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SUMMARY House of Gold 107 Natasha Solomons ô 7 SUMMARY REVIEW House of Gold Ert and Greta's beloved brother Otto to the front lines one to fight for the Allies one to fight for the Central Powers the House of Gold is left vulnerable as never before and Greta must choose the family she's created or the one she was forced to leave behindSet against a nuanced portrait of World War I this is a sweeping family saga rich in historical atmosphere and heartbreakingly human characters House of Gold is Natasha Solomons's most dazzling and moving novel yet. House of Gold is a sweeping family drama that follows the fictional Goldbaum family in the years leading up to and during WWI I read a lot of historical fiction but I ve read very little set in this particular time period so I was excited to get into this book Greta a member of the Austrian branch of the Goldbaum family is the main focus although the novel does delve into the perspectives of other people in her life The cast of characters was one of the main strengths of the novel and it was a very character driven narrative Greta is gregarious and free spirited She is getting ready to marry Albert a distant cousin and a member of the English branch of the family when we join her story Goldbaum family tradition involves intermarrying to keep their vast wealth within the family Greta has never met Albert when her marriage with him is arranged by the family and feels extremely ambivalent about the pairing She doesn t want to marry a stranger but is afraid of going against her family s wishes While I was very invested in Greta and her story the pacing took away some of my enjoyment of this novel The way Solomons dabbled into the stories of other relatives occasionally made the story feel somewhat unfocused The aside about Greta s cousin s gambling debts for example did not add much to the story It did move the story forward as a plot point but it was not necessary to go into his perspective to do this These sections really just felt like they bogged down the pace We have no reason to care about this character as he is a relatively minor one so his obviously impending breaking point doesn t actually introduce any tension to the story Conversely other parts of the story seem to be entirely skipped over Greta is pregnant with her first child and the next thing I knew she was in labor with her second Aside from just skipping over a big chunk of time it pains me to think of the character development that could have been explored in that time frame Greta is young and a bit flighty when we meet her She is deeply changed by the war and by motherhood but we don t get to see any of those changes happening we simply skip over from young newlywed Greta to Greta as a mother of two Greta s brother Otto is also a major character although he is largely separate from her throughout the story His story largely focuses on the war and some very interesting power dynamics come into play in this context The Goldbaum family is rich beyond measure but also Jewish in a time of rising antisemitism The concept of wealth countering relatively little social privilege as well as instances in which it cannot do so play a large role throughout the novel Otto s story despite his wealthy background is ultimately tragic Overall I enjoyed House of Gold despite my misgivings about the pacing I became very invested in some of the characters I liked the importance of the family s Jewish identity in the novel and the family s personal affairs were balanced well with what was happening on a worldwide scale Readers who enjoy family dramas and historical fiction set during war time may find this a worthwhile read My thanks to Netgalley and GP Putman s Sons for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher You can read all of my reviews at my blog Jenna BookishFacebook Instagram Tumblr On the Edge Dublin Nights #1 is left vulnerable as never before and Greta must choose the family she's created or the one she was forced to leave behindSet against a nuanced portrait of World War I this Snakewood is a sweeping family saga rich 88 Poems in historical atmosphere and heartbreakingly human characters House of Gold Relatos íntimos is Natasha Solomons's most dazzling and moving novel yet. 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SUMMARY House of Gold 107 Natasha Solomons ô 7 SUMMARY REVIEW House of Gold Ectations United across Europe by unsurpassed wealth and power Goldbaum men are bankers while Goldbaum women marry Goldbaum men to produce Goldbaum children Greta will do her partSo Greta moves to England to wed Albert a distant cousin The marriage is not a success Yet when Albert's mother gives Greta a garden things at Temple Court begin to change First Greta falls in love with her garden then with England and finally with her husband But when World War I sends both Alb. 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 streetThe Goldbaums always married distant cousins to keep the name their power and their wealth secureGreta 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 behaviorAs 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 homeThe 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 timesThe 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 didIf you enjoy reading about aristocrats politics European history in the late 1800 searly1900 s war and the non public side of the wealthy HOUSE OF GOLD will be of interestThe book was well written but was a bit long The characters especially Greta made the book She was a feisty strong woman 45This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own

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SUMMARY House of Gold 107 Natasha Solomons ô 7 SUMMARY REVIEW House of Gold From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she's made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I Vienna 1911 Twenty one year old Greta Goldbaum has always hungered after what's forbidden secret university lectures unseemly trumpet lessons and most of all the freedom to choose her life's pathThe Goldbaum family has different exp. House of Gold is a sweeping saga of the Goldbaum family during World War One and the events leading up to the great war I am finding myself reading and historical fiction often for the actual history that is included in the books Some of these authors have done extensive research on fashion important families and most importantly the events of the era about which they are writing Natasha Solomons House of Gold is no exception Based on the Rothschild family the Goldbaums are one of if not the wealthiest families of Europe They are the bankers financiers and confidants of the most influential politicians and land owners Specifically House of Gold follows the branches of the family in Austria Germany France and England just prior to WW1 The story primarily is told by Greta from Austria and her brother Otto Greta is married off to a distant cousin in England As the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand occurs the branches of the family are severed with the families in Eastern Europe cut off from those in the west In the first portion of the book Solomons delves deep into the opulence of this wealthy family their parties their castles their travels throughout Europe in their specially designed train car Once Greta is settled into England we then extensively learn about the elaborate gardens and greenhouses created by both Greta and her mother in law These garden descriptions are in fact based on the Rothschild s famous gardens in Europe Ultimately however the latter portion of the book covers the war and the division of the family I was stunned at the great detail that Solomons took in her description of the war I could read historical text after text and never uite get the emotional turmoil that she evokes with her recounting of these characters fate during the war This portion of the book alone is reason enough to read House of Gold Overall I found House of the Gold to be one of the best books in this genre that I ve read The details are well researched the character development amazing However as with all historical texts or fiction the author will bring with them their own slant to the events that they are telling This particular book really pushed home the rise of anti Semitism and unfortunately not everything was historically accurate from that perspective There was a lot of anti Russian sentiment brought into play that really did not occur in Europe in WWI but was a part of the post WW1 era and leading up to of course WWII It s important to remember always that Russia was part of the western alliance during both world wars and suffered the greatest casualty count greater even than that of France This story would lead you to believe that Russia was the enemy to the west Not so I also did not realize before I read the book that it would be intricately tied to the Rothschild family Call me a crazy American and I am but I truly despise that particular family and its global machinations Every time I would begin to sympathize with one of the characters I would pull myself back again because it s really the Rothschilds that are being described and I couldn t care less what their fate might have been and in reality I know the ultimate end result and their role in the world today IF the book had solely dealt with a fictional affluent family and there had been no reference to the Rothschilds I would have enjoyed the book to its fullest Again it s the crazy American in me and perhaps other people may not have a problem with thisIf you can read the book as a totally fictional account of a totally fictional family then it is an amazing read I did enjoy the book and I do recommend it I just had to overlook a few elements in order to do so My thanks to Natasha Solomons Edelweiss and GPPutnamsSons and PenguinPublishingGroup for my copy of this fascinating tale