The Glittering Hour

The Glittering HourAn Unforgettable Historical Novel About True Love Found And Lost And The Secrets We Keep From One Another From An Award Winning Author Selina Lennox Is A Bright Young Thing Her Life Is A Whirl Of Parties And Drinking, Pursued By The Press And Staying On Just The Right Side Of Scandal, All While Running From The Life Her Parents Would Choose For HerLawrence Weston Is A Penniless Painter Who Stumbles Into Selina S Orbit One Night And Can Never Let Her Go Even While Knowing Someone Of Her Stature Could Never End Up With Someone Of His Except Selina Falls Hard For Lawrence, Envisioning A Life Of True Happiness But When Tragedy Strikes, Selina Finds Herself Choosing What S Safe Over What S RightSpanning Two Decades And A Seismic Shift In British History As World War II Approaches, Iona Grey S The Glittering Hour Is An Epic Novel Of Passion, Heartache And Loss Any book that can make me cry like that is deserving of a solid 5 stars I will start by saying that the synopsis of this novel didn t attract or stand out to me However, when I received this book in the mail from the publisher, I simply had a good feeling about it and when my Traveling Sister Brenda suggested starting it right away, I dove right in Wow these characters really got to me In fact, I have to admit, I have a huge book crush on Lawrence one of the main characters He had me Any book that can make me cry like that is deserving of a solid 5 stars I will start by saying that the synopsis of this novel didn t attract or stand out to me However, when I received this book in the mail from the publisher, I simply had a good feeling about it and when my Traveling Sister Brenda suggested starting it right away, I dove right in Wow these characters really got to me In fact, I have to admit, I have a huge book crush on Lawrence one of the main characters He had me melting throughout this entire novel.The dual narrative, a decade apart, was brilliantly executed I loved how the story flowed and unraveled One of my most favourite parts of this novel were the letters from Mama to nine year old Alice They perfectly captured the most tender and touching aspects of a mother daughter relationship My heart felt full when reading those letters There were parts of the plot that I had figured out early on, yet this didn t detract from my enjoyment at all The writing is exquisite and kept me hanging on every word The eloquent prose reminded me of Kate Morton s novels, but not quite as descriptive I was consumed and enamoured by this story part mystery, part love story I am not a romance reader, but the love story within these pages engrossed me completely It is not a gripping or addictive book, butof a slow burn, luxurious, comforting story that will touch your heart A big thank you to St Martins Press for surprising me with this copy I truly loved it 3.5 starsHe had no place in her world, amongst her people, and nodid she belong in his Love, Secrets, Tragedy, Choices, Love Lost, LongingSelina Lennox grew up in luxury She was at the hottest parties and events Staying out late, partying and enjoying her life Lawrence Weston was a poor photographer and painter who has a chance meeting with Selina That chance meeting was all it took to change their lives forever.The beginning was an extremely slow burn for me If it weren t fo 3.5 starsHe had no place in her world, amongst her people, and nodid she belong in his Love, Secrets, Tragedy, Choices, Love Lost, LongingSelina Lennox grew up in luxury She was at the hottest parties and events Staying out late, partying and enjoying her life Lawrence Weston was a poor photographer and painter who has a chance meeting with Selina That chance meeting was all it took to change their lives forever.The beginning was an extremely slow burn for me If it weren t for the letters between Selina and Alice and the moments between Selina and Lawrence, this might have been a DNF for me Time dragged for me for the first part of this book Around the sixty percent mark, this book really picked up for me and I found it hard to put down In fact, at that point, it became a page turner for me This is where the book grabbed me The last part of the book was captivating and gut wrenching It saved the book for me and I came away happy that I had read it but it was work in the beginning At the end, I decided that the slow burn was worth it, so my advice for those who are struggling, in the beginning, is to stick with this book as it does deliver in the end.So, if you enjoy slow burn, historical books, this one might be the book for you I really enjoyed her other book Letters to the Lost and highly recommend that one I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own Oh my goodness This book Don t you love it when a book with that kind of cover comes into your life, one you have been anticipating reading for months now, and it lives up to your every expectation The Glittering Hour was just that kind of read for me.The Glittering Hour is set in England during the 1920s and 30s, in the time leading up to WWII Immediately, I was excited about this time period as a nice change from all the traditional WWII fiction I read.Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thin Oh my goodness This book Don t you love it when a book with that kind of cover comes into your life, one you have been anticipating reading for months now, and it lives up to your every expectation The Glittering Hour was just that kind of read for me.The Glittering Hour is set in England during the 1920s and 30s, in the time leading up to WWII Immediately, I was excited about this time period as a nice change from all the traditional WWII fiction I read.Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing She is roaring into the 20s like all the young people her age, drinking and partying Her wealthy parents have plans for her, but she wants no part.Lawrence Weston is a painter, rather common, and the two fall in love even though they known it s unlikely they can stay together because they live in such different worlds They still dream of being together when tragedy strikes.Selena and Lawrence s story is one of forbidden love I was lost in the writing and mesmerized with the power of their bond I had tissues nearby as this one brought out all my emotions I never expected to be so enthralled with these two characters.Overall, The Glittering Hour is an enchanting story that makes you believe in love again Oh, and don t miss that ending I received a complimentary copy from the publisher All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader 3.5 starsWith my wine glass in hand, I started my own glitter hour and was swept away into the glitter and secrets of our endearing characters.Glittering Hour is a slow burning dramatic, flamboyantly written story that explores lost love and family secrets It s a bit wordy and I found myself lost in the words and losing focus for the story at times I loved both timelines and enjoyed the world of the Bright Young People who are famed for their extravagant parties and lavish lifestyle Endea 3.5 starsWith my wine glass in hand, I started my own glitter hour and was swept away into the glitter and secrets of our endearing characters.Glittering Hour is a slow burning dramatic, flamboyantly written story that explores lost love and family secrets It s a bit wordy and I found myself lost in the words and losing focus for the story at times I loved both timelines and enjoyed the world of the Bright Young People who are famed for their extravagant parties and lavish lifestyle Endearing as the characters are, at times, they felt stereotyped, but with the title like Bright Young People, I can see why Iona Grey does a great job creating some irresistible characters and one in particular who Lindsay would say is book crush material and I agree She is so cute lol The ending wraps up well and some tissue might be required I received a surprise gifted copy in a beautiful glittering punch from St Martins Press Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI received an ARC of this and decided to read it on a whim because something about the idea of reading a book set in the roaring twenties while in the 2020s felt like achieving parity I wasn t really sure what to expect of THE GLITTERING HOUR, but reading it was a lot like reading one of those bloated, sensationalist historical epics that were so popular in the 1970s Honestly, if we re getting a resurgence of those, I will be so glad, Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI received an ARC of this and decided to read it on a whim because something about the idea of reading a book set in the roaring twenties while in the 2020s felt like achieving parity I wasn t really sure what to expect of THE GLITTERING HOUR, but reading it was a lot like reading one of those bloated, sensationalist historical epics that were so popular in the 1970s Honestly, if we re getting a resurgence of those, I will be so glad, as they are so devastatingly, emotionally engaging, and this book was really no exception to the example set by its forebears.The timeline of this book is a bit difficult to follow at first because there are so many POVs and it skips around a lot In the past, set in the 1920s, we meet a young Selina who is at the peak of her life, has a zest for trying all kinds of new and exciting experiences, and falling in love for the first time Unfortunately for her, it s a classic case of My boyfriend is out of my social caste and mummy and daddy will cut me off without a red cent in the vein of Titanic He s even an artist, for God s sake.In the present, which in this case, is the mid 1930s, a young girl named Alice is fretting because she s left with her icy grandparents and mean governess while her parents are off in Burma overseeing her father s ruby mines To entertain her, her mother has been sending her scavenger hunt clues via her sympathetic nursemaid, Polly, while also weaving in bits and pieces of her own past I m not always fond of children narrators but Alice is a sympathetic one, and I feel like the author did a good job authentically representing the mindset and thoughts of a young, fanciful child.Also in the present, we catch little glimpses of Selina, now a fully grown woman and bogged down with sorrow and regret We don t know what s happened to make her feel so upset or why, but she seems like a woman without much hope We also see other people from her past as well, also now in the future, and also living with the fruits of their choices.In the second part of the book, all of these narrative strands weave together to form a portrait of love, loss, tragedy, regret, life, hope, and courage If this book has a message, I think it s that you need to learn how to live for yourself and not for others or you may end up at the end of your life looking back on all of your choices and realizing that you ended up walling yourself into a brick house of misery without any doors or windows It s a sad message, but a powerful one, too.THE GLITTERING HOUR is gorgeously written and the characterization is really well done You know you re reading a good book when the characters are driving you crazy with their poor choices and you re screaming at them don t don t even though you totally get why they re making those fool decisions because you ve made similar ones in the past yourself There s a difference between bad choices done because of bad writing and bad choices done for character development, and this is definitely the latter I loved the epic scope of the book and how it brought the period of the 1920s and 1930s to life I would definitely readfrom this author in the future but not without Kleenex Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 4 to 4.5 stars 4.5 starsWhen I was first asked to join the blog tour for Iona Grey s latest novel The Glittering Hour , I was a little apprehensive at first, as I had never heard of this author before and of course hadn t read her debut novel Letters to the Lost , which came out back in 2015 After reading the summary for the book though and seeing that it fell into one of my favorite genres historical fiction , I decided to take a chance with this one and see where it would take me Looking back now af 4.5 starsWhen I was first asked to join the blog tour for Iona Grey s latest novel The Glittering Hour , I was a little apprehensive at first, as I had never heard of this author before and of course hadn t read her debut novel Letters to the Lost , which came out back in 2015 After reading the summary for the book though and seeing that it fell into one of my favorite genres historical fiction , I decided to take a chance with this one and see where it would take me Looking back now after having finished the book, I am tremendously glad that I did so, as this turned out to be an excellent read one in which not only the story continues to stay with me, but also the characters, almost all of whom I can t stop thinking about This was one of those books where the beautiful writing drew me in from the first page and I found it difficult to stop reading once I had started With a duel timeline alternating between 1925 and 1936, the crux of the story centers around an unlikely romance between Selina Lennox a wealthy, privileged young woman from a noble family who spends majority of her time drinking, partying, creating scandal and Lawrence Weston, a penniless but hardworking painter whose real talent lies in photography and capturing life s most candid moments Despite being from two completely opposite worlds, Selina and Lawrence fall hard for each other and, for a brief period of time, it appeared that true love and happiness were within their reach But then tragedy strikes and Selina decides to forego her relationship with Lawrence in favor of the safe option of Rupert Carew her deceased brother s friend and also a match approved by her parents A decade later, in 1936, nine year old Alice Carew is left in the care of her grandparents and a beloved maid at Blackwood, the estate where her mother Selina grew up, while her parents are on a business trip to Burma for a few months Alice is a sensitive soul and not being able to stand the separation and secluded loneliness of Blackwood, she yearns for her mother and whiles away the time thinking about their many moments together Through her maid Polly, Selina sends her daughter letters in which she scatters clues about her past, sending Alice on a treasure hunt of sorts to discover one of her most prized secrets The two threads of the story Selina s past from 1926 and Alice s current reality in 1936 eventually come together in a surprising, emotional ending that is almost guaranteed to have the reader in tears.My first thought after finishing this book is how beautifully written this story was Even though the story leanstoward romance than historical fiction, the historical elements were still done extremely well, to the point that I truly felt transported to the time and place depicted England in the 1920s and 1930s For those who may be concerned about the romance piece yes, the love story IS the core around which the rest of the story revolves, however don t worry, as the narrative is well balanced enough that the romance piece doesn t overwhelm the rest of the story With an epic story such as this one, maintaining such a balance along with a nearly flawless execution is no easy feat and Grey absolutely delivers here Structure wise, within the alternating timeline, each of the main characters also got the chance to contribute their piece to the story without diluting the main narrative that revolved around Selina and Alice I appreciate this structure, as it allowed me to get better perspective on each of the characters and see another side to them that I wouldn t otherwise have known.Given how much I enjoyed this one, it was very close to being a 5 star read for me, however there were a few things that put itin the 4.5 range for me I felt that part 1 of the story dragged a little in a few places, plus a few scenes seemed repetitive and perhaps not entirely necessarywith that said though, part 2 was wonderfully written, with its emotional impact nearly making up for the minor flaws in the first part.Without a doubt, I would definitely recommend this moving story of love, loss, passion, betrayal, family dynamics, hidden secrets, and the complexities of pursuing the truth If you decide to read this though, definitely have some tissues ready Received ARC from Thomas Dunne Books via NetGalley. I normally compose my reviews right after finishing a book but after finishing The Glittering Hour I had to wait I had to compose myself first So with tears still in my eyes, I would like to share how deeply this book moved me First of all, it completely transports the reader to both timelines in 1925 when we meet free spirited Selina and then in 1936 when we meet her daughter Alice Both timelines are equally interesting and engaging The life of Selina and her fellow Bright Young Things I normally compose my reviews right after finishing a book but after finishing The Glittering Hour I had to wait I had to compose myself first So with tears still in my eyes, I would like to share how deeply this book moved me First of all, it completely transports the reader to both timelines in 1925 when we meet free spirited Selina and then in 1936 when we meet her daughter Alice Both timelines are equally interesting and engaging The life of Selina and her fellow Bright Young Things is well captured The world of young Alice is also so well described that you can perfectly visualize her grandparents decaying estate Each character was just perfect as was the whole book right to the last page I want to thank NetGalley, Thomas Dunne Books St Martin s Press and Ms Grey for an advance copy of this wonderful book Favorite Quotes Blackwood Park was full of ghosts Its empty corridors echoed with the whispers of lost voices and snatches of old laughter It was a house where the past feltvivid than the present, which was nothingthan a stretch of endless days fading into uniform blankness there was a bowl of paperwhite daffodils on the table by her armchair Their delicate perfume was fresh in a room that smelled of stopped clocks and old paper.I resented the rules and restrictions and the rigi Favorite Quotes Blackwood Park was full of ghosts Its empty corridors echoed with the whispers of lost voices and snatches of old laughter It was a house where the past feltvivid than the present, which was nothingthan a stretch of endless days fading into uniform blankness there was a bowl of paperwhite daffodils on the table by her armchair Their delicate perfume was fresh in a room that smelled of stopped clocks and old paper.I resented the rules and restrictions and the rigidness The hypocrisy and control Their favourite punishment was to withhold food, and I resented being sent to bed hungry while downstairs seven courses were being served in the dining room and people were only picking at each of them And theresentful I was the naughtier I became and theI was punished I spent my childhood feeling permanently ravenous.Don t you be shy about ringing the bell or going down to find her if it doesn t appear she s got a head like a sieve, that one Not that I imagine she ll have much time for daydreaming today Miss Lovelock s had her up and down like a fiddler s elbow already this morning, fetching tea and toast and hot water cans and whatnot Someone once told me that a woman s body is like a piano It s up to the man whether he chooses to pick out a nursery rhyme with one finger, or learn how to play a symphony I suppose that was the first movement I m terribly ignorant about culture, she whispered Remind me how many movements are there in a symphony Secrets and half truths seemed to swirl through the corridors on icy currents of air.My Review This was a feast of a book The Glittering Hour was thoughtfully written and cunningly insightful as well as shrewdly observant It was a slowly evolving and highly emotive story that was skillfully crafted and elegantly told, and I absorbed it as if it were being injected straight into my gray matter while vivid imagery flickered behind my eyes There were four hundred eighty beautifully written pages and I read them ever so slowly as I wanted to savor each perfectly chosen word, even though the storylines turned me inside out, stung my eyes, pinched my heart, and put hot rocks in my throat Iona Grey is found treasure and a new addition at the very top of my list of favorite authors I was excited for The Glittering Hour because it was a historical fiction novel not set in the WWII era As much as I love that time period honestly, it s my favorite , it has become overdone in novels recently We need variety as readers and this book seemed to give us that reprieve.The Glittering Hour is set in dual time periods, in 1925 with The Bright Young People, a frivolous set of British society s youth and 11 years later in 1936 with a young girl stuck in her grandparents home while h I was excited for The Glittering Hour because it was a historical fiction novel not set in the WWII era As much as I love that time period honestly, it s my favorite , it has become overdone in novels recently We need variety as readers and this book seemed to give us that reprieve.The Glittering Hour is set in dual time periods, in 1925 with The Bright Young People, a frivolous set of British society s youth and 11 years later in 1936 with a young girl stuck in her grandparents home while her mother and father are away on business In between these chapters are often letters from mother to young daughter, as the mother describes the details of her trip and sets up a treasure hunt around the grounds of the girl s grandparents gigantic estate I loved the concept of the treasure hunt, as it revealed details about the mother s past to her young daughter This plot point made me very interested in the story from the beginning Unfortunately, the story never really piqued my interest from that point forward I had to take a break around 30% because it was no longer holding my interest The promise of the great reviews on Goodreads mentioning what was ahead kept me hanging on.My main issue with this book is the terribly slow writing The bottom line is that it s infinitely too wordy for my taste I would find my mind wandering in each paragraph and eventually had to begin skimming to get through the story I wasn t interested in the adventures of The Bright Young People because their exploits were shallow and vain The only people in the story who sparked feeling from me were Lawrence and Alice, and their parts in the story were far too short, and still somehow still drawn out and too descriptive.The plot of the story as a whole was incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking It seemed like exactly the type of book I would love and honestly would have loved if not for the writing style used I needed a quicker plot and fewer words to make this feel less like a tome I was slogging through for a grade in school I desperately wish I could have connected to the story, the bones of an epic plot were there, but unfortunately, it wasn t for me Please don t just take my word for it This is likely to be a popular read, being a Book of the Month selection for December It already has numerous five star recommendations from excellent reviewers and will surely hit the right notes for many readers This was my first book to read of the year and was also a 5 star read, and a SOLID 5 start read at that I loved this book, and I can t really gush enough Iona Grey has done an amazing job, and we are blessed for that We have made sure to stock this book in our family s bookstore, Books n Bears and I have been recommending it left and right My customers that have read it have only had positive things to say about it After reading this book, I had to give myself some time before I wrote this This was my first book to read of the year and was also a 5 star read, and a SOLID 5 start read at that I loved this book, and I can t really gush enough Iona Grey has done an amazing job, and we are blessed for that We have made sure to stock this book in our family s bookstore, Books n Bears and I have been recommending it left and right My customers that have read it have only had positive things to say about it After reading this book, I had to give myself some time before I wrote this review I laughed, I cried, I laughed someand cried even , so much that I could not see the words on the page Recovery time was a must.With all my gushing aside, I don t want to repeat the synopses of the book which the publisher has already done a very good job doing So, I will instead talk about what I loved about the style of the book Young Alice is dropped off at her Grandmother s house who she does not know very well Her grandmother is distant, and the author begins to unfold clues of why this is by way of a scavenger hunt from letters from Alice s mother while she is away The entire story is told in a dual narrative, it flows seamlessly between 1925 and 1936, with Selina s letters added in giving it an epistolary flair The author jumps back and forth across the decade from young Salina to 10 years later when she is traveling with her rich husband abroad on a business trip The writing is beautiful, and the books is a gorgeous work of art I found myself stopping here and there and rereading a sentence or a paragraph that was so well done Iona Grey is a very talented author and I look forward to reading anything that she comes out with in the future I want to thank Edelweiss, Macmillian and Ms Grey for an outstanding read, and for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review

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  • Hardcover
  • 471 pages
  • The Glittering Hour
  • Iona Grey
  • English
  • 08 April 2017
  • 1250066794