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.
I was in love with most of the characters! First thing you need to know is that the plot switches in between Elizabeth, Diana, Penelope, Henry and Lina’s point of view. Each character connects in some way. My favorite characters were Diana and Penelope! Diana was rebellious compared to her older sister and wanted more out of life then just to marry rich and go to fancy parties. Then there’s Penelope and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people didn’t like her. She was a real queen B that’s for sure but I love her because she reminds me of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl! She’s rich, bold and always has a scheme for revenge up her sleeve.
If you don’t like drama then this is definitely not the book for you but luckily for me I LOVE drama. There’s an engagement in the book and the whole book is about each character’s opinions on the marriage. There’s someone trying to stop the wedding, someone trying to ruin the bride and someone trying to stop having feelings for the groom.
I had mixed feelings about Elizabeth. She was prim and proper and seemed nice but there were also times where she was so rude and snobby.
Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. I liked reading about all the drama, I thought it was entertaining. The characters were all different and in one way connected to each other. I liked the ending, it was so unexpected. The book started off with a prologue with someone dying so I just waiting for that character to die but when it happened it took me by surprise. Although this book was good it was taken surprise when it was kicked off the list. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.