The Luxe

The Luxe - Anna Godbersen The Luxe is like Gossip Girl set in 1899. It was so rich in social history and scandal. You get to know characters from different social classes and even a few historical figures. The prologue more or less tells you what’s going to happen at the end of the novel. Normally, I don’t like being spoiled like that but in this case, it gave a sense of doom to the whole thing. I was intensely curious as to how the story would unfold. I kind of saw the twist at the end coming, but the story itself held enough surprises that I enjoyed reading it. The point of view changes frequently, but since the story is told in third person, it’s easy to tell which character your are seeing the events through. It was easy to follow and enjoyable to see the same events from different angles. What I found most unique about this book was that by the time you got to the end, you knew so many characters so well that you could start to see the same event from all their points of view, even when it’s just being told by one person at the time. In one scene a character would be the villan, and in the next you would empathize with them and see them as the hero. In fact, by the end of the book you could say that all the characters were a villan and a hero in their own way. I didn’t find myself incredibly moved or amazed, but it was entertaining to read.This book is also reviewed on my blog Books: A true story