The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
The year is 1899, and amid the decadent parties of the very rich, New York's high society is talking about the astonishing betrothal of the prim-and-proper Elizabeth Holland to the well-born but badly-behaved Henry Schoonmaker. On the day of the wedding, however, Elizabeth's life is the center of attention...at her funeral.
Here is a steamy and suspenseful historical tale of scandalous affairs, clandestine trists, and backstabbing "friends". The clothing is gorgeous, the food is sumptuous, and the love interests are tangled. The book is light, but thoroughly enjoyable, and recommended for girls ages 14 to adult. No cussing or bloodshed; sexual situations are tactfully "off page."
This book has been nominated for the 2009 Evergreen Award, which is decided by readers in grades 7-12. Participants must read 2 or more nominated books and vote for the best. The list of 2010 nominated books is found online: https://webmail.kcls.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://webmail.kcls.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.kcls.org/evergreen/nominees/index.cfm