The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
Updated: Apr 10
TITLE: The Glittering Hour
AUTHOR: Iona Grey
PUBLISHER: Thomas Dunne Books
YR PUBLISHED: 2019
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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