Series Review: The Luxe series

Installments (4): Luxe, Rumors, Envy, Splendor

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Individual ratings:

Luxe: 4 

Rumors: 4 

Envy: 3.5 

Splendor: 4 

Recommended for lovers of: Historical Fiction, Gossip Girl, 19th century New York, Downton Abbey

Suggested age group: 16+

{I’m doing a compiled review for this series because I completed it before I became a dedicated reviewer.}

The above ratings were given immediately upon finishing each installment. In retrospect, I have apparently grown to love The Luxe series much more since completing it, because I now think my initial ratings were a bit conservative. I have fond memories of The Luxe series and its characters. Diana Holland may actually be one of my favorite characters of all time. The setting for this series still vividly stands out in my mind a year after listening to it. If I had to re-rate, I would probably bump each of the ratings up by .5 stars for nostalgia. I enjoyed this series so much more than Godbersen’s Bright Young Things. It had an incredible narrator and was extremely easy to follow. I was completely wrapped up by the majesty of The Luxe series. I wouldn’t have expected a story about young women in the late 19th century to have been so exhilarating, nor the romances so tantalizingly juicy. This series was basically the 19th century version of Gossip Girl! The more I think about it, the more I love it. ♣︎

Overall series rating: 4.25 

$ Available at The Book Depository (Paperback Box Set), Audiobooks.com and Audible (Kindle Box Set)

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