Elizabeth is forced into an engagement to Henry Shoonmaker, a man she barely knows, with a terrible reputation as a ladies man, who happens to be the person Penelope is in love with. The Socialites[ edit ] Elizabeth Holland must choose between the family duty of an arranged marriage and true love. Elizabeth, 18 years old, is described as angelic, with ash blond hair and brown eyes. She does everything she is told, and obeys her mother. She secretly spends long passionate nights with her stable boy, Will, but she has to marry Henry Schoonmaker to save her family from becoming poor.
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Feb 27, Nancy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: love triangle readers Shelves: The Holland sisters, Elizabeth and Diana, are at the top of the social ladder. When their father dies, the girls move away to get educated about being a proper lady and when they come back, they find out that things dont look too good for the Holland family.
Theyre broke. But if Mrs. Holland has anything to say about it, they wont be, not for long. If Elizabeth can marry Henry Schoonmakera man whos so handsome he has the hearts of all eligible femalestheir family name wont be smeared. But The Holland sisters, Elizabeth and Diana, are at the top of the social ladder. Falling in love with Henry, of course. I think not. The concept about rich girls leading scandalous lives in Manhattan, though set in for The Luxe, and how marriage was just beneficial for status upholding, is the same.
Everything else, not really. I think this is even worse than Gossip Girl. Take Elizabeth, for instance. She does absolutely nothing except to look blank and regretful.
Take notice that this book has pages. And the most unflattering character is Diana. All in all, not something I would ever pick up again. I like books with some kind of message, with development, with strong-willed protagonists that makes everything better, but I found nothing of the requirements here.
Two words: so predictable. But if you actually like the endless, unrealistic love triangles why would anyone like Henry, anyway? I mean, at least some of the history was nailed pretty accurately, thought most facts were just mentioned in passing.
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