Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys wish sly smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secret, 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.
What I thought
This book was like a young adult Downton Abbey, set in New York City. Full of secrets, scandals, and betrayals, this book is definitely for you if you like reading about drama.
A little more on the slow-moving side, I nevertheless found this to be very addictive. In fact, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of book #2! Even though the plot took a while to get where it was going, it never felt clunky. I was too invested in the characters (who I thought were all very well down) & I wanted to see if any of them would get their happily-ever-afters.
The historical fiction aspect was not the strongest, however I never had difficulty picturing what time period I was reading about. I generally prefer a bit more description when it comes to historical fiction, but then again, the focus of the story was definitely the characters.
Overall, I thought this was a great book. I really loved following this set of characters, even the naughty ones, and I can’t wait to see what happens to them in the next book!