Book: The Glittering Hour
Author: Iona Grey
Genre: Historical Fiction
Who should read this book: anyone that is a fan of the roaring 20’s, historical fiction not during a world war, and romance lovers
First let me say a huge thank you to MacMillan USA and St. Martin’s Press for the advanced copy of this book. I’m so glad I have this book in my hands because it is definitely a book I will read again and again.
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The Glittering Hour is about Selina Lennox, a rich young girl in high society London. She is of marriageable age and her parents are preparing to force her into a marriage with strong social connections. But Selina falls in love with someone else. This is a romance of forbidden love, low class boy high class girl. There are sneaky rendevous’s, secrets and narrow escapes. There are dazzling parties, and daring adventures of the young. This book hooked me in and kept me interested until I was sobbing for the last 50 pages.
Iona Grey has written a heartbreaking and hopefully story of forbidden love that I will never forget. I have been pestering everyone since I finished it to read this book. So this is me telling you too. You need this book in your life!
Hook 2/2: The story starts with Alice, Selina Lennox’s duaghter. She is 9 and her parents are heading to Burma on a business trip so she is being left with her grandparents in their manor. Her mother writes her letters while she is away sending her on a treasure hunt through her mother’s old house, in this way we the reader also learn about Selina’s wild youth.
Writing 2/2: Iona Grey is captivating. Everything about this book pulls you in, the secrecy, the beauty, the novelty, the riches, it’s dazzling and alluring. The characters are so well developed, the scenery is perfectly described. I will be seeking out more of Iona Grey’s work for sure.
Plot 2/2: We flip back and forth between Alice on a treasure hunt and reading the letters from her mother, to Selina at 20 when she falls in love with Lawrence, the painter. There love is dreamy, it’s everything you want from a young, forbidden romance. The plot never lost me, I was hooked and devoured this book.
Historical Accuracy 2/2: Very well done! I really enjoyed this read because although it does mention the Great War it’s set in the 20’s and it was very refreshing to not read another war story.
Feel 2/2: ALL THE FEELS. I freaking loved this book from start to finish and I cannot recommend it enough. If you like history or romance or both, you will like this book. But have tissues handy.