Audiobooks RumorsAuthor Anna Godbersen –

After Bidding Good Bye To New York S Brightest Star, Elizabeth Holland, Rumors Continue To Fly About Her Untimely Demise All Eyes Are On Those Closest To The Dearly Departed Her Mischievous Sister, Diana, Now The Family S Only Hope For Redemption New York S Most Notorious Cad, Henry Schoon Maker, The Flame Elizabeth Never Extinguished The Seductive Penelope Hayes, Poised To Claim All That Her Best Friend Left Behind Including Henry Even Elizabeth S Scheming Former Maid, Lina Broud, Who Discovers That While Money Matters And Breeding Counts, Gossip Is The New Currency As Old Friends Become Rivals, Manhattan S Most Dazzling Socialites Find Their Futures Threatened By Whispers From The Past In This Delicious Sequel To The Luxe, Nothing Is Dangerous Than A Scandal Or Precious Than A Secret

10 thoughts on “Rumors

  1. says:

    It is with a great deal of shame that I confess to finding this book and series so freakin entertaining But alas, I am hooked on this garbage I would even claim to love it if it weren t for the obsessive mentions of clothing Some pages drown in silk, satin and lamb skin gloves I didn t know they made lambskin gloves for hands Regardless, after a very slow start, and 150 pages, Rumors finally began to pick up speed and ended rather spectacularly, though abruptly.Things we now know are Penelope is an evil tart with no pride or morals Diana is childish and a bit self absorbed, though I suppose that is part of her charm I guess we are meant to feel sympathy towards her as she has lost her beloved Henry after he was forced to marry the evil Penelope in order to save his beloved s reputation once knowledge of their fornication on a bear skin rug was conveyed to Penelope via Lina Long story, you will have to read the book for details.Elizabeth is completely stupid and naive, but somehow, I still manage to like her I don t know why She finally found her happy ending with Will then ruined it when she finds out about her mother s ailing health As if she could do something, she and Will go back to New York where they provide no help Couldn t have seen that one coming Once Elizabeth s mother confirms that she and Will are basically useless and therefore must leave New York, they set out to do just that Sadly they never make it as all of New York are under the impression that Will kidnapped Elizabeth and thus kill him stone dead in a train station Normally that sort of scene would make me cry, but as it were, I was overtaken with a fit of the giggles.Lina could fall off a bridge and I would not care She now has a benefactor, which is kinda creepy who she scored after confessing to Tristan that she was penniless For some reason he is helping her in her endeavor to become even self important I suppose he will try and bribe her in the next installment We shall see.Henry, though I love him, is just as dim witted as the rest If only he would allow his father to disinherit him, he could have his beloved But as he is allowing his father to control his life, I m guessing that his true love is money, with Diana coming in a close second Maybe he will get a clue by Splendor I will continue on with Envy, as I want to know how this contrived train wreck ends

  2. says:

    The ending Nope Not cool.

  3. says:

    Mm..I m really torn with this book.Okay, this book was good Really good Which is shocking because I found the first one to be a tad bit boring I don t know why, but this one is SO MUCH BETTER Maybe it is because the author didn t have explain too much and could just dive right into all the scandals of 1899 Manhattan Ah, boy, did I eat it up Each character s story line was really interesting and each had their own distinct voice It was justreally fantastic.BUT Oh yes, the but I m sure I m not the only one who is completely flabbergasted by THE ENDING OF THIS NOVEL HOW IN THE WORLD WHYYY WHAT WAS GODBERSEN THINKING WHEN SHE WROTE THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS Honestly, I am in no way a fan of the ending It sucked I hated it I didn t see the point in it, yet it happened I m sorry I am a complete SAP for happy endings and when thinks such as what occurred in this novel happen, it infuriates me The ending just really..made me mad, okay All in all, a really good book if you re into gossip and scandal and all that juicy stuff that I m into to I recommend it, but hey, I warned you about the ending.

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    I am stunned.I have a rule about never moving on in a series if I rate the first book 3 or less stars but I have broken that rule and I m so glad I did Rumors is definitely better than Luxe. It s dark, shocking, and sickeningly delicious If you re not sure about moving on in the series I m here to tell you to go for it But it s not for the faint of heart not only is there not a happy ending, but it s all around worst case scenario for everyone.The characters augh I loathe them and yet am also addicted to them Penelope is one of the worst antagonists I ve ever come across She is simply intolerable. She is relentless and cutthroat, stopping at nothing nothing to obtain what she perceives as rightfully hers Diana is someone I struggled with throughout the whole novel, but in the end my heart went out to her entirely She is childish, impulsive, and also a little bit lovely.Elizabeth What Were You Thinking I am heartbroken for this silly, romantic girl.Lina is someone who is still quite removed from the story She s quietly infiltrated society from the outside and I imagine she will play a much larger role in Envy. I m not entirely sold on her yet but I admire her boldness and I hope that she assists in the destruction of Penelope.Henry is very weak and I spent a large part of the book feeling very annoyed that two girls were fighting tooth and nail to win his affection.The ending, as many others have said, is really terrible But I respect Anna Godbersen s decision to go there There are two other books in the Luxe series and I imagine everyone will get what s coming to them in the end particularly Penelope, good God I d love to see her fall from grace very, very hard.

  5. says:

    Want to see bookish things from me Check out my YouTube channel pacing of this book was much better than the first I liked the scandal and gossip The writing style is easy to read and flows nicely Definitely better than the 1st book, but nothing special The ending pissed me off and I am NOT HAPPY with the developments I m going to read the next in the series so that I can find out what happens next.

  6. says:

    Man, this book was painful to read I thought I would scream if I had to read about Diana s heart shaped face one time The author seems to think every noun must always be paired with a lavish adjective And she could be way too descriptive when it came to clothing and luxury items Focus on your characters and less on their clothing As for the characters, I can t say I was particularly enad with any of them Diana, who seemed to fit the Unconventional Independent Girl mold in the first book, was reduced to a dependent lovesick mess Penelope is irritating for obvious reasons, and I had no patience for Henry Elizabeth is somewhat sympathetic, but all of her chapters basically consisted of descriptions of how much she loved Will I really liked Will, but he was way too saintly He could have used a lot depth and character development And Lina, well, Lina is annoying.The only reason I could finish the book is because I hate abandoning books halfway through and the plot itself was enough of a soap opera that I wanted to see how things panned out But at one point I was so frustrated with the plot that I skipped to the ending so that I could hopefully finish out the book in a better frame of mind That plan backfired, though, because the ending was ridiculous Maybe I just can t comprehend such a stifling society as one who lives in the 21st century, but I wished the Holland sisters would get over themselves and just move West with their guys so they could get away from stupid society Ugh.

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    amazingly wonderfully fantastically gooood WARNING If you plan to read the first one The Luxe you might not want to read this because it gives away info from the end of the first book just fyi.Manhattan, 1899 The drama amongst the most admired people in Manhattan s social scene continues in this gripping sequel, Rumors, by Anna Godbersen I chose to read this book because I read the first one, recommended by my sisters, and had to know what was going to happen next This book is filled with drama and unexpected twists and turns Elizabeth and Diana Holland are two sisters high in Manhattan s social scene Elizabeth is thought to be dead but there are rumors that she may still be alive Secrets about the Holland family s financial problems start to unfold and the family s social status is in danger Diana and Henry Schoonmaker are in love but they are faced with a great problem Henry was Elizabeth s fianc , and now that Elizabeth is out of the picture, Penelope, Elizabeth s former best friend, is taking the chance to try and have Henry all for herself As the drama spreads the Holland family s problems increase and Diana s fight for Henry seems impossible to win.The central conflict in this book is man vs society The Holland family is struggling to keep their place in society and Elizabeth and Diana are struggling to keep their family secrets from their backstabbing friend, Penelope, and former maid, Lina Now that Elizabeth is gone, Penelope takes the chance to take everything that was Elizabeth s for herself, which could ultimately lead to ruining the Holland family The Holland s fight against society to make sure they do not fall into ruin The theme in this book is that society hinders the individual from achieving what they desire the most Elizabeth wanted to marry Will Keller, the one she ran away with, when she was supposedly dead However, society would interfere and would not accept her if she did so Will was a coachman for the Holland family, he was low in status and she was high, they would not work out in the social scene Society almost made it impossible for Elizabeth and Will to be together, if they had not gone away they would never happen Society hindered Elizabeth from being with what she needed most, her one true love Along with Diana and Henry, society would look down upon them and hinder them from being together Godbersen s writing style is different from many books that I have read before Her writing makes the impression that the people in the book are very sophisticated She writes with words and language that is sophisticated so you get the feel that they are too Godbersen s writing style helps reflect the elegance of the characters in the book and helps you see their high social status She writes so you feel like you are part of Manhattan s social scene and know how elegant it is and see how important it is for them to keep a good reputation Godbersen also switches character perspectives and every chapter focuses on a different person, one perspective in a chapter would not be the same in the next Overall I loved this book I was so anxious to know all the drama that was going to unfold and what Penelope and Diana were planning to do next The ending of the book was my favorite, it was intense and it keeps me wanting , and I m glad there is While reading this book some parts were sometimes a little annoying to me when she would move to the perspective of a different character in each chapter When I would be interested in one, she would change it, but I wanted to hear about the first character Fortunately, after reading the new character the interest for the other dies down and I am completely interested in the new one That cycle pretty much went on throughout the whole book for me, but it was no downer at all That did not change my view on the book It was interesting because you would not know what would unfold next I really enjoyed this book, this series is actually really good, except I haven t read the last one I would recommend this book to any girl out there that would be interested in a book about drama, scandals, and romance.

  8. says:

    While Ms Godberson won t be winning any awards for her writing soon how many times can anger or rage burn down the back of her throat weird sounds like reflux to me When she describes the men at the ball with their heads looking like soft boiled eggs above their collars Weird again She can produce a good soap opera type book The plot was interesting enough that I didn t even realize that I was 250 pages into the book I find the most interesting part for me is the whole Diana, Penolope, Henry storyline I am very intrigued and I will read the next novel since at the end of this one, Elizabeth has promised Diana they are going to get Henry for her I know the demise of Elizabeth and Will s relationship should be sad, but I just didn t care enough about their story to be sad I am also loving the newly introduced storyline involving Carolina and Tristan When my husband asked me about the book, I described it as reading an episode of Gossip Girl or the OC set in the turn of the century.

  9. says:

    This was another interesting installment in the series The stakes are getting higher for some of the characters, and I m interested to see how the events at the end will play out in the next book.

  10. says:

    Dal z m ch s ri , kde jsem jedni ku etla v 2012 Hahaha Na t st jsem si d lala pozn mky, tak e jsem se v Intrik ch zorientovala celkem rychle A jo, p esn tohle mi chyb lo Gossip Girl z p elomu 19 a 20 stolet z New Yorku Sle ny tu dok ou b t p kn mrchy a zlatokopky V echny ty intriky m moc bavily a jsem zv dav na dal d ly Jen tedaco ten konec OMG A jsem t m Penelopa 4 5 English review I have read first book of this series, Luxe, back in 2012 and never continuned with the series Well, as part of my TBR clearance on my shelves, I decided to continune with Rumours Not only does this series have one of the most gorgeous covers, it s also a perfect series for lovers of Gossip Girl, which is exactly why I picked it up We have about 5 main PoVs 4 girls and 1 boy Almost most of them are priviliged and beautiful, the top of the New York s hierarchy back in the beginning of 20th century Which also means they are spoiled Elizabeth Holland was meant to marry one of the richest boys in NY but she rather fled with her true love, Will, who was working for her family Her younger sister Diana is in love with Lizzie s ex fianc and so is Penelope, Blair of Lux series We also have PoV of so called ex fianc , Henry And finally we have Lina, who was a maid for Elizabeth s family, but thanks to Penelope, she started a new life as Carolina, fake heiress from the West I had a lot of fun reading Rumours It s really fast paced, gripping from times to times and very dramatic Let s say it s a fancy soup opera The most important thing about this series are relationships, of course And I am a sucker for those So, if you are a big fan of Gossip Girl, pick it up, please It s basically the same I am not sure how much is this historically accurate, but I also liked background of NY and the most prominent families As for the characters, we have quite a variety here I loved Penelope the most, eventhough she s quite a bitch Well, Elizabeth is quite plain for me and so is Diana, who I don t ship with Henry at all And Lina I despise that chick I know she only wants the best but man what a gold digger I enjoyed Rumours a lot and it also made me watch GG after that Fast paced, interesting characters, lot of backstabbing, love drama everything wrapped in one book And also the ending oh man, didn t expect that I mean view spoiler I never expected Will to die hide spoiler