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Length: 300 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"One of the aspects of your novels and short stories that I enjoy so much is your ability to create not just a sense of place, but the fullness of the historical moment in which you are writing. As you did in Whistling in the Dark and If It Ain't Love, you paint a compelling, rich picture of life in New York City, this time in the late 19th Century. Jonah commutes to the bank by a combination of walking and streetcar, and we make that journey with him. The bank comes to life through your words, as do the people who work there. Jonah's boarding house is full of the kinds of characters that populated Americana novels of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and they are utterly believable. For me this novel recalls the writers of the urban landscape of the United States in that era, like Dreiser writing about Chicago in Sister Carrie. [...] Anyone who reads my reviews knows how high a premium I place on context and historical authenticity. For me, you're the gold standard, and this book is an exemplar."
- Sunita, Dear Author

"You gave us two wonderful lead characters in Jonah and Reid. They leapt off the page at me, they were so wonderfully drawn. It was so easy to picture the buttoned-up Jonah, living his life through the day-to-day workings of the bank, and the charismatic Reid, infuriating poor Jonah with his easy-going ways and self-confident smile. I liked the fact too that Reid had a vulnerable aspect to his personality however and that Jonah was sensitive enough to be aware of it. Their burgeoning relationship was positively heartwarming to read, in fact the whole novel had a tremendous feelgood factor to it and I found the whole thing really uplifting."
- Chris Dixon

About the Author

Tamara lives in the piney woods north of Houston, Texas, where she spends her time on administrative work, taking care of her family, and writing when she gets the chance.

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  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tamara Allen; Second edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sirius VINE VOICE on March 23, 2011
Format: Paperback

When I was a child I used to imagine that one day I will get to travel in the time travel machine to some of my favorite eras in the past to see for myself how people lived in those days. Of course I know now that this is not possible, but in a sense
this book for me had been a perfect substitute of the time travel machine. It transported me to another era. I felt that I was in the year 1888 in the city that gave me a second home, just as it gave second home to Jonah and Reid. I really loved this writer's another historical romance "Whistling in the Dark" and I would have been quite okay with this novel if her writing stayed at the level of "Whistling in the Dark", but in my opinion it improved so much. The settings seemed meticulously researched. It was so much fun reading about Jonah walking on the Wall street, or him and Reid taking a walk on Broadway and thinking about how much these streets changed from year 1888 to our time. Language is clear and easy to understand overall, but it definitely has historical flavor. You can see, feel and smell everything that is taking place around you.

Jonah Woolner had been an assistant cashier in the New York Bank for the last fourteen years since he was nineteen years old.

His life and his work are basically the same thing, he lives and breathes according to the rules he thinks banker should follow. He is hoping to be promoted to the cashier since he had been doing this work for months, but when our story begins

Jonah learns that Board of Directors hired the newcomer Reid Hylliard as the cashier instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By El Capitán on March 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved both Tamara Allen's previous novels (Downtime and Whistling in the Dark) so I knew I had to get this. (And now that I've read all three I can't choose a favorite. They're all quite brilliant.) Jonah is such a fussy character, but oddly charming, and I immediately found myself feeling very protective of him. Reid is everything that Jonah is not - outgoing, charismatic, and spontaneous - yet he clearly cares for Jonah. I cheered for them as a couple with what I can only imagine was a very sappy grin on my face. Then their sweet romance is interrupted and, as the previous reviewer stated, the last quarter or so is quite thrilling. I found myself turning the pages much too quickly, my heart in my throat. What a fantastic read - completely satisfying, romantic, and delightful. I absolutely adored this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ulysses Dietz on August 27, 2011
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Both of Allen's previous novels "Whistling in the Dark" and "Downtime" are superbly written and richly plotted. This third book lives up to those, and offers the lucky reader a new experience to savor, emotionally as well as literarily.

In the world of m/m romance, Tamara Allen is one of the rare few (along with Alex Beecroft) who can pull off a historic setting and do it with near perfection. Her use of language, her research into historical detail, and her ability to create a romantic atmosphere that works for a modern reader without imposing anachronistic details or attitudes - all of this is impressive, and clearly has earned her a devoted readership.

I'm not sure how many of her readers are men - so I'll make it clear that I am. I'm also a museum curator, and my specialty is the Gilded Age. I'm the annoying person who critiques movies like "Gone with the Wind" because they don't get the Civil War period right. The point being that Allen can write an historical novel and make it sing AND ring true. Jack Finney's famous "Time and Again," did it really well, and Caleb Carr's "The Alienist" also did...but neither of these best-selling authors exceeds Allen's skill. And, of course, neither of them was a gay romance.

Allen draws out emotional tension as well as Jane Austen did, if for different reasons. Reid Hyllier and Jonah Woolner are characters that are authentic in every way, and I fell for them just the way I was supposed to. In some ways Allen's writing is really speculative fiction, in that she writes about something (i.e. men in love with men) that was never written about at the time...but nonetheless's powerful to be able to give that a voice that doesn't sound like "today," and allows the reader to fall into the fantasy of "what if...?"
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ann Somerville on March 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The only thing you need to know about The Only Gold is that it's written by Tamara Allen. If Ms Allen's name does not make you shiver in sheer pleasure, then either you read Whistling in the Dark and didn't like it, in which case, you're a hopeless case and I abandon any attempt to improve your clearly defective taste, or you haven't read Whistling in the Dark, in which case you have untold treasures to discover, and I shall guide you towards them with the greatest pleasure.

Ahem. I'm a bit of a fan :)

But seriously, folks, this is a wonderful, wonderful book. It's not a book I fell instantly in love with as I did with Whistling in the Dark. Jonah is a very different character from the brilliant damaged Jack or the lost and gentle Sutton, and Reid spends rather a lot of time poking at Jonah's apparent pomposity. But make no mistake - you will be in love with them, and this story, by the end of it, because Jonah and Reid are adorable, and the plot, set in Manhattan, 1888. Like Whistling, a savage, bitter war casts a shadow over the story, only this time it's the American Civil War, its many injustices and the thousands and thousands of damaged families reaching long into peacetime to disturb the orderly lives of good citizens.

Jonah at first appears to be insufferable. Wedded to duty and the welfare of the Grandborough Bank, he seems obsessed with the minutiae of his tidy, narrow life.
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