Elizabeth Holland is society's sweetheart in this Gossip Girl-like novel set during the turn of the 19th century. She is thought to be the perfect debutante, sweet, proper, yielding. But Elizabeth has secrets and passion of her own. She is compelled to do the right things, however, and marry Henry Schoonmaker, a rich playboy, who has his sights set on someone else. Elizabeth's sister, Diana, as well as her friend, Penelope, have stakes set into who marries Henry Schoonmaker and Penelope is not going to let him marry Elizabeth without a fight.
Let me say that I'm a fan of the Gossip Girl books. Some of them are tedious and, frankly, there are too many of them, but they are a good read and fun and easy. So I went into this book knowing it was suppose to be Gossip Girl, only historical. And it was. Elizabeth was much like Sabrina, only better and Penelope was much like Blair, only slier. Henry was a Nate character, but less stoned and more aware and Diana was a Jenny. What made this different was the society and the history involved. Also Elizabeth was much more caged in by what she could do or who she should love. The ending was not unexpected but was a nice turn-around and I'm looking forward to the next book.