Rumors is the second book in the Luxe series, and it's so much better than the first book! Elizabeth has faked her own death and is now out west with Will, and her sister Diana is back in NYC with all the drama. Elizabeth's ex-fiancee, Henry, has no shortage of girls vying to take Elizabeth's place, and her former maid is even making a play into the social scene.
I think the addition of the characters out west really helped this book. California in the late 1800s is fascinating! So rough and tumble. Elizabeth became more well-rounded, as we saw her working on making things work out there, without her maids and cook and society papers. I enjoyed getting to know her better in this book; getting to know the side of her who just loves Will, without worrying about what anyone else thinks. And once she lets that side of herself out, it bleeds out into her whole life- she starts caring about her mother and sister genuinely too!
Speaking of her sister... Diana really comes out of her sister's shadow in this book. She's a bit of a wild card in the NYC society! I love it! Very independent and smart. I'd want to be Diana's friend if I was living in the Luxe world.
The plot of the whole book is that the past can haunt you. Society is busy doing what they do best: whispering rumors about their own members. There are rumors flying about Elizabeth, of course, and also about her sister Diana. There's also rumors about the newest member of society, Lina Broad, and where she came from. Can the teens stay ahead of the rumors, or will they come around to bite them? There's actually a little bit of suspense in this book!
I listened to the audiobook and thought it was decently done. There wasn't anything to rave about, but nothing to complain about either.
*I checked out my copy of Rumors from my local library.