Rumors by Anna Godbersen

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In the second of the The Luxe series, readers find Elizabeth adjusting to her new life in California while her family flounders in New York. Henry, though he is in love with Diana, finds himself still unable to pursue her due to the recent tragedy. Penelope uses the situation to capitalize on her plans to trap Henry into marriage, and soon none of the characters are facing a future none of them could have imagined. Packed with all of the drama and intrigue of The Luxe, Godbersen’s next installment will be a sure hit with fans of the series, or with English romances.

If you loved Luxe, do NOT miss Rumors! If anything, I think this piece is stronger than the first one. There was so much drama, intrigue, and twists — the ending especially was unbelievable. Godbersen’s main strength is her character development. You’ll either love these characters or love to hate them. Penelope, especially, is back with a vengeance and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. I loved rooting for her to fail/secretly hoping she succeeded. Also, Lina is a super interesting character to watch in this book. If you thought her story was done, you were wrong! Like I said, the ending is a crazy cliff-hanger, so get ready to reach directly for Envy after you’re done. If you love the series, romantic dramas, or historical fiction, give this series a shot.

Rating: 4.5/5 

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