By Ann Godbersen; HaperCollins 2007
Summary: 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.
My Review: Ann Godbersen has brought about an exciting series of the late 1800's and the entering 1900's with five teenager who live in New York. This series is Ann Godbersen's debut and I believe it to be a successful one. I have every single one of her books. I find her stories to be creative, exciting, and just enough drama to keep me on my toes. Get ready for some scandalous drama!
Elizabeth and Diana are sisters who are both very different from one another. Elizabeth is more quiet and does what she is told, to an extent. When it comes to saving her family from financial ruin she will even except marriage to Henry even though she is in love with her family's coachman Will. Diana is my personal favorite. She is a rebel,sassy, and has caught the eye of Henry. Then there is the evil mean girl Penelope who tries to ruin everyone's lives, especially the Holland sisters.
What I learned the most from this book and series is that it is important to follow your heart and fight for what you want even when duty to your family is envolved .
I love this series. I will always buy this author's books. I highly recommend them!
Watch Out For: Drinking, Kissing, Sex, Gossiping, Death, and just plain Scandal