The Glittering Hour
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 decad ...more
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This new novel is set in the intervening years between the two world wars and mainly at the family country house Blackwood or in London. ‘It Girl’ Selina Lennox is living the high life of swigging champagne, dancing th ...more
Iona Grey has broken my heart all over again.
I know my words will never, in a million years, do this book the justice it deserves. You need to read it for yourself to understand. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I absolutely adored Iona Grey's previous novel, Letters To The Lost. I talk about it, a lot! I have been patiently waiting (for four years) for her next book and I can tell you that The Glittering Hour has most certai ...more
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Sometimes there comes a novel that moves you so much that you have to write your review just to get your emotions out. A book that moves you so much that you have to stop blubbering long enough so you can write your thoughts down. A love story so exquisitely drawn that you finish the book and start to feel like you’ve been in it with them and now feel bereft that they’ve gone.
The Glittering Hour, as its name suggests, sparkles, and it’s not just the love story. Th ...more
Set in two time frames, the early 1920s and mid 1930s, it revolves around Selina Lennox and her daughter Alice. The changes in lifestyle people experienced between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second is well portrayed, although I thought the governess as a supporter of Mosely was rather heavy-handed.
Selina is a wealthy Brig ...more
The Glittering Hour is told through two timelines. Selina Lennox's story, who as one of the Bright Young People in the 1920s, partied hard, shocking society at that time but determined to live life to the full after the horrors and loss of the First World War. We discover her hop ...more
There's a lot of thing I could write about this heart-wrenching and engaging page turner but to cut short a long story I would only that this was an epic reading experience that moved me to tears more than once.
This book is almost perfect: the well written characters, the historical background, the plot that flows seamlessly.
Some parts reminded me of Evelyn Waugh and Somerset Maugham. I can't say why ...more
An epic love story, The Glittering Hour switches between two timeframes: aristocratic champagne-swilling, party-goer Selina Lennox in the 1920s, and Selina’s nine year old daughter, Alice in the 1930s.
Alice is ensconced with her grandparents at their stately home, Beechcroft, desperately missing her mother who is in ...more
The prologue to this book drew me in instantly – entitled “The End”, a picture coming slowly into focus with enigmatic mentions of missing faces on the walls, the kitbag propped against the table leg, the wedding dress hanging elsewhere, and the lover turned to for the very last time. I already ...more
Like Letters to the Lost, The Glittering Hour is set in two time zones, connected by letters. ...more
Like Alice following her mother’s clues, this book completely captured my imagination and I eagerly read about the young Selina. I liked the way their stories w ...more
Lawrence Weston is a struggling artist making ends meet painting portraits for wealthy families who have lost their sons on the battlefield.
When a chance encounter brings them together, little do they realise it will be a night that will change the rest of their lives.
Since reading Letters to the Lost I have always kept an eye out for more from this author, and I ...more
Iona Grey already made me fell in love with her writing with her acclaimed debut, Letters to the Lost, but I think that The Glitterin ...more
"The Glittering Hour" takes its reader through two time periods (mid-20's and mid-30's) weaving back and forth in a seamless fashion. In the 20's we meet the "Bright Young Things" of high s ...more
Alice is such a lovely character and I loved reading her chapters, she's so believable as a young girl displaced and living amongst her not so friendly relatives.
I do think that the side characters could have been developed a bit more, everyone outside of Alice, Selina and Polly was a bit one note and I never r ...more
My heart is still pounding, and there are tears in my eyes.
What an incredibly brilliant book this is.
Set in the mid 1920s, the age of the bright young things, and the mid 1930s, this an amazing story of an undying love that wasn't really acceptable, but persevered regardless.
So well written and riveting from beginning to end.
Iona Grey, you have done it again, and I am anxiously awaiting your next book.
Im in the minority here but so glad to be finished with it. Could not personally recommend.