The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
Published December 10th 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books
Goodreads Summary: An unforgettable historical 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 her.
Lawrence 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 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.
Review: This is my first novel by this author but when I read the summary, I really was intrigued by how the story would turn out. I love the forbidden love type stories so knew this would probably hit it for me. The book is written in two points of view and between two different times. Normally I’m not a huge fan of the back and forth but I think it worked really well for this story. I loved the dynamic between mother and daughter with Alice and Selina. It was heartbreaking to feel Alice’s longing for her mother while she was away. The beginning of the book was a little slow but it gradually picked up. I found myself really living for Selina’s interactions with Lawrence. Like I said, I’m a sucker for forbidden romances. I also really loved the glimpses of 1920s London. That time period always seemed so glamorous but also a tad gritty. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the characters of this story. Have some tissues on hand because it is a bit of a tearjerker!
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.