Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.

Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.

White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.

This is Manhattan, 1899.

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City’s elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth’s and Diana’s golden future.

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city’s gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan’s most celebrated daughter disappear…

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

Not sure where to start with this one. I struggled to carry on for most of it, but it did have it’s moments that had me completely enthralled. But unfortunately most of the time i would have happily not picked it again.

The story was good, maybe not the most exciting tale in the world but it had it’s draw. The pretty dresses, the tales of the 1900’s it was all very different from what we are used to. In that respect it was very interesting, but somehow there was not just enough grab to make me want to read it from cover to cover without interruption.

It’s a curious notion that the whole of New York would care who the elite rich people married, maybe it was that way in real life I do not know, but it seems strange.

Elizabeth, who seemed to be the main character, was nice at first but then she got boring and extremely naive. Reminded me of Serena from Gossip Girl.

Diana was much more of a fun character, she was the rebel of the book to begin with but then mellowed slightly.

Penelope, wicked girl, reminds me of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl.

If you like historical fiction based on society and gossip girl this is a book for you. Not sure if I will read the next one in the series.

3 out of 5 stars

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