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Envy (Luxe, Book 3) by Anna Godbersen
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Envy (Luxe, Book 3) (edition 2009)

by Anna Godbersen (Author)

Series: Luxe Novels (3)

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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, are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping tales to the eager press. In this next thrilling 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.… (more)
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Title:Envy (Luxe, Book 3)
Authors:Anna Godbersen (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (2009), Edition: Reprint, 405 pages
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This is the 3rd in the Luxe series and I think my favorite! ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
This one like the first in the series feels like a set up to the finale. Granted, this one stands more firmly on its own than the first, but .. well, it's almost like she thought of the storylines prior to starting the first and the publisher said "cut it here and here" so we get 4 books out of it. While that may be great for the publisher and the writer, for the reader, it's somewhat frustrating to be left in limbo for the next "installment" to the series. (What I mean is that one cannot simply pick up a single tome of the series and leave it at that, they are forced to pick up the next [in this case the 4th book] to finish what should have been wrapped up in the 3rd.) And while I do understand the concept of serials, I which Ms. Godbersen had been more faithful to that concept, wrap up the story then leave them with a cliffhanger (or something of the equivalent) to entice the reader to get the next one. ( )
  lollyletsgo | Aug 10, 2017 |
As expected in the book, Penelope causes a lot of trouble with this whole "Mrs. Schoonmaker thing". I must say the book took a really long time to resolve all of the problems. At one point I couldn't take all the drama and wanted to throw the book away. Nevertheless I kept reading.

The book had some key climaxes like the relationship with Diana and Greyson and Teddy wanting to go to war, which of course, kept me reading.

All in all the book held my interest right down to the end, and I enjoyed it too. ( )
  KadeishaEdwards | Apr 7, 2017 |
I am loving the Luxe series so much and I'm so sad to be starting the last book today, I wish this series would go on forever. It's so hard to put these books down, I'm always curious as to what will happen next. Obviously I'm not happy with all the events/characters in the story but in the end they bring the story together, even the bad events make you want to continue to read in hopes that everything will still workout for your favorite characters. ( )
  BellatheBibliophile | Feb 20, 2017 |
Diana Holland is having to fill in the role of her sister at parties. She keeps avoiding any meetings with Henry, who in turn avoids sleeping with Penelope. Henry organizes a trip to Florida with Teddy to get away from Penelope, but when Penelope finds out she invites herself, Carolina and her brother. When Penelope goes to a social gathering and luncheon at the Holland place, she plans on inviting Elizabeth. The doorbell rings and Diana answers it, finding Henry at the door. Henry asks her to find a way to come to Florida with him and that he still loves her and would explain everything in Florida. When Penelope asks Elizabeth to go, Diana tags along. Penelope knows something between Diana and her husband, Henry will happen. She then asks her brother to woo Diana in order for Henry to get jealous and forget about Diana. There, Carolina finds LeLand and has grown fond of him as well. It also seems LeLand has start to like her. At Florida Carolina's best friend and companion, Carey Lewis Longhorn, dies. She then has to attend his funeral. In the will reading, he has left all his estates and money with her, making her rich. She shares this joyful reason with Tristan. Henry's best friend, Teddy Cutting, tells him that he is to be attending the army and will be shipped to Philippines. Henry could not stand this, but had to let his friend go. Teddy told Henry, if Elizabeth could survive all those things she went through, of course he can. In the hotel room, when Henry sees Penelope cry, he lets her into him. They have sex and when he goes out to the balcony without a t-shirt on his wife, Penelope comes behind him and puts her arms around his shoulder. Diana Holland sees this and thinks that Henry has deceived her and that he was really just playing her all along. Henry tells his wife that it was all a mistake and he shouldn't have done it. Diana confronts Henry and she says she no longer loves him. Henry is distraught. At a party, Grayson starts to follow Diana and starts to have feelings for her. He tells this to her sister and she cannot believe it because she told him to just play with Diana, but she goes along with it. Grayson and Diana meet at a closet and he tells her that he loves her sincerely. Diana does not know if it is true, but she sees that he really is being sincere. She wanted a longing to kiss and touch and she knew that it wouldn't happen with Henry, so she does it with Grayson Hayes. They have sex with each other and Henry sees this and runs. In another case, Elizabeth vomits and says it is nothing to worry about to Penelope. Penelope tells her that maybe she is carrying. Elizabeth can't really believe it. At Florida, Teddy goes to close propose to Elizabeth and she runs knowing that she cannot. Back at home, Penelope tells the Schoonmakers family that she is pregnant. Henry, of course does not believe this. The whole family is happy, except for Henry. She knows he cannot leave her now that she is "pregnant". Elizabeth tells her mother that she is carrying Will's child. Mrs.Holland wants to avoid scandal and therefore knows a place with people like her. Elizabeth refuses to do it and wants to proceed with the pregnancy. Mr. Snowden is told of this and he proposes to her. Elizabeth says yes to this because it will avoid scandal. She knows they will only live a life as man and wife for the baby. Mr. Snowden knows this and wants to help the family because he feels as though it is his duty to do. Henry then enlists in the army. He informs Penelope of this. She is brutally shocked by this and cannot believe it. He is, of course, being serious. She says,"What about the baby?" he replies, "There was no baby" Penelope does not know what to do because she has lied about the pregnancy and Henry leaves her to decide for herself to fix the problem. He does not want to ruin Diana Holland's reputation and does not want to live a loveless marriage. He gives Diana Holland a letter saying that he has enlisted in the army. He explains that he has done everything for her. He also says that he would rather die than see her married and flirting with another man. This is his goodbye to her. Diana is struck by this. She lost her only love and it was her fault. She then decides a quick decision. She cuts her hair short like a boy and would do anything to be with Henry even if she has to act like a man to join the army.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
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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, are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping tales to the eager press. In this next thrilling 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.

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