''The Luxe'' is a series of teenage books by Anna Godbersen, set in New York in during the social season of 1899-1900, and dealing with the machinations of the rich and famous (plus some of their servants). The books are told from the alternating points of view of socialite Elizabeth Holland, her sister Diana Holland, their sometime maid Lina Broud, bachelor Henry Schoonmaker and BigBadFriend Penelope Hayes.

The book covers each feature one of the main female characters in a PimpedOutDress. The Series is told in four parts.

* ''Luxe'' (2007)
* ''Rumors'' (2008)
* ''Envy'' (2009)
* ''Splendor'' (2010)

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!!! Provides examples of:

* AlphaBitch: Penelope[[spoiler:Schoonmaker, née]] Hayes
* AltarTheSpeed: Many times, with Elizabeth and Henry's wedding [[spoiler:(which does not happen)]], Penelope and Henry's wedding, Elizabeth and Snowden's wedding and Carolina and Leland's wedding [[spoiler:(which also does not happen)]].
* AmbiguouslyGay: Buck
* AmbitionIsEvil: Penelope
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Penelope to Henry, which he agrees to in order to save Diana's reputation.
* ArrangedMarriage: Elizabeth and Henry. She is engaged to Henry to save her family from poverty whereas he has been pressured to marry her for her spotless reputation and to advance his father's political career.
* AtTheOperaTonight
* BegoneBribe: Carolina gives one to Tristan.
* BigApplesauce
* [[spoiler: Bittersweet Ending]]
* {{Blackmail}}: How Penelope becomes Mrs Schoonmaker
* BrainyBrunette: Diana seems to be the only girl interested in reading in the entire series. [[MagnificentBastard Penelope]] also earns her status as a BrainyBrunette through all her schemes.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Henry does this to the elder Mr. Schoonmaker [[spoiler: right before he collapses of a heart attack]]
* TheClan: The Schoonmakers qualify, and likely the Hollands as well
* ConspicuousConsumption: The Hayes mansion on Fifth Avenue in contrast with the SimpleYetOpulent Holland mansion in Gramercy Pary
* DancesAndBalls
* DarkSecret: Elizabeth with Will, Lina and her backstory
* DeadGuyJunior:[[spoiler: Keller Cutting, named after his father Will Keller]]
* DeathByFallingOver:[[spoiler: Elizabeth pushes Snowden Cairns down a staircase to his death. Henry Schoonmaker contemplates doing this to Penelope.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Lina
* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl: Henry ]]
* [[spoiler: DiedInYourArmsTonight: Will dies in Elizabeth's arms]]
* DisappearedDad: Edward Holland
* DrowningMySorrows: Henry, frequently. This is a trait he inherited from his father.
* {{The Gay Nineties}}
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Elizabeth realizes this about Snowden, as he killed both her father and her husband in order to steal the wealth of the Hollands.]]
* FakingTheDead: Elizabeth while she is in California with Will.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: William Schoonmaker wants this for Henry, although he is initially reluctant. [[spoiler: He ends up assuming the role in the end, though.]]
* GenerationXerox: Heavily implied with Henry Schoonmaker being his father's spitting image and being shown to have a head for business as well as being able to shoulder responsibility [[spoiler: once he inherits his father's wealth.]] Also hinted at that the elder Schoonmaker was a suitor of Edith Holland, Diana's aunt, in his youth. [[spoiler: He does not marry her. Henry does not marry Diana either.]]
* GentlemenRankers: Teddy Cutting and Henry Schoonmaker become these temporarily. However, while Teddy is stationed in the Philippines and comes back showing signs of being a ShellShockedVeteran, Henry is stationed in Cuba due to his father's connections, and ends up spending most of the time [[PiratesWhoDontDoAnything racing naval boats]] as the war there is long over.
* [[spoiler: GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Elizabeth, of the type 2 variety.]]
* GoldDigger: Tristan Wrigley. He befriends wealthy patronesses for this reason, and this is why he helps Carolina.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Just ''look'' at the front covers!
* GoSeduceMyArchNemesis: Penelope tries this with Grayson in regards to Diana. [[spoiler: It doesn't really work]]
* GrewASpine: This is Henry's coming of age, first being able to stand up to Penelope and then to his father.
* HairTriggerTemper: Penelope
* HappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler: Elizabeth and Teddy Cutting]]
* HappyMarriageCharade: [[spoiler: Elizabeth and Snowden for a time...until she realizes he is the BigBad in regards to what has happened to her family.]]
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler:Elizabeth]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Elizabeth]]
* FollowTheLeader: These books are basically ''GossipGirl'' set in ''TheAgeOfInnocence''
** TropesAreNotBad
* IdleRich
* ImpoverishedPatrician: The Holland Family
* TheIngenue: Elizabeth. [[spoiler: Or at least, she's supposed to be.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Carolina Broad and Carey Lewis Longhorn
* ItsAllAboutMe: Carolina's major weakness as she climbs the social ladder.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler: Penelope Hayes. She spends most of the series never facing any serious consequences for her actions and by the end it appears that she will marry into royalty. However, her intuition was right in that the Prince is just [[{{Irony}} like]] [[MagnificentBastard her]], as he leaves New York without notifying her and becomes engaged to a member of the French nobility.]]
* KilledOffForReal:[[spoiler:Will Keller]]
* LadyOfAdventure: Diana Holland
* LadyKillerInLove: Henry for Diana
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Elizabeth Holland and Penelope Hayes
* LoveDodecahedron: Oh, where to start.
** Firstly, Teddy is in love with Elizabeth Holland, and has been since childhood. She is engaged to Henry Schoonmaker, who is secretly in love with Diana, Elizabeth's sister. Penelope, Elizabeth's best friend is in love with Henry. Elizabeth is secretly with Will Keller, her stable-boy. Also in love with Will is Lina Broud, Elizabeth's poor servant.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Penelope Hayes in regards to Henry Schoonmaker
* PutOnABus: Grayson Hayes, who is working on the Hayes' interests in London, is only present in the second and third books before returning there.
* ManipulativeBitch: Penelope
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Leland Bouchard
* MayDecemberRomance: Averted with Carolina Broad and Carey Lewis Longhorn
* MockMillionaire: Carolina Broad. [[spoiler: For a while.]]
* MostWritersAreWriters: Diana Holland and her talents in composing newspaper articles
* MotorMouth: Leland
* [[spoiler: MultipleGunshotDeath: Will Keller]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''Hazmat'' was the surname of the Hayes family before they changed the name.
* NobilityMarriesMoney:[[spoiler: Averted. The Prince of Bavaria does not marry Penelope.]]
* NouveauRiche: The Hayes Family. Carolina Broad also counts.
* OfficialCouple: Henry and Diana, Elizabeth and Will [[spoiler: Although this later becomes Elizabeth and Teddy]]
* ThePatriarch: William Sackhouse Schoonmaker
* PennyAmongDiamonds: Carolina Broad [[spoiler:and eventually her sister.]]
* PluckyGirl: Diana
* PregnantHostage:/PregnantBadass: [[spoiler: Snowden keeps Elizabeth bedridden and sedated with ether, but she slips out of it long enough to deliver her CrowningMomentOfAwesome]]
* ReplacementLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Teddy Cutting]] for Elizabeth
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler: Elizabeth pushing Snowden down a flight of stairs in retaliation for what he did to her family.]]
* RichBitch: Penelope
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Edward Holland
** [[spoiler: Subverted in that he is thought to be this, but it turns out he was wiser than most of the Holland family, being able to figure out about Will and Elizabeth's secret romance years before anyone else and bequeathing them both oil lands in his will. His family is thrust into debt because Snowden kills him and steals and lies his way into claiming the Holland wealth. In fact, it was Edward Holland's uncanny ability to make sound, if slightly risky business decisions that resulted in him being killed.]]
* RichesToRags: The Holland Family
* RunningGag: Do not call Penelope 'Penny'.
* SexlessMarriage: With one notable exception, played straight with Henry and Penelope.
* SilkHidingSteel: Elizabeth
* {{Socialite}}: The entire main cast.
* [[spoiler: SomeoneToRememberHimBy: After Will dies, Elizabeth experiences MorningSickness and finds out that she is pregnant with his child.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Isabelle Schoonmaker for Henry and Penelope
* {{Spirited Young Lady}}: Diana.
* SpoiledBrat: Penelope
* StaircaseTumble:[[spoiler:Snowden Cairns]]
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Will has shades of this.
* TrophyWife: Isabelle Schoonmaker is William Schoonmaker's second, much younger wife
* UnexpectedInheritance:[[spoiler: Lina, upon the death of Carey Lewis Longhorn]]
* UnwantedSpouse: Penelope is one to Henry.
* WealthyEverAfter: [[spoiler: Carolina and Claire Broad/Broud. The Hollands and their newfound Oil money likely count]]
* XMeetsY: GossipGirl meets TheAgeOfInnocence
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