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Golden Lies

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From bestselling author Barbara Freethy comes 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,
Paperback, 408 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Signet (first published February 2004)
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Mar 26, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beach read, romantic mystery,
I'm sometimes leery of contemporary romance/chick lit because I feel like characters in many of these novels are self-absorbed and just generally whiny. That's why, when I happen to come across a book like Golden Lies, I breathe a sigh of relief and tuck in for a good read.

The narrative begins with Riley McAllister and his grandmother: Riley takes her to an Antiques Roadshow-like gathering and they discover that the dragon Nan Delaney found in her attic could possibly be worth hundreds of thousa
Jan 22, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
It's been awhile since I have read Barbara Freethy, thanks to free books on my Kindle I am rediscovering her. I enjoyed this book...mystery, romance, family issues.
Barry Doughty
May 18, 2012 Barry Doughty rated it it was ok
You know what they say about judging a book by its cover. Anyway to be fair to the author it was not a bad read. I suppose “love story with a bit of intrigue” might sum it up. It is a story about a beautiful rich debutante whose family owns a large and exclusive antiques business. She becomes involved with a handsome young man who runs a security firm, not as you might expect though his business with her family’s store but because his grandmother finds a rare Chinese antique in her loft, “now ho ...more
C. McCarty
Jun 22, 2012 C. McCarty rated it really liked it
What begins as an attic find that gets appraised as a rare and valuable antique dragon, quickly turns into mystery with countless twists and turns. Sure, handsome man meets beautiful woman, but various complications turned it into a compelling read that kept this reader curled up. While offering a peek into family dynamics, the story continually unveils hidden secrets that intrigue the main characters -- who are often at odds albeit physically attracted to each other. For me, it was the interest ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Evelyn rated it really liked it
To escape the enemy during WWII, two soldiers and a local Chinese man devise a plan to smuggle ancient artifacts into the U.S. After a mysterious fire, the artifacts are lost and the men part ways. Now, more than 50 years later, the sins of the fathers have come to light and it is up to their 3 grandchildren to make things right.

Another good romantic suspense from Freethy. Lots of family emotion and Chinese lore. Freethy always includes a list of book discussion questions. Similar to Kristen Han
Beth Peninger
Aug 16, 2013 Beth Peninger rated it it was ok
I read books like this when my brain is tired from thinking and just needs a break, or when I am not sure what book I really want to read and just need something to get me through until I decide. I consider books like this one filler books. Not horrible but not terribly great either, rather predictable. This isn't the first Freethy title I have read, and it won't be the last because I always need filler books. :) But also Freethy doesn't write badly and in this particular book she even includes ...more
Sarah Pearce
Nov 09, 2012 Sarah Pearce rated it really liked it
Golden Lies is a nice cosy read. Just add one large glass of red wine and one bar of Dairy Milk for the perfect evening.

It has love, lies, intrigue, mystery, betrayal and family secrets.

I was kept guessing as to whether the two main characters would end up together, or whether the chips on their shoulders were simply too large.

Most of the characters had skeletons in the closet, which made the story all the more intriguing. There was much to be revealed throughout the book.

The only thing that pre
My Rating System
3 stars - A good book that I enjoyed reading
4 stars – Struck a chord with me, made me think or question
5 stars – Something about the book haunted me or stayed with me long after I finished it. Unforgettable.

Multi-layered contemporary that revolves around the discovery of an ancient Chinese dragon....that happens to carry a curse.

Reading Golden Lies is like sneaking into a chocolate factory and indulging in every kind of treat imaginable....sweet, bitter, o
Oct 15, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it
Barbara Freethy does a good job of introducing a variety of settings in her books. This one had a lot of Chinese art information, life in Chinatown in San Francisco. Yet it's not just boring information, but information woven into the story line. The one warning I have after reading three of her books, she's an excellent writer with an interesting story, but seems to include several unmarried sex scenes in her stories and they are all the same. I think she just changes the names of the character ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By chance I brought this book to the beach, having never read any of Barbara Freethy's novels before and I was wonderfully surprised. She will be on my list of authors to look for in the future. Golden Lies was a page turner,kept my interest and the dialogue between her characters was great. She is a super storyteller. This book involves three families and the how they are brought together. There is history,mystery/suspense,family secrets and romance in this book, what more could you ask for.
Mar 01, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about complicated family relationships that evolved after 3 unlikely men became friends in WWII while stationed in China. One man was a native Chinese, one a wealthy scion from a prominent family, and one a poor Irish American. What happened in China, when the 2 Americans were shot down and were rescued by the Chinese man, has had a profound effect in the family members of all 3 men more than 50 years later.

I've yet to read one of Barbara Freethy's books I don't like.
May 18, 2012 Robyn rated it liked it
Not her best, wasn't convinced that the love story got the attention it deserved. Plot over-reached and as a result was never fully developed. She did, however, capture an honest portrayal Alyssa, the character who grew up torn between being half-Chinese and half-American. Shades of Amy Tan and the Joy Luck Club, but again, underdeveloped plot.
Aug 22, 2015 Koala rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-ci-siamo
Voglio riportare la trama di questo libro:

"Un brivido di inquietudine la attraversò. Suo padre e suo nonno avevano entrambi perso una figlia. La primogenita." Da quando Paige Hathaway, erede di una famosa casa d'aste, inizia a occuparsi di un antico dragone cinese, tutte le sue certezze sembrano crollare a una a una. La famiglia, gli affetti, la sua vita: forse niente è quello che sembra. E a complicare le cose c'è il proprietario del dragone, Riley McAllister. Lui e Paige non potrebbero essere
Blair McDowell
Feb 02, 2013 Blair McDowell rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
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 rel
Oct 22, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it
Nan Delaney and her Grandson Riley are clearing out her loft when they come across an old dragon ornament that Nan claims never to have seen before. They take it to a televised antiques roadshow type of program and are soon contacted by millionaire art collector David Hathaway. Reluctantly, Riley agrees to leave the statue with David so it's origins can be verified, but overnight both David and the statue go missing. A day later it is discovered that David has been attacked in a Chinatown alley ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This book was very enjoyable - the plot was easy to follow and the protagonists were very likable and I found that I was able to understand them and to relate to their emotions. However I did find that the story was more than a little slow to get started and I struggled at first to stick with it but once the plot became apparent (the mystery element) the pace of the novel certainly picked up. Once the story did picked up I got into it a little more and as a result I definitely found myself more ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it
While this book had many aspects that I truly enjoyed, I thought some of the mystery could have been better portrayed. I loved that this book takes place in San Francisco and deals with Chinese heritage and traditions. I also loved Alyssa as a character as we both share a mixed racial background of half Chinese and half Caucasian, but where she was taught to be ashamed of her mixed heritage I had a very different upbringing and I found it interesting to see this different perspective. I could te ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Barbara Freethy is a nice writer and delivers her usual entertaining story in GOLDEN LIES.

When Riley takes his grandmother to the House of Hathaway to have them appraise a Chinese dragon she found in her attic, the dragon disappears when one of the Hathaways takes it off site and disappears. The culprit is Paige's father and at first she's disbelieving (he'd never take someone else's property out of their showroom and emporium), then shocked, and finally frightened when her father turns up in an
Mar 10, 2015 Des rated it it was amazing
Delighted as usual from Barbara Freethy`s technique of writing. Fine interlacement of the stories in the book. Without too digging into the past and without falling too much in details all in all. The book deserves reading and it`s read lightly. ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Tanya rated it really liked it
A romance with a little mystery with a historical Chinese artifact. Three people will be tied together and find out secrets about the people they love the most. Will they find the missing pieces of their lives and ever learn to love?
Dec 10, 2014 Peggy rated it it was amazing
I have become addicted to Freethy's books. This was another excellent read. The storyline was twisted enough that you don't see it coming until the end is upon you. Not just a good read, an excellent one!
Emily Keele
Dec 26, 2015 Emily Keele rated it really liked it
The story was a bit predictable and I wanted one more chapter of resolution in addition to what was written, but the story was intriguing, read well, and was easy to understand.
Dec 26, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it
The story is about three families and an 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 thr
Alice Iodice
Feb 23, 2015 Alice Iodice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good story line. The characters were interesting. Plot moved along well. Gave good background. Descriptions good. TOLD A GOOD STORY
Contemporary romance is not one of my staple diet so I don’t even know why I have this on my tbr… One of my strange moods, I’d say. However, since I drew this for January Random Reads, I stuck to my guns and read it.

It was fairly easy to read. The prologue was certainly intriguing and I do like the pairings. I felt like I was reading a type of soapie though… family drama, old secrets unearthed, unlikely lovers, etc etc etc. There wasn’t anything in particular that is grabby but it was a fair min
Lynn Smith
May 15, 2014 Lynn Smith rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Barbara Freethy, romance and suspense. Nice touch with the antique roadshow. The bronze Dragon held secrets between the families
Feb 23, 2015 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

I enjoyed reading Golden Lies. I am a fan of Barbara Freethy - I enjoy her writing style. I have read several of her books, and enjoyed each one.
Jul 26, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
I am not generally a fan of romantic fiction but the reviews suggested that this was much more. I was not disappointed. This book is exceptionally well written. It is a contemporary novel about family life, romance surrounded by a whopping great mystery. Each page is beautifully crafted. I loved the stories of Chinese dragons. Family heritage and class threaded throughout and real passion. If you are looking for Fifty Shades of Grey then don't bother. If you are looking for a mystery romance tha ...more
Tracey Harrison
Feb 23, 2014 Tracey Harrison rated it really liked it
Nice read with a hot chocolate and snug inside as it was miserable weather this weekend. Some good characters and an enjoyable read
Oct 01, 2014 Lilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting mistery about a Chinese dragon and a complex web among 3 families. Another great book by Barbara Freethy.
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Barbara's love of writing developed out of a love of reading. Growing up in an all-boy neighborhood, she spent quite a bit of time reading through her mother's large library, many of which were romantic novels. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she went into Public Relations, but soon discovered that writing was her true passion.

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