Golden Lies

Golden Lies

by Barbara Freethy

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Overview

Customers who like books by Nora Roberts, Carla Neggars, and Karen Robards will enjoy this romantic and suspenseful book from #1 NYT Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy.

Every family has secrets -- some too intriguing to resist ... some too dangerous to ignore ...

A novel about three remarkable families -- the fifty-year-old promise that once bound them together, the fiery betrayal that tore them apart, and the ancient bronze dragon that could destroy their future ...

Riley McAllister, Paige Hathaway, and Alyssa Chen come from very different worlds. Tough guy Riley has overcome the hard knocks of a working-class upbringing. Paige struggles to define her place as the heir to a famous antiques emporium. And Alyssa feels trapped by the restrictions of her family's old world attitudes. Now this unlikely trio of strangers must come together to follow an elusive trail through the streets of San Francisco -- from glittering Pacific Heights to colorful Chinatown to trendy south of Market. Each will have to make the impossible choice between romantic love and family loyalty, between sheltering lies and revealing truth. Once the door to the past is opened, there's no turning back ...

Reviews

"Golden Lies is an absolute treasure, a fabulous, page-turning combination of romance and intrigue. Fans of Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Lowell will love Golden Lies." Kristin Hannah

"Freethy's smooth prose, spirited storytelling and engaging characters, are sure to send readers on a treasure hunt for the author's backlist books." Publishers Weekly

"A priceless Chinese artifact, an ancient curse, and a decades-old betrayal set the stage for this gripping story, which unites the grandchildren from three diverse, yet strangely linked, families and sweeps them from the rarified world of high-priced antiques to the fragrant alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown on an urgent quest to unravel the past's secrets. Multidimensional characters at all levels (especially the strong-willed hero and heroine), realistic and sometimes funny dialog, and a well-constructed plot that Freethy unwraps with such consummate skill that the conclusion is at once surprising and totally logical result in a rich and compelling tale." Library Journal

"The lives of three families collide and intersect in this wonderfully intriguing new drama by bestselling author Freethy." Romantic Times Magazine

OTHER ROMANTIC SUSPENSE TITLES by Barbara Freethy

BEAUTIFUL STORM (Lightning Strikes Trilogy #1)

LIGHTNING LINGERS (Lightning Strikes Trilogy #2)

SUMMER RAIN (Lightning Strikes Trilogy #3)

DON'T SAY A WORD

ALL SHE EVER WANTED

SILENT RUN & SILENT FALL (Sanders Brothers Duo)

TAKEN & PLAYED (Deception Duo)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996946483
Publisher: Hyde Street Press
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 414
Sales rank: 793,678
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 45 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened her own publishing company in 2011 and has since sold over 5.3 million copies of her books. Twenty of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. In July of 2014, Barbara was named the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Bestselling Author of ALL TIME! She was also the first Indie Author to sell over 1.5 million copies at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

An author known for writing emotional stories about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, Barbara has received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and has also received six nominations for the RITA for Best Single Title Contemporary Romance from Romance Writers of America. She has won the honor twice for her novels Daniel's Gift and The Way Back Home. Barbara is currently writing a new contemporary series, The Callaways, featuring a family born to "serve and protect". She is also launching a new romantic suspense trilogy with BEAUTIFUL STORM, the first book in her Lightning Strikes Trilogy. For more information, visit Barbara's website at www.barbarafreethy.com

Interviews

An Interview with Barbara Freethy
USA Today–bestselling author Barbara Freethy explores family secrets, passion, and danger in this romantic adventure about three very different families and the deadly secret that binds them together. It starts off with a fantasy come true, as security expert Riley McAllister and his grandmother bring a dirty bronze dragon from her attic to be evaluated on the show Antiques on the Road, where it is found to be a priceless work of art. When famed antique specialist David Hathaway and his beautiful daughter, Paige, offer to assess the dragon, the fantasy is shattered quickly as David is assaulted and the statue stolen. It falls to an unlikely trio -- Riley, Paige, and Alyssa Chen -- to uncover family secrets as they search for the dragon and make the hard choices between love and family.

Heart to Heart asked Barbara Freethy about her background, her interests, and how she became a novelist.

Heart to Heart: What's Golden Lies about?

Barbara Freethy: Golden Lies is a story about love, friendship, promises, and betrayal. It's a romantic adventure that brings together three families from three very different worlds in their quest to find the truth about an ancient bronze dragon whose existence makes them question everything they know about themselves. The hero is a rugged security expert; the heroine, the heir apparent to an antiques house. Each will have to make a choice between love and family, between lies and the truth. This story is one of my personal favorites, and I think readers who like a bit of mystery and adventure with their romance will enjoy Golden Lies.

HtoH: Do you have a personal interest in antiques?

BF: I love the idea of finding a treasure in a pile of junk. I don't think there is anyone who hasn't cleaned out an attic or a basement and not wondered if one of those items might be worth a fortune. In Golden Lies, a nice old lady discovers an ugly dragon statue in her attic that turns out to be a priceless artifact. Wouldn't we all love to do that?

HtoH: Where did you get the idea for the plot and locale of Golden Lies?

BF: I wanted to write a book set in San Francisco, because I love the way the neighborhoods and cultures change so quickly around every corner. One minute you're in the Financial District, the next you're in Chinatown, then you're surrounded by Russian bakeries or Italian restaurants. I thought it would be fun to bring characters together from all those neighborhoods and turn their lives upside down. After having an opportunity to see a Chinese New Year's parade, I knew that the smells, the colors, the firecrackers would all make a wonderful scene in a novel.

HtoH: In the past, you've held such diverse jobs as the writer for the March of Dimes and player's representative with the Women's Tennis Association. How did you become a novelist?

BF: I've always loved books and writing -- it just took me a while to get to the novel writing stage. I did have some wonderful experiences in my other jobs. I had a chance to travel, meet celebrities and athletes, and even learn about the film industry during a stint as a tour guide for Universal Studios. Most of those jobs also involved writing in some form. I wrote everything from brochures and newsletters to invitations and feature magazine articles. All the while I was itching to write a novel. Finally, I did, and writing books has turned out to be the most rewarding job of all.

HtoH: What's the best part about being a writer?

BF: The research. I have a group of writer friends who are always willing to accompany me on writing field trips. For Golden Lies, we took a walking tour of Chinatown, visiting a fortune cookie factory, an herb shop, and a martial arts studio. Of course, we had to sample the food as well. I'm a curious person, and each book allows me to learn something new. There's a fascinating story around every corner.

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Golden Lies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 407 reviews.
jball_421 More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from page one and couldn't put this one down. It's a fast read with a lot of unpredictable moments that you don't expect. It's a romantic mystery with lots of layers. The author really delivers a complete book. I really appreciate a story that has a lot of depth to it. Recommended.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite romance novels i have read this year.
Pam1948 More than 1 year ago
This is my first read from Barbara Freethy and I must say I loved it! I read the overview and downloaded it to my Nook only after I learned it took place in San Francisco, my favorite city to visit. I'm from NY and love our many trips to San Fran. It was so nice knowing the street names and areas that were discussed and the culture of the Chinese art. Very worth the time and the money on the book. I now feel good about reading another Freethy book in the near future.
llau24 More than 1 year ago
A good, meaty read with romance and mystery and intriguing characters. I liked the San Francisco setting and the mix of cultures in the story line. Very fun.
Shelby622 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, fascinating story, kept my attention from the very first page. I enjoyed seeing how the characters grew through the story and how their relationships with others influenced their actions and motivations. Very well written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like a book where I can't guess the ending, and this one had a great puzzle. Sexy hero too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good and keeps you don't want to put it down, very good author.
Jennfar16 More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining and intelligently written. Kept me guessing. Fast pace. Loved all the twists along the way and the way various cultures played into the story. Fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several of this authors books and enjoyed them all. This book was one of my favorites though, it was more mystry than romace I felt but I enjoy a little romance with my mystry so it was perfect. Highly recomend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable, it took a moment to get to that can't put it down stage, but once it did, it was great.
fb101 More than 1 year ago
This book had a great story along with mystery and romance and scandel. I enjoyed reading it and it was a real page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big Barbara Freethy fan and ordered this one early in eager anticipation of another good story. What I got instead was a GREAT story. I absolutely loved this book -- couldn't put it down. The premise of an ancient Chinese dragon being publicly valued on an Antique Roadshow type of program hooked me at once. I don't want to give away too much, but what happens to everyone involved with that dragon is a fascinating story --actually mutiple stories that all come together at the end. I loved the San Francisco setting, especially the scenes in Chinatown. And I have to admit I did not know how this one was going to end -- how all those seemingly disparate stories would converge -- and I was on the edge of my seat until I got there. What a fabulous journey it was! I cannot recommend this book too highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! Was excellant reading all the way through! Barbara does a great job of writing and keeps her readers "hooked" on finishing the story!!!
NooksMyBook More than 1 year ago
I love Barbara Freethy's novels. I've read several and haven't been disappointed. The characters are well developed and the stories just draw you in! You could see this plot unfolding as the relationships intertwined. This mystery with a little romance was a wonderful story that I couldn't put down. I wish there had been an epilogue to really finish it or at least the anticipation of a sequel. I enjoyed the story and characters so much I hated for it to end!
Tiffany1203 More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book! Was a great read and kept my attention!
PinkChi More than 1 year ago
Much lighter than Dan Brown, but has a grat plot that really comes together with its surprise ending. I consider this a great summer read.
cada222 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this dramatically written story. The San Francisco setting swept me away. I found all the characters to be believable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly fascinating mystery with engaging and well developed characters. Ms. Freethy has, once again, produced a compelling page turner.
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MaggieSueMP More than 1 year ago
This book was a real disappointment. I usually love this author's work. It took me over a month to finish it! I had to actually force myself to read it til the end. Only because I paid for it. If it had been free, I would've just given up on it. I know it got glowing reviews from others, but to me, it was a very boring below average read.
Gramma12 More than 1 year ago
Barbara never disapoints!Loved this book, please keep the books coming.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Years ago I read a story by Katherine Stone entitled Pearl Moon. The main characters were so intricately connected that it was hard to distinguish where the forks in the road would take you next. With Golden Lies, Barbara Freethy captured that exact feeling. I felt like I was walking through a maze and the way out was so well hidden that I lost my way a number of times. Golden Lies is not for the faint of heart. Either you are all in or not at all. Riley, Paige and Alyssa find themselves immersed in a complex mystery that will have a ripple effect. Only open minds, open hearts and puzzle lovers need apply to this complicated read. I love a challenge so I'm all in. 3.5 stars
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
A unique story of mystery and romance. I enjoyed it, and definitely recommend it.
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SallyB1020 More than 1 year ago
Amazing story. Lots of twists and turns. I was intrigued from page one. I love how this author weaves a mystery in with the romance and delivers such a rich and complex story!