Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “House Of Gold” By Natasha Solomons, G.P.Putnam’s Sons , October 23, 2018
Kudos to Natasha Solomons, Author of “House of Gold” for writing such an intense, intriguing, captivating, page turning, suspenseful, and emotional novel. I love the way that the Natasha Solomons weaves the layers of her story in such a descriptive and vivid way, that appeals to the senses. One can smell the flowers and plants, and the landscape, and growth and death. One can touch the fabrics of the clothing or uniforms of the time. One can taste the vegetables growing in the garden., or the foods mentioned in the European countries. One can see the riches at peacetime and the destruction of war, on the family. One can hear the “quiet” nature of peace, and the battle of war.
The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction. The author describes her colorful and dysfunctional cast of characters as flawed, complex and complicated as perhaps circumstances dictate. The timeline for this story is before and during World War One.
The novel centers around the Goldenberg Family, a dynasty of bankers and high finance in Europe, known as “House of Gold”. Money and wealth seem to equal power. There were five brothers who each opened a branch of their bank. They were highly regarded, and in some ways tolerated because they were Jewish and wealthy.
Great and Otto Goldenberg are extremely close siblings., that live in Vienna. Greta is adventurous, and often finds a way of finding trouble, with Otto covering for her. Greta’s parents want her to marry a distant cousin Albert Goldenberg. That will force Greta to move to England.
As war breaks out, the family is divided. Be warned, I suggest a box of Kleenex. The House of “Gold” becomes extremely vulnerable . I appreciate the author’s research of the historical period. I would highly recommend this amazing novel for those readers who enjoy reading about dynasties and World War One. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.