by Anna Godbersen


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Gossip Girl meets the Gilded Age in this delicious and compelling novel, the second in the New York Times bestselling series from author Anna Godbersen.

As old friends become rivals, Manhattan’s most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal...or more precious than a secret.

True love. False friends. Scandalous gossip. This is Manhattan, 1899.

After bidding good-bye to New York’s brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.

All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family’s only hope for redemption; New York’s most notorious cad, Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth’s scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.

“Mystery, romance, jealousy, betrayal, humor, and gorgeous, historically accurate details. I couldn’t put The Luxe down!” —Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062852175
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Luxe Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 299,167
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Anna Godbersen is the author of the New York Times bestselling Luxe series. She was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Rumors 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 393 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The mysterious death of Elizabeth Holland still hangs onto the hearts of those whom she was close to. Her fiancé remembers the look she gave him the last time their eyes met and it continues to haunt him. Only Diana Holland and Penelope Hayes know the truth behind Elizabeth's death. That she didn't in fact perish, but fled New York to follow her one true love, Will Keller.

Penelope has her heart set on claiming everything that Elizabeth left behind, including her fiancé, Henry Schoonmaker. Henry, however, is even more aware of his feelings for the younger Holland sister, Diana.

Lina Broud, the Holland's former maid, continues to rise into society as she had often dreamed. Box seats at the Opera and lavish parties are now her reality. She also continues to be a cause of trouble for the Holland sisters, with the help of Penelope Hayes.

When Elizabeth receives word that her mother is ill and that the family is in financial disarray, she knows that she must return to New York. Even if it means revealing the scandalous nature of her true disappearance. Elizabeth never could have imagined what events would unfold next.

RUMORS was an entertaining and captivating sequel to THE LUXE. If possible, it may be even better than its predecessor! Godbersen continues to impress me with her writing and flair for the dramatic. Although I initially started reading this book for its historical fiction aspect, I couldn't help but become engrossed in all components of the story!

Diana continues her reign as my favorite character. I admire her strength and compassion. Penelope, unfortunately, continues to be her evil, conniving self, and I only hope that she gets what she deserves in the end. I have come to know and care for these characters and I was very surprised and shocked by the ending! I have to say I was a little disappointed at first and thought that certain aspects were unnecessary, but not every book can have a happy ending.

I have faith in Godbersen's creative mind and I can't wait to see what she has devised next. I will eagerly be waiting for the release of ENVY.
SquirtAH More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put rumors down! Rumors was so much better than luxe. this whole series is petty good. it makes you keep guessing then makes a huge twist
ali_catt More than 1 year ago
Wow.I thought this book was very good. It suprised me alot near the ending, and at times it was really sad, but i love it! It had a lot of drama, which I enjoyed very much. Overall, I thought it was a great book. :]
Whisperlynn More than 1 year ago
The follow-up to The Luxe, exceeds anticipations. The world created by the writer is beautifully described and pulls the reader into all that we dreamed about as little girls. The american "royalty" depicted is extremely beleivable and fantastic at the same time...even the scandals, back-stabbing, and munipultions are as enjoyable to the reader as the daydream quality this series exudes. If you enjoyed The Luxe, you will rave about Rumors...this is one I will read over and over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i just read the book, and overall i like the book. I don't know why i didn't pick up this book earlier and i always see this book right in front of me but idk. Penelope is such a witch, i can't think of anyone to be so evil and exhausting just reading whats going through this characters mind. I feel so sorry for Diana and Elizabeth, the way it had end in this book for them. Lina, i don't know what to think about her, i somewhat feel bad for her and i get how shes trying to fit in with the high class crowd but i also think its so wrong for her to sell out the Hollands of all their secrets, when she has one of her own. Although i like how detailed the author is to make the scenes of the book suck you in and like your right their watching every move these characters make. Oh yah i love the covers of the books its very eyes catching and gorgeous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rumors is the sequel to The Luxe, which set the stage of the backstabbing social world of NYC at the turn of the twentieth century. All eyes are upon Diana Holland, the late Elizabeth Holland's younger sister, the family's only hope of redeeming their financial situaton. In the meanwhile, Penelope Hayes, NYC's most envied girl in society, is stirring trouble by trying to take everything Elizabeth left, including her fiance. Now, however, everyone is watching Henry Schoonmaker, NYC's most notorious bachelor, to see whom is next for his proposal after the tragic passing of Elizabeth. Then, there is Carolina Broad a newcomer, an immediate exotic beauty. But, behind the rich and glamorous heiress is a vulnerable girl, once Lina Broud, the Holland's former maid. Once again Anna Godbersen spins a phenomenal, scandalous tale, of how even the best are not quite the best.
Angieville More than 1 year ago
Well, everyone's in love with the one person they can't have and no one seems to be able to communicate their woe to anyone who could help. Must be Tuesday in Luxeland. RUMORS is the second volume in the Luxe series and, as the deep red dress and haughty gaze of the cover model suggest, things are just getting worse and worse for our crew of Manhattan debutantes/bachelors/scheming underlings. I checked this copy out from the library and the girl at the checkout desk smiled knowingly and said, "I liked this one." I smiled and said, "I just finished THE LUXE." Her grin got bigger. "I liked this one much better," she said. So. There you go. I was beginning to get the impression that lovers of THE LUXE fell into two categories: even bigger lovers or big time haters of RUMORS. I was interested to see which category I fell into (if any).

So everyone thinks Elizabeth Holland is dead. And pretty soon (oh, let's go ahead and say it) shockingly soon, everyone thinks Henry Schoonmaker should just say enough with the mourning and go ahead and marry Penelope Hayes since it is clear they were Meant To Be. What with the being rich and hot and whatnot. But then Elizabeth Holland is not actually dead, is she? And Henry is not actually in love with Penelope, is he? Meanwhile, Lina is masquerading about as a mining heiress from Utah (LOL), Penelope is advancing on Henry like a post-coital black widow, and the weight of the world rests squarely on Diana's little shoulders as she is the one who is now expected to make a most advantageous marriage to save the family name. Just not the advantageous marriage she'd like to make.

I liked this one. Liked it just as much as the first one, in fact. I continue to enjoy Diana and Henry and what's going on there. I continue to hate Penelope unreservedly and feel almost unbearably embarrassed for Lina around the clock. Although I do wonder about Tristan. As I was never a fan of the whole Elizabeth and Will thing, I was perfectly happy to have them off screen (for the most part). And I have to say, I really liked the ending. I mean it was exactly the awful thing you were expecting down to the last dewy glance. In slow motion. But then the last page was just so awesome and fierce in its way, that I'm really looking forward to reading ENVY and consuming another volume of decadent treats on display.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anna Godbersen gave readers a delicious follow up to The Luxe in this exquisitely scandalous novel. Rumours brings us back to all our favorite characters, and all the ones we love to hate. There's Elizabeth Holland, now out west and forging a new life with Will after she escaped from Manhatten's social scene by faking her own death. Her sister, Diana, is pretending to mourn for her and being presured to make a good marriage as the family fortune dwindles. And all the while she's pining away for her sister's former fiance... Penelope Hayes, who has her eyes on Henry as well, is playing the part of the demure debutante so she can impress his father. Meanwhile, Lina Broud is discovering that being a lady means more than having money. And Henry Schoonmaker himself, Manhattan's own heartthrob, who faces the possibilty of being seperated from his love forever. In her second novel, Anna Godbersen's writing has improved. The characters are more developed, and Manhatten 1899 is a fully believable setting. Cholk-full of intriuge and good use of the English language, the second installment in the series is more than just teen fluff. This time around you have sympathy for all the characters, who happen to have twice as many juicy secrets. You won't be able to put Rumours down, and it will leave you longing for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yum, yum, yum. This book was just as delightful as the first one in the series which I am really happy about. Sometimes, you get an amazing first book and then a really bad sequel, but in the Luxe series, that is not the case. Thankfully. I completely loved hearing more about all of the scandal surrounding the families that I had come to know and love in the previous book. I think one of the things that is the best about this series is that Anna Godbersen has the perfect writing style to go along with the storyline. She knows how to write so that even the language aspect of the book draws you into a world that's far from your own. Also, the plot was really amazing. There were a ton of twists and surprises that left my mouth open, and my mind scrambling. But in a good way of course. These were nice and luscious twists that were completely plausible but at the same time unexpected. The ending especially nearly wrenched me apart. I almost cried! Yikes! It's a little wierd to confess to crying over a book that's purely fluff made for enjoyment. But it's the kind of book that gets you to relate to the characters and actually care about what happens to them. That's definitely one of the parts that keeps me coming back for more. I feel like I'm actually in the turn of the century New York, which is saying something because not only do I have no idea what New York's like, I do not in any way know what anything around that time period would be like. But the book is such that you can't help but be drawn in. And although this series is completely fluffy, I still love it to pieces and I can't wait for the next book, Envy. If you haven't read the first book, The Luxe, you had better go and pick it up soon!
adpaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anna Godbersen¿s two `Luxe¿ novels ¿ Rumours and Envy ¿ are truly guilty pleasures, very much in the fantastical Barbara Cartland style of bodice-ripper, although better written and certainly more sexually explicit. The Holland family is at the apex of fin de siecle New York society and the two daughters of the house, fascinatingly fair Elizabeth and bewitchingly brunette Diana ¿ are the toast of the town. Elizabeth¿s betrothal to the divinely beautiful millionaire playboy Henry Schoonmaker seems pre-ordained ¿ until the bride-to-be is kidnapped, presumed dead, leaving her fiancé bereft and her family destitute. Like soap operas, Chick Fic¿s most endearing quality is its sheer unlikeliness: Elizabeth isn¿t dead, just eloped with the groom; Henry is not bereft because he is in love with Diana, and a cast of amoral vixens and adventurers haunt the pages with little better to do than thwart the cause of true love. The villain Penelope blackmails Henry into abandoning Diana and marrying her and at the same time Elizabeth¿s groom is spotted by the police and shot dead, since they believe he has kidnapped his mistress ¿ and so ends Rumours¿Envy is even more unexpectedly absurd and the Holland girls are invited to go on holiday with the newly wed Schoonmakers and, naturally, Henry and Diana resume their relationship much to the fury of the evil Penelope. The book ends with Henry heading off to war: when dainty Diana hears this she cuts off her long, lustrous curls, puts on an old army coat, dons a man¿s bowler hat, and sets off to enlist with him, posing as a man.That exquisite face, that swan neck, those perfect breasts, that delicate yet deliciously curvy little body is magically transformed by just a change of apparel ¿ but that is how things work in the world of Chick Fic and you either accept it or don¿t bother reading it at all. Great fun ¿ total tosh of course but the ridiculously entertaining pages are peopled by beauties with great grey eyes, magnificent clusters of wild curls, tiny, plump pouting mouths and pearly teeth, floating along an absurdly small feet, in a flurry of fur, feathers, frills and flounces. Fabulous.
AngieBrooke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am loving this series. They're like historical soap operas gorgeous dresses, betrayal, love and all.
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a sad end to Elizabeth's story, well at least for this book. As far as the other characters, Henry needs to grow some balls and stand up for himself, and poor Diana, she finally grew up and has now lost her love for now. Hopefully the series has happy endings for these sisters.
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(minor spoilers if you haven't read the first book, The Luxe)In the second book of the Luxe series we are focused a bit more on the younger Holland sister Diana. As society reels from Elizabeth's death and speculates on possible alternatives, Diana must grow up quickly to save the family. They are quickly running out of money and things to sell for money. Her best hope is to marry her sister's former fiance, Henry Schoonmaker, who is mourning for Elizabeth. But it isn't a simple as all that. Penelope Hayes, who played a part in Elizabeth's death/disappearance, has her eyes on Henry as well, and she is not afraid to use every underhanded trick she can think of to win him over.Diana is a girl after my own heart. She mocks society and all it's silliness as she attempts to play along - if only for appearances sake. She loves Henry deeply and passionately, and prays for when it will be considered appropriate for them to leave mourning and become engaged. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Will have settled in California and are looking for oil when a letter from Diana causes enough concern for them to risk returning to New York to try and help, for Elizabeth's mother is quite ill and the financial situation is becoming even more dire.Penelope is a very mean person (I'd like to use a different phrase, but my daughter reads this). While I respect her will to fight and do whatever it takes to get what she wants...I hate to see how she treats the people around her in order to get it. This book moved a bit more slowly for me than the first in the series. There were many small details that became large ones and I'm hoping they are all made relevant in the third book. I'm far too attached to Diana to give up on her now and will be ordering the next in the series, Envy as soon I can.3.5/5
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't actually like the Luxe series all that much, the problem is that I just have to know what happens. This is the second of Anna Godbersen's Luxe series. The story centers (mostly) around Elizabeth's sister, Diana and the young man she's in love with, Henry. The problem, of course, is Elziabeth's best friend, Penelope Hayes. While that appears to be the main issue, Godbersen does do some things right. Diana Holland and her mother must battle their increasing lack of wealth, the loss of several of their servants, and their grief for Elizabeth. Rumors is full of double crossing, heart break (and heartache), and a surprising wedding at the end. As much as I don't want to keep reading, I will because I need to know what happens to the Hollands.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, this series is addictive. I don't much like any of the characters barring Diana, I thought the real ending of this was dreadful, the teaser ending at the start did add to the suspense. This seemed to be more of a setup for a third instalment than a book on its own, nothing is resolved here. And I will keep on reading, because I must know what happens to Diana.I'd give this to people who enjoyed Luxe.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much better than the first in the series, 'The Luxe'. Characters were a lot more dynamic, yet realistic, and I actually found myself wanting to know what was going to happen. I think they also did a better job reseraching the rules of society for this one, which were often insightful at times.It is a pretty sad story however but teen girls will probably gobble this one up. I'm actually interested to read the next one -- Envy. When's it coming out?
vhoeschler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
And I¿m Done with the SeriesI knew what I was getting into with Rumors after having read Luxe but this book proved too vapid even for me. (This is saying something considering I was looking to read something light; this was the Diet Coke of light reading) Again, for the Gossip Girl lover, you might find some entertainment value here but all you¿re really doing is picturing Chase Crawford in a top hat and Leighton Meester asphyxiating herself with a corset.
km3scott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This new series is really heating up! We uncover what really happened to Elizabeth, and how Diana and her mother are getting along. Henry is in love, and Penelope wants to know who with. This story is a bit mystery, a lot of romance, and many suprises along the way. I can't wait for the next one in the series.
nutti72 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to "Luxe", a Gossip Girls like book set at the turn of the 20th Century. It offers a truly interesting view of life for the upper crust in NYC. The book focuses primarily on the Holland girls, but it's a book told by alternating chapters by the main characters. Each chapter introduction is a news clip or other tidbit.
iwriteinbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven¿t reviewed many books contained in series on the blog and find it incredibly hard. It¿s almost like reviewing the middle of a book, right where the juicy part is but still trying to maintain a veil of secrecy.Nowhere is this more difficult to accomplish than in the second installment of Anna Godberson¿s four part Luxe set, Rumors. Staged in turn of the century Manhattan and essentially the wilderness of California, the second book finds our party of revelers and mourners garter deep in more trouble than they can manage.There is nothing like good scandal to keep readers guessing which is why it is incredibly difficult to lay it on the line for review dissection.The stage set by The Luxe was a gaudy one but also one that hinted toward a lust for the other side of the tracks. When we meet them again, both Holland girls find themselves in over their heads in love and in life. Their passions can¿t be contained within the walls of the society in which they were born and raised and this, inevitably, leads to trouble.The usual suspects return, starring debutante extraordinaire, Penny, reluctant millionaire heir, Henry; social climbing but clueless ex-maid, Lina, handsome and wholesome oil-hopeful Will and of course, that lovable entity, the gossip column.I enjoyed the sequel as a welcome diversion from real life drama. I won¿t get into the specifics of the small things that irked me because it involves listing unforgivable spoilers. Let¿s just say several people show up dead, alive and, more dramatically, married. But, well, that¿s just Manhattan in 1899.
dfullmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short sequel to The Luxe. Liked it as much as the first, my only complaint is that they are too short and make you wait for another sequel.
kakumadepew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit slow at the begining but picks up a lot at the end.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Hollands, Hayeses, and Schoonmakers are back in this sequel to The Luxe. Again, the story is told through the eyes of many characters, allowing us a complete picture of socialite life in 1899 New York City. Rumors begins with the wedding of Mr. Henry Schoonmaker... but the identity of his bride is not revealed until much later in the book. Rumors start to fly as people suspect that Miss Elizabeth Holland might still be alive and the appearance of a new young face, Miss Carolina Broad, is intriguing to some.If you liked The Luxe, you'll like this sequel. It ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger and I know from the jacket flap that Anna Godbersen is working on a third Luxe book.
simplykatie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i'm loving this book series. and i'm also loving the fact that i could give this to a teen who watches "gossip girl," but is on the young side without worrying about what a parent might think of the drugs and alcohol in the "gossip girl" series. i'm definitely bummed about the ending of the book and i have to admit that i didn't see it coming because i was so wrapped up in the story. third book is coming out soon, i hope!
deslivres5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the continuation of the story with these characters from the first Luxe novel. I absolutely hated the twist at the end! But I can't wait for the third novel to see how the events evolve...