With book series like Gossip Girl, the guilty pleasure of discovering everyone’s dirty little secrets is certainly a driving force. The Luxe is no exception to this “guilty pleasure” genre, but it is also a fun little trip into the “Guilded Age” — where appearances mean more than anything and straying from convention can mean becoming a social outcast for life. This book shows that the “Guilded Age,” otherwise known as “The Age of Innocence,” was anything but innocent! Read about affairs with the hired staff (who are absolutely off limits to the upper class), a love triangle between a fiance and two sisters, and back-stabbing “best friends.” The publisher’s book description says it all:
Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.