. And I'll say, "HELL TO THE MOTHERFUCKING YEAH!! YOU BEST BELIEVE THAT I RATED THIS BOOK 5 MARVELOUS STARS!!" So, why I am rating this book so high? Because the train-wreck events these books carry are so entertaining!First off, Rumors was so much better than its predecessor. While The Luxe is catty and scandalous, it was also a little frigid and predictable. Now Rumors is another story. While it preserves its dramatic image, its events are so u [...]

    17. Amy • A Magical World of Words on said:

      A Magical World Of WordsI love Rumours. It's just beautiful. Like the first book, the atmosphere was the best thing about this book; you can't help getting swept away into the glamorous, forbidden world of New York society, and watching the fancy balls and stolen kisses as though you're really there and spying on the characters yourselves. It's a delicious social scene; captivating and colourful and luscious.The descriptions of the gowns the girls wore were mouth-watering. I loved the scenes God [...]

    18. Holly on said:

      I found Rumors to be extremely enjoyable. It brought back many of our main characters from The Luxe and grew with them. I love historical fiction books and this definitely satisfies my thirst for a while. Set in Manhattan in 1899, Rumors is about, well, rumors, canniving old friends, and greed. As someone else mentioned, Rumors is a bit like a soap opera and quite petty at times. Some of the characters grate on my nerves at times when I don't think they are supposed to. Anna Godbersen writes her [...]

    19. Elizabeth on said:

      I really disliked the second book in the Luxe series. I found the characters completely insipid and deplorable. I am especially appalled that this was written for teenagers. In my opinion Lina was despicable right along with Penelope. They both lied and blackmailed others to achieve a desirable position in society. The fact that sex was glorified for these teenagers really bothered me. Along with the fact that Elizabeth and Diana deemed themselves as "grown up" for having secret affairs.I ended [...]

    20. Susan on said:

      After reading Rumors, I finally understood what was lacking in the Luxe series. The whole series is just too fast-paced (despite each book having like 450 pages). There are some particular moments that could have been more detailed or savored, especially in this book. (Like what about the time when Elizabeth spent at California with Will? What about the struggles that Elizabeth had to do to try to meet her true love?) I've realized now that the Luxe series aren't based only one particular charac [...]

    21. Daphne on said:

      I liked the first book in this series more than I expected, but this second one has me a little disappointed. It's still the same sort of story, drama and backstabbing and not too much substance, but I felt like in The Luxe at least a lot happened, in this one that didn't really seem to be the case until the end. But even the ending was really abrupt and not very satisfying, it didn't feel like a complete story, which the first book did manage to do. (view spoiler)[ I also felt like they only ki [...]

    22. Lulufrances on said:

      OH MY GOSH. I was fully prepared to write a review along the lines of "typical second installment with nothing unforeseen happening" but the last twenty-something leave me a bit dazed and unable to write just that. Yes, it is a typical second installment and thus a bit slower than book onebut boy. Things happen!Albeit in the last few chapters but I'm still slightly taken abackWhile I'm still a bit freaked out, let me leave you with this: I really want to have the wardrobes these girls have - A. [...]

    23. Anna Motteler on said:

      I loved this one a lot more than I loved the first one. The ending to this one made me want to launch the book across the room but if I would've done that, I probably would have hit the teacher and gotten in trouble. But anyway, I almost cried at the ending of this book & I'm scared to read the third one because I was so happy throughout this book UNTIL THE END.But I know I'm going to read the third one anyway aha.

    24. Charlie on said:

      It's kind of sad how these books don't make me feel anything, no matter what terrible evens take place. But these books are addictive. Kind of a guilty pleasure. The situations and dynamics between all of these characters changed a lot in this book and I need to know how this will play out. I'm actually really enjoying this series so far. Onto the next one!

    25. Lna on said:

      3,5 en realidad.Sigue la estela del 1º libro, aunque con mayor fuerza ahora que los personajes ya se nos presentaron con todo su esplendor y apariencias.Continúan las idas y venidas de sus 4 protagonistas, con nuevos personajes, algún que otro giro (aunque en conjunto es una novela pausada), escarceos, envidias y tejemanejes de la época, sobre todo en el último tercio del libro, donde deja todo muy interesante para su siguiente continuación.

    26. Jessica on said:

      I know the target audience is about 10 years younger than me but these are just too much fun so I don't care. Backstabbing and love triangles and scandal galore + pretty dresses = a very much entertained Jessica.

    27. Anne Osterlund on said:

      Rumors was fun. I somehow found myself liking Diana (as well as the tabloid reporter she snitches to) even though I could barely stand her in the first book. This is, IMO, quite impressive. The ending was Ahhh! Must read third book now.

    28. Dannalie Diaz on said:

      Not bad. At least one plot hole from the previous book that I thought would be answered in this book was not answered, but maybe next book? Fast read for anyone looking for a scandalous (though predictable) 1800s society story.

    29. Jade on said:

      OMG! I am in the middle of reading this book it is so unpredictable, you think that something is going to happen and it doesn't! LOL!Really good book.

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