Saturday, 2 February 2013

Review of Golden Lies by Barbara Freethy

Golden LiesGolden Lies by Barbara Freethy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set in San Francisco, Golden Lies is a mystery-romance involving three generations of three very different families, the Hathaways, influential members of San Francisco’s upper crust, the Delaneys, Irish Immigrants, and the Chens of China Town.

Connections and interconnections among the three families are disclosed as the story unfolds. The central love story involves the granddaughter of the Hathaway patriarch falling for the grandson of the Delaney’s, and along the way, a surprising family relationship with the Chens is uncovered.

A legend and a curse attached to a pair of missing ancient Chinese bronze dragons are the catalyst that brings these three families back together.

Golden Lies is an entertaining read. It is certainly light reading, but of its type it is better than many I’ve read. The author appears to know San Francisco and she displays considerable knowledge of the customs and beliefs of the Chinese society there. I recommend this book to those who enjoy Nora Roberts and Fern Michaels. It is cast in a similar style.

I currently have three published novels and one short story. I hope you will add them to your reading list and let me know if you enjoy them. Go to my Goodreads page, to find more info and reviewsTo purchase one of these books, just click on the book link below and choose the vendor of your choice.

 • The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family.  It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.

"The Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell is simply an incredibly lovely story. It’s also a love story, and a story about finding yourself, and about closure. The theme running through the book is “all’s well that ends well.”  --  Marlene, Reading Reality

 • Delighting In Your Company ~ Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance set on an exotic Caribbean island, featuring a handsome ghost and an adventurous heroine who travels back in time to solve a mystery!

"Delighting In Your Company is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down." -- The Romance Reviews

 • Sonata ~ Sayuri McAllister has just arrived home to Vancouver to find some shocking situations 
~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother; 
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri. 

It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?

“I found Sonata to be a charming novel that left me laughing out loud in parts and gnawing nails in others. It was a delight to read.” – Night Owl Reviews

 Abigails Christmas (short story) ~ An enchanting tale of love and romance, with a magical touch of fantasy.
Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real?  Is she dreaming?  Or is it just Christmas magic?

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