House of Gold by Natasha Solomons

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 path.The ...


Details House of Gold

TitleHouse of Gold
ISBN9780735212978
Author
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction
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Reviews House of Gold

  • Mackey
    2018-09-30
    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 more and more 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. B...
  • Katie B
    2018-09-02
    The Goldbaum family has wealth and power throughout Europe but all of that could change with the rise of anti-Semitism. It's 1911 and an arranged marriage is set for Greta Goldbaum of Vienna and her distant cousin, Albert who is part of the Goldbaum family in England. But will Greta ever truly love her husband when they seem to have nothing in common? And will World War 1 tear the Goldbaum family apart?I love family dramas. I love European histor...
  • Celia
    2018-09-21
    Review at 40% complete:This book is overly long, but there is a lot to like too.What I like:The interweaving of historical events, especially the Titanic.The descriptions of the trappings of the rich, especially The Goldbaum Trans‑Europe Express The feistiness of Greta, the main female characterThe inclusion of nature: Albert's insect collecting, Greta's gardenWhat I don't like:Albert is a stick in the mud, but I'm pulling for him any way.Cleme...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2018-09-19
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON OCTOBER 22."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.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 writing style and the detail Ms. Solomons uses draws you into the story even though som...
  • Mellie Antoinete
    2018-10-14
    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for a fair review***This is a book where the ending defines the beginning. What do I mean by that?Based on the Rothchilds in the years leading up to WWI (the book is organized by year), the first half of the book focuses on an intensely researched day in the life only to end with a bang on the battlefield scattering the family to the winds. It’s incredible how far reaching the Rothchilds influence stretched. I’m ...
  • Tammy
    2018-10-03
    I love historical fiction and jumped at the chance to review House of Gold. I enjoyed the story of Greta and Albert but felt that there was just too much detailed history of events. I found myself skimming over some of the more detailed parts.
  • Beth Bonini
    2018-05-17
    In 1911, the Goldbaum family are a banking dynasty with five branches in major European capitals: London, Vienna, Paris, Berlin and Zurich. They are rich almost beyond measure; they are collectors on a lavish scale; they have the ear of kings and prime ministers. The Goldbaums are also Jewish; and while that familial and cultural loyalty is critical for their success, it is also an Achilles Heel in a world being shaken by the latest wave of anti-...
  • Maine Colonial
    2018-06-16
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance reader's copy.This is a sort of family saga, though focused on one member of the Goldbaum family, Greta. The House of Goldbaum (loosely based on the House of Rothschild) is a banking empire, with outposts in the great capitals of Europe. The Goldbaums like to keep it all in the family, which means that Greta, from Vienna, is to marry her cousin Albert, of the London Goldbaums. (Nobody mentions any ...
  • Melodie
    2018-09-24
    The Goldbaums are a European dynasty. They are considered the premiere bankers in the world with branches throughout Europe. They wield financial power like no other family. They live opulently setting their own rules. And they are Jewish. As the book opens in 1911, Greta of the Austrian branch of the family is set to marry one of the sons of the London branch. And she is not happy at all. Greta fancies herself to be beyond the strict rules that...
  • Natalie
    2018-04-25
    I loved Natasha Solomons earlier work, especially THE GALLERY OF MISSING HUSBANDS, but this book surpassed her prior novels. It even made me a fan of a genre I generally don't like. Yes, this is a sweeping novel of love and death during WWI, but her writing is lush and beautiful. She has managed to create several memorable characters within a large family.This is the story of the wealthy Goldbaum clan, inspired by the history of the Rothchilds. T...
  • Annette
    2018-06-26
    The Goldbaums in this story are loosely based on the Rothschilds, once the wealthiest family in Europe and the world.The story starts in Vienna, 1911, with the most influential family of its time. Greta Goldbaum is told she is to be married to her cousin Albert in England.While on her way to London, she stops in Paris. There she meets Emilie Floge, an Austrian fashion designer and a life companion of the painter Gustav Klimt. Emilie’s designs a...
  • Jill Meyer
    2018-05-10
    British author Natasha Solomons’ newest novel is not yet published in the United States. I’m in Germany and purchased “House of Gold” at an english book store in Berlin. The novel is about the Goldbaum family, fictionalized Rothschilds, who have established banking and family empires in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, and London. In their world, cousins marry cousins, and in this book, Greta Goldbaum of the Vienna Goldbaums is marrying Albert of t...
  • Marilyn
    2018-10-03
    I enjoyed reading House of Gold by Natasha Solomons. This was the second book of hers that I have read. The story seemed to be inspired by the lives of the Rothchilds, once one of the wealthiest families in Europe. It was a moving saga portraying the Goldbaum family, a large Jewish family of bankers residing in various parts of Europe, prior to and at the end of World War I. The story began in 1911, where Greta Goldbaum from Austria was getting r...
  • Megan
    2018-06-13
    House of Gold follows the immensely rich and powerful Goldbaum family, whose power is said to extend across Europe:‘Such is the power and wealth of the Goldbaums that on dull days, it’s said, they hire the sun just for themselves.’A family of bankers with a wealth of powerful connections, they seem to have the world at their feet. That is, until the First World War.It’s sort of a book of two halves. First we follow Greta and her comfortab...
  • Emma
    2018-08-13
    An excellent saga. So insightful about banking, antisemitism, some of the horrors of WWI and the lives of the very fortunate.
  • Laurie
    2018-10-13
    The House of Gold is the Goldbaum dynasty, who own and run an international banking company. Probably the richest family is the world at the time of the novel (pre- and through WW 1), they keep it in the family by marrying cousins. Thus Greta Goldbaum of the Viennese branch of the family is arranged to marry Albert Goldbaum of the London branch. Never mind that they have never met and have nothing in common but their name. Goldbaum men are banker...
  • Betty
    2018-10-18
    HOUSE OF GOLD is a family saga about an Austrian heiress from a Jewish banking dynasty (inspired by the Rothschild family) who upon the outbreak of WWI is forced to choose between the family she has created for herself in England or the family members on the opposite side of the war.The story begins in Vienna, 1911. Greta Goldbaum is engaged to marry the man chosen for her, a distant cousin, a man she has never met. But Greta dreams of living lif...
  • LittleDeadRedGoddessPersephone
    2018-09-24
    4.5 starsThank you to NetGalley and the publisher Cornerstone Digital for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel for an honest review.Pre World War 1 Europe and the Goldbaum family are an extremely wealthy banking dynasty. Greta Goldbaum from Vienna does not really want to marry her English cousin Albert she does it anyway as that is what is expected and though Greta is a defiant girl she also knows that the sometimes you have to do w...
  • LittleDeadRedGoddessPersephone
    2018-09-24
    4.5 starsThank you to NetGalley and the publisher Cornerstone Digital for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel for an honest review.Pre World War 1 Europe and the Goldbaum family are an extremely wealthy banking dynasty. Greta Goldbaum from Vienna does not really want to marry her English cousin Albert she does it anyway as that is what is expected and though Greta is a defiant girl she also knows that the sometimes you have to do w...
  • Shannon
    2018-09-19
    I really enjoyed this book! It reminded me of how much I love reading historical fiction books. I read that this is kind of loosely based on the Rothschild family, which I have no interest in, so I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get into the story. I was very wrong. This story is riveting, and I had a hard time putting it down. I love the gardening passages and the chapters that take place during WWI. It's a fascinating novel and well wor...
  • Alicia
    2018-09-17
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/09...Solomons' latest novel is another engrossing historical story, this time centering on an influential European-Jewish family of bakers (loosely inspired by the Rothschilds), primarily through the lens of one of the Austrian daughters, who is being married off to one of her unknown British cousins. The story begins in 1911 and draws to a close toward the end of WWI, which was a bit disappointing as this was b...
  • Patricia Romero
    2018-09-17
    This story, loosely based on the Rothschilds, one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the world.It's 1911 and Greta Goldbaum is set to be married off to her cousin in the English branch of the family to a man she has never met. The Goldbaum family has branches in Vienna, Paris and England and nothing happens without their knowledge and their money.Their marriage if off to a rocky start and Greta is miserable. She's young and wants to run aro...
  • Meg
    2018-09-14
    I give House of Gold by Natasha Solomons 3 stars. I found it to be somewhat confusing, because I found that the subplots were more obvious and interesting than the actual main plot itself. I enjoyed the fact that it was WWI era and the history behind it, and I can tell that lots of research was done to write this book. I always warn for content that could be upsetting/unsettling, and in this case is why I gave it a 3 instead of 4 star rating, is ...
  • Debbie Viscosi
    2018-09-17
    An enterprising family becomes the bankers of Europe. Arranged marriages between branches of the family were expected. Part of the Austrian branch, Greta was expected to marry Albert from the English branch. It was not a love match. Uprooted from all that was familiar, Greta fell into a deep loneliness. Once she began planning her home decor and working in her garden, her life began to look up. This novel covers a time of wealth and glamor descen...
  • Tiffany Foskey
    2018-10-01
    This is my first Natasha Solomon book and I'm sorry to say it will probably be my last. The story of Greta and Albert was interesting and intriguing but this is one historical novel where there is too much history for my enjoyment. If the author had just stuck to Greta and Albert's story with just a little bit of history war telling I think I would have enjoyed it more. The Goldbaums are a very rich family who find out that even they are not unto...
  • Tiffany Foskey
    2018-10-01
    This is my first Natasha Solomon book and I'm sorry to say it will probably be my last. The story of Greta and Albert was interesting and intriguing but this is one historical novel where there is too much history for my enjoyment. If the author had just stuck to Greta and Albert's story with just a little bit of history war telling I think I would have enjoyed it more. The Goldbaums are a very rich family who find out that even they are not unto...
  • Beth Loflin
    2018-10-12
    I received this book as an early release. It was so good. The characters are so detailed and richly described. The story is of a old European family rich in history and money, but it begins to change as war come and modernization. Everything changes. Go get this read it’s great.
  • Cynthia
    2018-08-22
    Excellent historical fiction about a wealthy Jewish family before and during World War I. An interesting slice of history and story in a market of innumerable Downton Abbey-type novels. I enjoyed this book.