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Good as Gold

3.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Edie Quentance is the ugly duckling in a family of charming conformists. For generations, Quentance Bank has managed the wealth of its rich and aristocratic clients, and when Edie is pushed into joining the family bank, she finds the work very dull indeed. She passes the time trying to uncover the truth about her great-grandfather Kit, whose love of the sea she has inherit ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published 2011 by Quercus (first published September 1st 2010)
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Jan 15, 2011 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a light and fun read. I particularly enjoyed the story because it dealt with the sinking of the Titanic (the true story behind why the ship wasn't able to avoid the iceberg) and also modern-day money laundering and bank-fraud schemes, which are also super topical and loaded with intrigue. The Quentance family is sure a messed-up lot!
Liz Meyers
Feb 20, 2011 Liz Meyers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book. Brilliantly written!
I love the facts and fiction combined in this book. I would definitely recommend it!
Charlotte King
Jun 29, 2013 Charlotte King rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gave up on this after 5 pages. Did not strike me at all.
May 02, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Posted on Book Chelle.

Edie was born into a life of privilege and luxury, but instead of embracing the glamor and riches, she spends her time fascinated with the Titanic. Working on her doctorates, she dives into the captain's log, historical articles, and other material that uncovers the moments before Titanic's famous end.

Edie, or Edith, comes from the famous Quentance family who runs an exclusive bank for the rich aristocrats of the world. While the family business is exclusive and secured, Ed
Mar 17, 2012 Ellie rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
The great-granddaughter of a Titanic survivor, Edie is writing a thesis on the truth behind the fateful events of 15th April 1912. Heir to a banking fortune, she isn't interested in the family business and shuns her father's posh friends. Kit was accused of stealing gold from the sinking ship, could that be the secret to her family's success?

The Titanic connection is a bit thin and Good as Gold is much more about corrupt bankers than anything else. From the start, I felt that the characters woul
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Oct 01, 2014 Богиня Книдска rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Подведена, че романът в известен смисъл е основан на реални събития, насила дочетох това чутовно творение. Документалната му част бе заключена в първите и последните 5 /пет/ страници. Всичко останало е толкова бездарно и елементарно, че дори изданията на "Арлекин" са достойни за "Букър". Героите по дебилизъм и инфантилност заемат челни места в листата на малоумните писания.
Ако можех, бих дала 1/2 звезда.
Sep 27, 2015 Ez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing premise, but it fails to captivate the reader with unnecessary details of the Titanic that really had little to do with the story. The story was predictable and the characters were underdeveloped. The narration was uneven, with the point of view shifting to different family members inconsistently, which made the story feel contrived. The writing was cliche at best with cringeworthy lines such as, "she was holding the breath she didn't realize she was holding" (which made me laugh).

Feb 16, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few surprises but I was happiest about the Titanic information.
Jul 09, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending was a little to quick and convienient but still good
McArthur and Company
We're reading and recommending Good as Gold, an exciting new novel involving crooked bankers and the sinking of the Titantic. Louise Patten is a direct descendant of an officer who survived the Titantic sinking, and who took information about why the ship really sank to his grave. After almost one hundred years of silence, Patten tells this family secret in Good as Gold.
Jul 30, 2014 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home
This book is a light and leisurely read that suddenly piqued my interest at the mention of the Titanic. I am a complete Titanic buff so the information offered on it by the author was truly an exciting addition to the book. Wish the author was able to feed us more about what she knew and her family's experience with such a phenomenon.
Bundaberg Library Library
A bit confused - read like 2 books at times - the Quentance money story and the Titanic story. For all that, it was a good airport read. Just a thought though - seems an odd way to reveal a family secret - why not just have a press conference?
Aug 01, 2014 Дани rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книгата беше много хубава, но давам 4 звездички по две причини - прекалено използване на чужди думи (френски, руски, италиански) на места, на които това въобще не беше нужно; както и за прекалено малкото история за Титаник. :)
Lindsay Collicott
Aug 08, 2013 Lindsay Collicott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tool awhile to get into. Pretty slow. Decent writing. Overall, just ok.
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Louise Patten has worked in business since 1977, first in the banking world and then with strategy consultants Bain & Company. While still in her thirties, Louise broke through the corporate glass ceiling to become a main board director of her first FTSE 100 company. She has served on a number of multi-national Boards, not only as a Director, but also as one of the tiny handful of female chair ...more
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