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The Glittering Hour

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  168 reviews
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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: December 10th 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published May 30th 2019)
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Iona Grey Dawn, I'm so sorry - I've only just discovered this question. Huge apologies for not answering sooner. I wrote the book as a romance: at it's heart…moreDawn, I'm so sorry - I've only just discovered this question. Huge apologies for not answering sooner. I wrote the book as a romance: at it's heart it's the story of a wild love affair one hot summer in the 1920s, and the consequences of it. However, it would be misleading to say that there isn't an element of tragedy, and I don't think it's one to pick up if you're feeling a bit fragile or in need of something cheerful. I hope that ultimately it might be uplifting, but it definitely contains themes that might be upsetting or potentially triggering. Hope this helps and sorry to have taken so long to reply!(less)

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Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I normally compose my reviews right after finishing a book but after finishing The Glittering Hour I had to wait – I had to compose myself first. So with tears still in my eyes, I would like to share how deeply this book moved me. First of all, it completely transports the reader to both timelines - in 1925 when we meet free-spirited Selina and then in 1936 when we meet her daughter Alice. Both timelines are equally interesting and engaging. The life of Selina and her fellow Bright Young Things ...more
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When I was first asked to join the blog tour for Iona Grey’s latest novel The Glittering Hour , I was a little apprehensive at first, as I had never heard of this author before and of course hadn’t read her debut novel Letters to the Lost , which came out back in 2015. After reading the summary for the book though and seeing that it fell into one of my favorite genres (historical fiction), I decided to take a chance with this one and see where it would take me. Looking back now after
Karren  Sandercock
The Glittering Hour, is a story with a dual timeline, it flows seamlessly between 1925 and 1936.

In 1925 the war is over, Selina is a member of the "Bright Young People" she spends her time going to parties, staying up late, drinking way too much, going on silly treasure hunts with her friends and she's footloose and fancy free. Really, Selina is very insecure due to her strict upbringing, her mother is a stern, cold, distant woman and she finds her youngest daughter rather flighty. Selina
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

A lovely book tinged with sadness. A story about a big love and secrets told in two parts. I especially enjoyed the time period and tone of the book.

The story is about Selina Lennox, who was a young socialite in England. She marries in 1926 to a man that her family deems to be acceptable and gives birth to a daughter, Alice. The story begins in 1936 as Selina accompanies her husband on a business trip to Burma. She has to leave her daughter in the care of her up-to-do family. As she knows it
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this new novel for four years, after devouring Iona Grey’s brilliant, award winning debut novel ‘Letters to the Lost’. I was very excited at being chosen to review this novel which totally blew me away and exceeded all of my expectations.
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
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot even begin to tell you how achingly beautiful this book is.
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
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
The Glittering Hour is a beautifully written, tragic love story set in England in 1920-30s. Selina Lennox comes from a privileged, noble family, she spends her days and nights partying with her wealthy friends. Lawrence Weston is a struggling photographer, who supplements his income by painting portraits. Their lives are vastly different, they move in different circles, but one night their paths unexpectedly collide and change both Selina and Lawrence forever. What follows is a story of a ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
I loved this book! Nine year old Alice is staying with her grandparents at Blackwood, the old family estate, while her mother and father travel. To help pass the time, and to teach Alice about her mother's secrets, her mother Selina and her maid Polly devise a "treasure hunt" consisting of clues about Selina's past. Told in dual timelines, I was thoroughly engrossed with both the stories of Alice and Selina. Though this was a lengthy novel, I read it fairly quickly because I couldn't wait to ...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.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
I was excited for The Glittering Hour because it was a historical fiction novel not set in the WWII era. As much as I love that time period (honestly, it's my favorite), it has become overdone in novels recently. We need variety as readers and this book seemed to give us that reprieve.

The Glittering Hour is set in dual time periods, in 1925 with The Bright Young People, a frivolous set of British society's youth and 11 years later in 1936 with a young girl stuck in her grandparents' home while
Although the title of the book isThe Glittering Hour, it’s the glittering few hours I spent reading this book that is uppermost in my mind at the moment.

Events unfold over the course of a decade with the story alternating between 1936, as nine year old Alice embarks on a treasure hunt of a kind to uncover the secrets of her mother’s past, and 1925 in which Selina recalls her heady days as one of the ‘Bright Young People’ and the chance meeting that changed everything for her. Interspersed are
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mesmerizing, enthralling, and incredibly moving!

Full review to follow shortly.
Heidi Rice
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another masterpiece from Iona Grey which was thoroughly worth the wait. I completely fell in love with Selina Lennox, Lawrence Weston and little Alice – Selina's daughter – who as she waits for her mother's return from an overseas trip during the 1930s begins a treasure hunt which will change her life and reveal a deeply emotional story of love found, love lost and love reborn.

As always with Grey's writing, the two time periods and places in which the book is set – London's high society in the
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-reads-2019
As an impassioned devourer of historical fiction, I was intrigued and delighted to receive an invitation to read The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey and join in the blog tour.

What I thought, was that it might be a sweet, glitzy romance, an enjoyable read. I wasn’t even that positive about the era it's set in – the roaring twenties is perhaps not my period of history, of choice (or maybe that should read wasn’t)

What I didn’t realise is the HUGE impact this book would have on me. Probably the MOST
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy on the Goodreads sanctioned giveaway. Thank you!

The first third of this book was so mind boggling boring to me that if I had not won it and promised to review it, I definitely would have chucked the read. A DNF.

It's varying time periods little change the style and onus of the writing. It's pure emotional based "popularity" vs affection vs love life type of womanhood effusion volcano. Which can be done very well, but in this case ran terribly, terribly overlong. And to make
Janet (MommyTheReader)
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy books that make you cry big, ugly tears, The Glittering Hour is for you. I'm not an easy crier when it comes to books. Teary eyes here and there, yes, but this book messed me up with its bittersweet ending.

The Glittering Hour is a multifacted gem of a romance. I'll never do it justice trying to describe it, and I'd hate to give away too much, but expect to be wowed with passion, deception, devotion, hope, and dazzling love.

The writing is absolutely perfect! A satisfying balance
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Iona Grey's The Glittering Hour is an engrossing historical fiction set in the post WWI England. The author delicately laces her story of love and loss with history. This is not a heavy-handed history lesson, but appropriate mentions of significant events during that era are mentioned to provide character backstory and motivations.

The Glittering Hour takes place in 1935. When nine-year-old Alice's mother, Selina, leaves her with her stoic grandmother, she writes her daughter letters giving her
Liz Fenwick
I was a blithering mess (in a good way) when I finished this beautiful heartbreaking story. Everyone must read this gorgeous book!
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow...just another beautifully written story by Iona Grey...I was totally spellbound by this gorgeous book right from the very start - Selena’s story was set in an era that I love to read about, the 20’s & 30’s.
Highly recommend
Deborah Carr
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished reading The Glittering Hour and am completely bereft to have to leave Selina and Alice's stories behind. The characters and their stories in this exquisite book will stay with me for a very long time.

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
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaway-books
I won the ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of this book in a giveaway. This is the story of Selina and her little girl Alice, going between the past when Selina was a young single woman and the present when Alice is a little girl. Not much of the book was interesting to me.....the story of young people spending their time drinking and socializing. Toward the end of the book things changed (I can't say how without revealing too much) and I began to enjoy the story. In this copy there is no sex talk ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Auderoy Lin
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it

But for the moment we must both try to be brave and cheerful, because if we feel brave and cheerful the time will go much more quickly than if we are gloomy and despondent.

Have courage, brave girl. In a world that is small enough for the same moon to hang over us both, we can't ever be too far apart.

"Now -- I do believe it must be almost six o'clock..."
"The glittering hour!... Let's have cocktails."

Heat softened and smudged everything, so that the champagne was the only thing that was
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review .

I am not one to do half stars when rating books but in this case I feel it’s absolutely necessary. When reflecting on what I’ve just read ( I literally just closed the book) 3 stars seems to low and 4 stars seems too generous. So 3 and a half it is lol.

Overall I really enjoyed the book. I have to say the writing was great and the characters were well developed. I’m a character driven reader and I was invested in all the different viewpoints. There were a lot of POVs in
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey is a stunning, tearfully, gut-wrenching historical fiction that is a dual timeline but becomes one at the end. This is an impressive and ingenious novel that weaves a story slowly spun, but spirals to the satisfying and touching conclusion.
This story mainly describes the lives of Alice and her mother, Selina, and tells a bittersweet story of love, loss, redemption, and finding one another against the odds and years. The puzzle pieces slowly fit together as the
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey is a stunning, tearfully, gut-wrenching historical fiction that is a dual timeline but weaves into one at the end. This is an impressive and ingenious novel that weaves a story slowly spun, but spirals to the satisfying and touching conclusion.
This story mainly weaves the loves of Alice and her mother, Selina, and tells a bittersweet story of love, loss, redemption, and finding one another against the odds and years. The puzzle pieces slowly fit together as the
I was going to give this 3.5 stars --- but that ending! It was so touching. I had to put the book down a couple of times because of my tears. It was real and raw, and so well written.

Full review for NetGalley to follow.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a totally involving historical novel which did leave me tearful, yet with hope. Iona Grey has created not only characters who have intense and realistic lives, but also a sense of a time, or times, that provide the reason for their reactions. Set in both 1925 when the emotions of a war past leads to an overwhelming sense of loss and the need to make the most of each moment, and 1936 when the old certainties have long gone, this is a powerful story. Women are daughters, mothers, sisters, ...more
Nicola Smith
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to start this review by saying I'm rather annoyed...with myself. I'm annoyed because I wish I had left myself just a tiny bit more time to read this absolute stunner of a book. This is a book where every word needs to be savoured. However, I had more than enough time to know that I absolutely loved it.

Selina Lennox is a woman about town. In the 1920s that means that she was doing things that maybe weren't the most ladylike, especially for someone of her class, but nevertheless, after the
Karen Mace
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that made time reading it fly by and totally transported me back in time and into the lives of Selina and Lawrence, who were from totally diffeent backgrounds but for one summer circumstances brought them together. And that Summer has big consequences for little Alice 10 years later, and it was mesmerizing to see what transpired through her eyes and the letters she uncovered.

In 1925 the war is over and Selina is living a footloose and fancy free life! She is on the 'bright young things'
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Iona Grey has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the lives of women in the twentieth century. She lives in the rural North West of England with her husband and three daughters. She is the award-winning author of Letters to the Lost, and her new book The Glittering Hour is on sale October 17 2019 (UK) ...more
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