Monday, October 22, 2018

House of Gold by Natasha Solomons

 
Greta had been a handful since birth with her governesses explaining that if she had been anything but a Goldbaum, she would be out on the street.

The Goldbaums always married distant cousins to keep the name, their power, and their wealth secure.

Greta was to marry her second cousin from London whom she never met, but she was fine with it because she was hoping this would take her away from her daunting mother and all her rules about proper behavior.

As I was reading, it seemed as if I were living in a fairy tale.  Every whim and want was satisfied for Greta and her family. The description of the mansions was unbelievable, and I laughed when one of the servants confessed she needed a map to navigate the home.

The writing style and the detail Ms. Solomons uses draws you into the story even though some of it is filled with politics and business dealings.  She adds enough family drama and interest of the era to keep you reading, but it did get tedious at times.

The characters were definitely depicted as true to this era and class, and they grew on you as you read.  Some you grew to like and others you grew to wonder why they acted as they did.

If you enjoy reading about aristocrats, politics, European history in the late 1800's/early1900's, war, and the non-public side of the wealthy, HOUSE OF GOLD will be of interest.

The book was well written, but was a bit long.  The characters - especially Greta - made the book.  She was a feisty, strong woman.  4/5


This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 10/22/2018

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I hope you had a great reading week.  
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed:

A DANGEROUS DUET by Karen Odden - review will be on November 6 - finished on October 17.

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THE MIRROR SHOP by Nicholas Bundock - review is in the book's title.

This book was a really good read...enjoyable.

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TAHOE SKYDROP by Todd Borg - review will be on October 30 - finished October 3.

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THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way - review will be on October 24 - finished September 27.

This is a MUST READ!!

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THE RAIN WATCHER by Tatiana Da Rosnay - review will be on October 23 - finished September 24.

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HOUSE OF GOLD by Natasha Solomons - review will be on October 22 - finished September 22.

Beautiful writing, but a bit too long.

 
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BEDSIDE MANNERS by Heather Frimmer - review is in the book's title.

 
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Book Currently Reading:

ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield - review will be on December 11.

 
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Books Up Next:


THE PROMISE OF PROVENCE by Patricia Sands - review will be in December 18.

  
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HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR by Krystin Kusek Lewis - review will be on December 31.

 
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THE RED ADDRESS BOOK by Sofia Lundberg - review will be on January 2, 2019.

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FREEFALL by Jessica Barry - review will be on January 3, 2019.


 

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WATCHING YOU by Lisa Jewell - review will be on January 7, 2019.


 

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SHE LIES IN WAIT by Gytha Lodge - review will be on January 8, 2019.


 

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AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sara Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2019.




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THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous - review will be on January 10, 2019.


 

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ANNELIES by David R. Gillham - review will be on January 19, 2019.

The premise involves Anne Frank.  :) Sounds VERY good.



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THE WARTIME SISTERS by Lynda Cohen Logiman - review will be on January 22, 2019.


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THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff - review will be on February 4, 2019.

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FORGET YOU KNOW ME by Jessica Strawser - review will be on February 5, 2019.
 
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THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Kaira Rouda - review will be on February 14, 2019. 

Cover revealed on October 3, 2018. 

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THE LAST ROMANTICS - review will be on February 19, 2019.

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WOMAN 99 by Greer MacAllister - review will be in March 5, 2019.

No data base photo yet, but the publisher is Sourcebooks.

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THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR by Susan Meissner - review will be on March 14, 2019.

 
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BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward - review will be on March 19, 2019.


 

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LITTLE DARLINGS by Melanie Golding - review will be on April 30, 2019.


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