After the death of her father, Elizabeth Holland finds the financial responsibility of her family’s station resting solely on her ability to marry well. If she cannot catch a good husband, all will be lost. Diana, Elizabeth’s sister, abhors society life and wants nothing more than to be free of its rigid constraints. She hates Elizabeth’s pristine perfection, and can’t understand her sister’s willingness to be what everyone wants her to be — the perfect societal princess. But Elizabeth harbors dark secrets of her own; secrets that, if revealed, would tear their lives down around them. Somehow, Elizabeth and Diana must navigate the tricky waters of the 1899 Manhattan upper-crust world, though they are surrounded by vipers posing as friends, impossible expectations, deceitful servants, and love interests they cannot possibly hope to pursue.
Not going to lie — I picked this book because of the dress on the cover. Also, as I’ve posted before I love historical fiction. I got as far as “1899 high society Manhattan” on the cover flap and was sold. I really liked this one. It was a bit predictable, but still enjoyable, and it reminded me a lot of an American, not as awesome, Downton Abbey. I enjoyed getting to see the shifts in perspective from the socialites to the servants, and, of course, the description of fashion was amazing. I also loved reading the cunning, conniving mean-girl antics stemming from Elizabeth’s frenimies. If you’re a fan of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Mean Girls, or anything related, give this one a read. It may be a “guilty pleasure”, but I’m not ashamed to admit I’ll be picking up at least the next book in the series. Must read more dresses.
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