Fledglings: The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

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The Fledglings book club met this week to discuss The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. 

1899. Manhatten, New York.  The Holland family is the envy of many.  They are old money.  The daughters, Elizabeth and Diana are everything young debutantes are expected to be.  Society is unaware that the family is struggling financially after Mr. Holland’s death.  It seems Elizabeth may have to marry rich to keep the family afloat.  But Elzabeth’s carriage slips on the icy roads and overturns near the East River.  Her body is never found. 

Comments from the Fledglings:

Well written. 
Typical plot.
Loved the descriptions of settings and clothing. 
Very like novels from the late 1800s. 
Setting was the best part of the book. 
Story itself was quite predictable. 
Descriptions were fabulous.
Characters were very believeable.
All of the characters were well drawn and had both good and bad qualities. 
Definitely better than thought it would be.
Everyone loved the cover — DRESSES!
Not a typical teen roamnce. 

Final rating: 7.625 out of 10

The next Fledglings meeting will be Tuesday, December 13th at 4:30pm.  The book being discussed is I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. 

protect the diamonds
survive the clubs
dig deep through the spades
feel the hearts

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

If your a teen in grades 10 through 12 and are interested in joining Fledglings, please email us at owlsnestbooks@shaw.ca, call us at 403-287-9557 or just drop into one of the meetings.

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