Splendor

Splendor New BeginningsShocking RevelationsUnexpected EndingsAs Spring Turns Into Summer, Elizabeth Relishes Her New Roles As A Young Wife, While Her Sister, Diana, Searches For Adventure Abroad But When A Surprising Clue About Their Father S Death Comes To Light, The Holland Girls Wonder At What Cost A Life Of Splendor ComesCarolina Broad, Society S Newest Darling, Fans A Flame From Her Past, Oblivious To How It Might Burn Her Future Penelope Schoonmaker Is Finally Manhattan Royalty But When A Real Prince Visits The City, She Covets A Title That Comes With A Crown Her Husband, Henry, Bravely Went To War, Only To Discover That His Father S Rule Extends Well Beyond New York S Shores And That Fighting For Love May Prove A Losing BattleIn The Dramatic Conclusion To The Bestselling Luxe Series, New York S Most Dazzling Socialites Chase Dreams, Cling To Promises, And Tempt Fate As Society Watches What Will Become Of The City S Oldest Families And Newest Fortunes, One Question Remains Will Its Stars Fade Away Or Will They Shine Ever Brighter

Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

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  • Hardcover
  • 391 pages
  • Splendor
  • Anna Godbersen
  • English
  • 10 July 2019
  • 9780061626319

10 thoughts on “Splendor

  1. says:

    I m kind of shocked that I m giving this book one star, since I have been in love with the series thus far Ann Godbersen s writing is as beautiful and captivating as ever in SPLENDOR and some very satisfying things do happen in it, but the ending was so disappointing that I felt as if I d wasted my time getting attached to her characters Here are the things about the way this book ended that bothered me.1 The Snowden Elizabeth plot line didn t feel completely developed I wanted details about the Holland father s death and how, exactly things happened before with Will dying in the train station Yes, I know it s clich to have villains go on about themselves before they die, but in the case of Snowden, I would have appreciated such a speech, just so I could better understand where he came from As things were, that particular plotline seemed rushed and the romance between Cutting and Elizabeth similarly seemed rushed.2 While I liked that all of Lina s lying and bitterness finally caught up to her, I thought it very unforgiving of Ms Godbersen to have Leland refuse to forgive her in the end Even though Lina s bitterness and sense of entitlement made her an unlikable character, I found I somewhat understood her and didn t hate her the way I did Penelope She seemed to have learned from her mistakes in the end and I m kind of sad Leland didn t come back to her after a while.3 And this is what killed it for me The way Ms Godbersen ended the Diana Henry storyline All through the third book Diana and Henry can t live without each other they re unable to move on .they re miserable Every time Diana thinks about Henry she feels as if someone has stabbed her in the heart and is twisting the knife She follows him to Cuba because she loves him so, and while Henry has been a cad, and drinks a lot, and has no backbone He s a likable cad in that he always has good intentions I loved how Godbersen made him change in the end so that he was responsible and came into his own It made him even likable that he knew what he wanted and had a backbone Then, all of a sudden, for no apparent reason whatsoever, Godbersen gives Diana a personality transplant At least, that s how it read to me Now that Henry is so respectable and because Diana feels so tied down by New York society, she will go to Paris without Henry She will break it off with him so she can pursue her own life Because she doesn t want Henry to sacrifice his life in New York by coming to Paris with her I suppose, us readers are supposed to see that as a loving gesture, but the long and short of it is that Henry would have rather gone to Paris not to lose Diana than stay in New York with his responsibilities It didn t read as loving to me even one bit, because Diana made the decision for him She wouldn t accept him making any sort of sacrifice for her because she was no longer willing to make a sacrifice for him Granted, I know all people are selfish, even those of us who refuse to admit it But I found Diana s behavior at the end of the book so profoundly selfish that I screamed at my poor husband after I finished it There goes Diana, adventurous, romantic Diana, off to Paris on a boat without Henry She s happy and I m supposed to be happy for her because she only has loving sentimental feelings in her heart for Henry But Henry is sitting at home in his mansion in New York, depressed and devistated, nursing his broken heart after proposing to a woman who said she loved him, who would gladly be his mistress, but refuses to marry him What the % Apparently Diana can live without Henry just fine and it doesn t feel like a knife in her heart after all Or perhaps she s just the kind of girl who only wants what she can t have and must always pursue the unpursuable without any care for how her actions affect those around her Worst ending ever.

  2. says:

    Splendor, the fourth and final Luxe book, somehow managed to be crammed full of melodramatic, underdeveloped, cliched plot devices than all of the first three books combined We have unexpected heart attacks, brides being left at the altar, a playboy prince, a murderous wife who kills her husband by throwing him down the stairs well, at least she didn t try to poison him , a free spirit who leaves for an unconventional life in Paris I m sure she ll be having fun there in 14 years , and a handsome blonde man in uniform who comes back from service to save the day The problem is that all these twists and turns are barely explained or explored before another one is thrown in, and it seems as if they are there simply to shock the reader, not to mention that many of them are completely out of character.Lina s plot was probably the most believable, which isn t saying a whole lot Sadly, I never really identified with her as a character, so I didn t find myself feeling happy for her when Leland proposed, nor did I feel sad or sympathetic when the marriage was cancelled I often found myself hurriedly reading through Lina s sections, because her thoughts were so dull and repetitive It was just oh money, nice things, nice dresses, I m soo pretty now, nice meals, my nice new house, look at my pretty features and my pretty lichen eyes, nice parties, I can t let anyone know I used to not be able to afford these nice things, and oh, I love Leland That was the extent of her thoughts for several hundred pages, and I found it irritating to read A part of me really wants to empathize with Lina and convince myself that alot of her actions were out of desperation rather than malice, because I know its difficult to fully understand just how insurmountable and ingrained class differences were at that time Unfortunately, her disgusting treatment of her sister until the very end, her materialism, her scorn for everyone she viewed as being below her and her lack of gratitude for Longhorn s inheritance all that money and she couldn t even give a tiny bit to help her sister or others down on their luck made it impossible to like her Even when someone who had done much to help her was being beaten bloody, which by the way seemed extremely odd, over reactive and out of character for Leland who had never shown so much as an ounce of violence before, all she could think about was how she looked and how all the men wanted her Rather than saying that Penny got what she deserved , I prefer to think that Penny got to where she was going Penny never would have been happy being a perfect dutiful wife to anyone Henry, the prince, or any other man, nor do I think she ever would have been loyal to one man alone So for her to spend the rest of her life in a surface marriage, while going through other men on the side, would have happened no matter who or when she married And staying single or going off to Paris like Di were never options for status hungry Penny Di s decision to go to Paris seemed fitting, and somewhat of a relief after two books of her moping around about a guy who never deserved her in the first place, but I do wish it had been elaborated on a bit , since it really did seem to come out of the blue Elizabeth s plot trajectory was actually quite creepy and horrifying, but the effect would have been much better without all the cheesy talk about angels swooping in to save her, and without the silly trope of her being possessed by Will s spirit in order to murder Snowden Why did she have to be possessed by Will s spirit, because women aren t capable of self defence or being strong unless they are inhabited by a masculine force I also felt frustrated that nothing was done to the housekeeper, who obviously knew what was going on and was essentially helping Liz s husband to drug her Teddy rushing to her aid, was not surprising, but for them to get engaged, kiss and profess their love all on the same day that she killed her husband and before they had even spoken to her mother seemed forced and a bit unnatural, as though it was thrown in to quickly tie up loose ends so that the book could just finish already In fact, there were many loose ends that were not tied up, but instead left hanging rather unattractively and obviously Lina s issues with Tristan were never really resolved He ran away after Leland beat him, but since Lina is not with Leland any, what is to stop Tristan from coming back to nag her I wanted to hear about the Holland s family improved status Teddy and Elizabeth just sat in the coach and never even went in to speak to her mother I would have been interested to see Mrs Holland s reaction to hearing of Snowden s various crimes and I wanted to hear what happened to Aunt Edith Did Aunt Edith and Mrs Holland continue to live in the shabby old house, or did they move in with Teddy and Liz Whatever happened to Isabelle Did she remarry or stay a widow What happened to Grayson and did he ever get his chance to be with Isabelle now that Di is out of the picture Far too many characters were just brushed aside without any resolutions Splendor was decidedly not a clean or well planned ending to the tedious Luxe series.

  3. says:

    This book was sort of disappointing Not because it wasn t good the plot line was great but that for such a romantically oriented book, I can t believe that the golden couple Diana Holland and Henry Schoonmaker did not end up together I mean, I spent the whole series waiting for them to get married I m all for non traditional endings and such, but I m sorry However, I guess it IS nice to occasionally find a book that is always perfectly fluffy and sparkly and hunky dory at the end Sort of like life And yes That was meant to be corny.

  4. says:

    Spoilers Stupid, stupid ending to the series I wasn t that invested in the series and I still managed to be dumbfounded by how poorly it ended The only character that ends up with a remotely happy ending is Elizabeth I actually really enjoyed her pairing with Teddy, although their story and the resolution with Cairns was a bit too I don t know something Too quick Too predictable I m not sure.I can t really deny that Lina got her just desserts, and I actually liked that she was able to come fully clean about being nouveau riche and accept that Also, that she reconciled with her sister I still wasn t satisfied with her story, though She had so many shots at redemption Chances to recognize the horrible things she had done and then try to atone for them I wish the author had chosen to utilize them.The WORST part of the book, though, was the outcome of the Henry Diana relationship really, the only thing that kept me invested in the books at all I understand that maybe the author wanted to emphasize independence, and romance is not necessarily the ultimate goal of every heroine However, the author did not succeed in convincing me that everything that Henry and Diana had gone through had a purpose and made them better people, etc etc Her last few pages just basically negated EVERYTHING she had written up to that point The absolute worst part of this, though, is Henry, who hands down wins the shortest end of the stick award He finally starts to grow up and come into his own, accepting his responsibilities and trying to do what s right And how is he rewarded He gets to spend the rest of his life miserably engaged in extra marital affairs, together with Penelope, his equally unfaithful wife He deserved better Just stupid.

  5. says:

    I picked up this series of books several months ago to fill my head with nonsense after Lariann died Reading was a good distraction from the trauma of real life.I read a lot of books the months following, but these are the only ones I have decided I want in my personal collection The Luxe, Rumors and Envy were a joy to read.These books follow the life path or 4 young women between 1899 1900 as young New York City Socialites Elizabeth, Diana, Penelope, and Carolina and their trials and tribulations and the rise and fall of their stars I fell in love with the characters and found myself rooting for them in their times of triumph and sad for them in their times of need I was sad to discover, after reading Envy back in June that it was not in fact the last book and I had to wait until October to read Splendor I pre ordered the novel several months ago and have just been waiting and waiting for it to arrive.I received Splendor in the mail on Tuesday afternoon and finished this book at 12 38 am this morning As a whole, it took me less the 7 hours total to get through It has been a while since I have been so involved in a book that I haven t been able to put it down I am horribly tired today and can hardly keep my eyes open, but I made the choice to stay up and now I ll pay for it Was staying up that late to read worth it Probably not, but I enjoyed myself.All of the Luxe books have been incredibly addicting and I found myself truly caring about Elizabeth, Diana, Henry, Teddy and the rest of the cast again I found myself cheering out loud at one point and nearly heart breakingly sad at another Most of the time I was reading this I had a cheesy grin upon my face because I was so immersed in the lives of the characters I loved Loved LOVED the fact that not everyone got their happy endings Books like that really get on my nerves sometimes, but this one wrapped up nicely This book was a good ending to the series everyone pretty much got what they deserved Now I find myself wanting I want to learn about the lives that were changed by the choices and decisions that were made, I want to know about Teddy and oddly enough, I want to know about Aunt Edith I want the back story to how Elizabeth s father knew I want of these characters This is a book that would probably transition well into movie format, and I m sure that they would be so much better then the Twilight movies, heck, you could probably cover all 4 books in a 2 hour movie How about someone makes Luxe instead of wasting time turning The Host in to a movie.

  6. says:

    A total guilty pleasure book series 1900 Gossip Girl, basically I liked it, but I was kind of bummed out with the ending I can see where the author was trying to go, with the Edith Wharton comparisons, but it was sad that Henry, specifically, didn t get to be happy.

  7. says:

    Everyone in Splendor is searching.Diana in Cuba Henry in the military Elizabeth in the marriage she chose over abortion Carolina who has bought her own mansion next door to the man she hopes will fulfill her wildest dreams And Penelope In the entirely foreign position of New York s DISAPPROVAL.The ultimate lesson in the ultimate epic of Ana Godbersen s Luxe series is this There is one person you can never escape from.Yourself.As EVERYONE has to learn Eventually.I think this was my favorite novel of the series Not because of any character in particular I still find myself completely baffled by how many of them I despise And yet, in another typically ironic twist, what I liked the most about Splendor was how all the characters stayed true to themselves LOL

  8. says:

    SPOILERSTo explain my rating, I would give this book five stars right up until the last ten pages or so, which were horrendous The Luxe has been a beautifully crafted series, replete with gorgeous historical details and a sparkling world full of fascinating characters At the center of this world, there were Diana and Henry, the core romance of the saga After everything these two went through to be together, it is not just downright stupid that they would not end up together It is also completely unrealistic and deeply uncharacteristic of both.In some sort of sactimonious, absurdly abrupt attempt at a feminist statement, Gobersten trashes the fate of these characters If the reader is supposed to be happy that Diana is striking out on her own, it is an undeniable fact that by and large this will not be the case A quick look at reveals a number of similarly shocked and disappointed reviews.The ending, for Diana and Henry, is a total betrayal of two compelling and delightful characters, and flies in the face of ALL that either of them have done before ie Diana cutting her hair, trying to enlist in the army, and then following Henry all over the world because she loves him that much It is truly, profoundly terrible, and most surprisingly, an example of problematic, inconsistent, borderline bad writing on the part of an author I admire.As for the other characters Elizabeth is the only character who receives a completely satisfying ending In fact, Elizabeth also has the most exciting and fun to read plotline in the book While she has always been likable, in Splendor Elizabeth ceases to be merely good and kind and becomes downright badass.Carolina receives 50% of a happy ending, which is, predictably, 50% satisfying It s highly unlikely that Leland truly would not have forgiven her, and rather heartbreaking On the other hand, Lina obviously did need an ego wake up call regarding her treatment of her sister, and I am glad she and Claire ended up living together.It would be easy to be enraged that Penelope does not receive some awful ending, but blaming Penelope for the downfall of others is fruitless She simply is who she is, and this has allowed her to be a sympathetic villain Where she ends up feels about right, but it was not necessary to force Henry into the same fate While I am still a fan of this author and will doubtless read and enjoy her next series, the ending of this book is an enormous mistake.

  9. says:

    For six months I have waited in anxious anticipation for the conclusion of the Luxe series Now after reading I feel that a small part of me is broken I will never look at the series with an excitement and happiness Instead there will alway be this bite of sadness I understood why Anna took the characters where she did It made sense and I can justify it in my mind It still was bitterly sad to me and for that I just can t say I liked the book Diana has been my favorite character in these novels and I loved her in this 4th novel To see her become the person that she dreams about in novels No longer to sit in her room and read these novels that would fill her head with dreams She is actually living the dreams that she has had for herself I still want another novel with Diana where she can have a complete happily ever after that her favorite novel would contain.

  10. says:

    Splendor Luxe book 4 SPOILERS I just finished reading Splendor and I have to say I loved it for the majority of the book then I felt soooooo disappointed at the end Did anyone else feel that way I mean, what is the point of everything Diana Henry went through to be together for them to not be together in the end The ending just left me saying What I am a sucker for happy endings the ending just does not sit well with me I am happy that Teddy Elizabeth lived happily ever after I felt Penelope got her just desserts from the Prince of Bavaria I actually felt a little bad for Lina when everything came out right before the wedding She had actually started to grow on me even despite her previous sins, although I do think Leland deserved to know the truth I thought maybe he would forgive her I am glad that Claire was able to have a better life in the end I just wish Henry Diana had somehow managed to marry then relocate to Paris together at some later date Honestly, Henry had a lot of business he needed to wrap up I am upset that Diana couldn t give him time Knowing that Henry Penelope lived their lives together in a loveless marriage for the rest of their lives makes me ill I wouldn t care about Penelope, but Henry really became a wonderful man through the course of the books he deserved a better ending than that

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