Friday, April 23, 2010

Splendor (YA)

Splendor. Anna Godbersen. 2009. [October 2009] HarperCollins. 391 pages.

In the mornings, she liked to walk along the seawall. She went by herself and usually only passed one or two gentlemen, canes ticking against the stone, for the locals preferred to stroll later in the day, after siesta.

Splendor is the fourth in the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen. (The first three are: Luxe, Rumors, and Envy.) I honestly don't know of a way to review this one without spoiling previous titles in the series. So if you haven't read the series and but are planning on it, you might want to skip this review.

Elizabeth is newly married. But what does she really know of her new husband? Why did Teddy have to disappear just around the time Elizabeth started noticing just how wonderful he is?!

Diana. Poor, poor Diana. She's still chasing the impossible dream. Still longing after Henry. Even though Henry is another woman's husband, he still is making Diana swoon. Her love for Henry has taken her away from her family and on quite the adventure. Will it be worth it in the end?

Penelope. Here's a character that is so easy to hate. She's gotten Henry, but can she keep him? Does she even want him now that she has him? Has she ever really wanted him? Or has she only ever been in love with the idea of having his money? Will Penelope ever learn her lesson?

Carolina/Lina. Here's yet another schemer. Can this "lady" finally get what she's wanted all along? Will having all this money finally make her biggest dreams come true? Now that she has the outward appearance of wealth, is the world really hers for the taking? Is this social success worth the cost?

I liked this one. It is the final book in the series. And I thought it did well at concluding the series. I liked the way it ended.

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Christina T 6:56 PM  

Great review! It is hard to write about Splendor without giving anything away to those who haven't read the prior books. I loved this series. I was a little disappointed about how things ended for one of the characters but I was still happy for her because so many doors were closed to women during that time.

I look forward to Anna Godbersen's new series too.

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