• Rachel Penate

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

Updated: Apr 10

TITLE: The Glittering Hour⁣

AUTHOR: Iona Grey⁣

PUBLISHER: Thomas Dunne Books⁣


STARS: ★★★★⁣

SUMMARY: Selina Lennox is a “Bright Young Thing” from a wealthy family; Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter. When they stumble into each other’s orbit one night, Selina finds herself choosing what's safe over what's right. Spanning 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. (Adapted from Goodreads)⁣

REVIEW: There are so many time historical periods that I love — the mystery and intrigue of the victorian era and heroism of WWII (to name a few) — but the roaring 1920s and 30s are like the “lesser known cousin” of popular historical fiction timelines and, honestly, one of my absolute favorites. ⁣

Iona Grey’s The Glittering Hour is positioned to be one of those time period pieces that shines. It’s a Jazz Era love story propped in-between one part drama and two parts coming of age story. And, it really did hold my attention as I cared for the well-being of each of the characters. ★ But, while Iona Grey’s novel glitters in many ways, in plot and love story, ultimately, remains a bit sluggish. ★⁣

Overall, a story worth reading if this is a time period you love. If not, I’d suggest trying something different. ⁣

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Sudden loss, cancer. ⁣

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