The year is 1899 and the Holland girls, older sister Elizabeth and younger sister Diana, seem to have it all. Elizabeth has just returned from being overseas and seems to be the perfect young lady while Diana is a bit mischievous, preferring to be locked in her bedroom with a good book to being the perfect society girl. They seem set to live the lives of the beautiful and rich New York girls until they find out a horrible family secret. Elizabeth is set to be married to a powerful man but all is not as it seems. And so the story begins of betrayal, secrets and gossip. And when Elizabeth Holland turns up dead all of New York seems to go into a tailspin, wondering if their beloved sweetheart was really all she seemed.
This book reminded me of Gossip Girl only set back in 1899. Friends aren’t as they seem, enemies are meant to be kept close and there’s drama at the turn of every page. It was easy to get caught up in the lives of these girls, not only the Holland girls but Elizabeth’s best friend Penelope, her maid Lina and all the men that seemed to circle around them. I had a hard time putting this book down because at the end of every chapter there seemed to be another twist in the story. It creates this gossip that you must know and it’s easy to see why the lives of these girls would have been read about in every newspaper in New York. I definitely enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. I hope it’s as good as this one!
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