Thursday, August 18, 2011

Good as Gold by Louise Patten

4 Star

Edie Quentance is the odd one out in her family, a rebellious brunette among blond conformists. For generations, Quentance Bank has managed the private wealth of its rich clients. When Edie is pushed into joining the family business, she finds the work tedious. As a diversion, she seeks to uncover the truth about her great-grandfather Kit. Branded a coward and a thief, Kit Quentance escaped from Titanic and was rumoured to have carried a fortune into the lifeboat with him. Edie's excavations reveal shocking truths about Titanic's sinking, as well as unearthing far more recent secrets suggesting that Quentance Bank is not the paragon of probity it appears to be. As she attempts to right her family's wrong-doings, Edie's position becomes increasingly dangerous. Her twin brother, her parents, her uncle - is there anyone out there she can trust? 

Kathryn - 4 Star

Good as Gold was written with the reader in mind, it was simply and quickly read with enough description to make it colourful but not so much that you were bogged down.

I didn’t know anything about the story before I started reading and was taken in from the very beginning with the trip on the Titanic.  I did find that there were a few too many characters at first and the fact that some of them had nicknames didn’t help!  However at some point early on we’re given a nice little family tree which sorted it out for me. 
There’s a great plot in this story and I was enthralled with the secrets throughout the generations. The characters were well established individually and interacted well and I loved all the details and focus on boats.  I don’t know a thing about boats or sailing so it was all interesting to me- created that old fashioned sense of romance and intrigue too.
The only thing I found a bit tricky was the fact that the two brothers running the bank were so close and yet still didn’t know what the other was doing- this didn’t seem to fit with what we’d been told about them- I would have thought they were in on everything together.
I don’t really want to give too much away about the details here because it could ruin the mystery but it was definitely a good summer read and should not leave you disappointed!

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