Book Review:- The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

The epic and long-awaited new romance from the author of Letters to the Lost, winner of the RNA Award.

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying just the right side of scandal.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, this is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

Published May 2019 by Simon & Schuster UK

Ahhhh… my poor heart!! I’m still putting it back together even though it’s a couple of days since I finished reading this gorgeous, gorgeous book.

I’d heard over and over that this was a stunning book, and it’s indeed true. It’s set in two parts – the heady, post WW1 roaring twenties where Bright Young Thing, Selina Lennox and her friends are having the time of their lives and the more austere mid 1930s, where a young girl has found herself in the care of her distant and resentful Grandmother. With little else to do, she looks forward to the sporadic letters from her Mother which hold clues to a tragic love story and a secret from the past.

Oh My. What a heartbreaking story this is. It’s romantic, passionate and tragic – literally taking my breath away at times. It’s so beautifully evocative, that my 21st century surroundings faded into the background and I was transported to a world of glamour and glitz that felt as if it was being played out in front of my eyes, like an old fashioned Hollywood movie. The ill fated romance was exquisitely written, crackling with passion and tenderness which swept me away.

Spanning just over a decade between wars, in a time when boundaries and barriers are being tested and broken, The Glittering Hour deserves all the praise it gets. I absolutely adored it!

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