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“I couldn’t wait to settle in with this book every night. I recognize the characters. They’re co-workers and friends. You don’t have to work on Wall Street to relate to the subtle and not-so-subtle conflicts of Kate Munro’s trading pit. In the end, When the Getting Was Good is satisfying because it’s so real, because we learn about ourselves as we figure out where our sympathies lie and what compromises we would and wouldn’t make. The book is both meaty and fun, and it’s a reminder why the office is a stage for great human drama.”

When the Getting Was Good has all the elements for a fun, fast, and totally entertaining read. The writing was artful, the details delightful. Kate is innocent but not naive, and the reader is drawn to her. There is balance between the work and personal plots, and they weave together perfectly. It is a period piece but also reflects much of the financial services industry of today. Everything and nothing has changed in 25 years, but what fun to remember those heady times!”

“Bell manages a rare and difficult feat: putting a personal face on the complicated world of finance.”

“I fell in love with the characters and their relationships with each other, both personal and professional, which were complex and so real! I took away words of wisdom from this beautifully written book.”

“I read the first five chapters on a Friday night and could not put the book down until I finished reading it on Saturday.”