Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Glittering Hour” as Want to Read:
The Glittering Hour
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Glittering Hour

by
4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,752 ratings  ·  593 reviews
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
...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 17th 2019 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published May 30th 2019)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Glittering Hour, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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)
Renee There is a major romantic relationship in this book. As a matter of fact it is the core of the story. Personally, I did not find anything to be…moreThere is a major romantic relationship in this book. As a matter of fact it is the core of the story. Personally, I did not find anything to be "explicit", as I believe you mean. It is just a good love story, sad in parts, encouraging in others. I highly recommend it.
(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.08  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,752 ratings  ·  593 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Glittering Hour
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Any book that can make me cry like that is deserving of a solid 5 stars!

I will start by saying that the synopsis of this novel didn’t attract or stand out to me. However, when I received this book in the mail from the publisher, I simply had a good feeling about it and when my Traveling Sister Brenda suggested starting it right away, I dove right in. Wow - these characters really got to me! In fact, I have to admit, I have a huge “book crush” on Lawrence - one of the main characters. He had me
...more
Debra
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
3.5 stars

He had no place in her world, amongst her people, and no more did she belong in his.

Love, Secrets, Tragedy, Choices, Love Lost, Longing...

Selina Lennox grew up in luxury. She was at the hottest parties and events. Staying out late, partying and enjoying her life. Lawrence Weston was a poor photographer and painter who has a chance meeting with Selina. That chance meeting was all it took to change their lives forever.

The beginning was an extremely slow burn for me. If it weren't for
...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oh my goodness! This book! Don’t you love it when a book with that kind of cover comes into your life, one you have been anticipating reading for months now, and it lives up to your every expectation? The Glittering Hour was just that kind of read for me.

The Glittering Hour is set in England during the 1920s and 30s, in the time leading up to WWII. Immediately, I was excited about this time period as a nice change from all the traditional WWII fiction I read.

Selina Lennox is a “Bright Young
...more
Brenda -Traveling Sister
3.5 stars

With my wine glass in hand, I started my own glitter hour and was swept away into the glitter and secrets of our endearing characters.

Glittering Hour is a slow-burning dramatic, flamboyantly written story that explores lost love and family secrets. It's a bit wordy and I found myself lost in the words and losing focus for the story at times. I loved both timelines and enjoyed the world of the "Bright Young People" who are famed for their "extravagant parties and lavish lifestyle."
...more
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest


I received an ARC of this and decided to read it on a whim because something about the idea of reading a book set in the roaring twenties while in the 2020s felt like achieving parity. I wasn't really sure what to expect of THE GLITTERING HOUR, but reading it was a lot like reading one of those bloated, sensationalist historical epics that were so popular in the 1970s. Honestly, if we're getting a resurgence of those, I will be so glad, as
...more
Bkwmlee
4.5 stars

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
...more
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Blackwood Park was full of ghosts. Its empty corridors echoed with the whispers of lost voices and snatches of old laughter. It was a house where the past felt more vivid than the present, which was nothing more than a stretch of endless days fading into uniform blankness.

… there was a bowl of paperwhite daffodils on the table by her armchair. Their delicate perfume was fresh in a room that smelled of stopped clocks and old paper.

I resented the rules and restrictions and the
...more
MicheleReader
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
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
...more
Tina
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*

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
...more
Ashley
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
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
...more
Linda
Pass the tissues, please.......

The Glittering Hour is immersed in the fraility and in the strength of human nature. Once you start turning pages here, you are going to be caught up in life plans that are dashed and life plans that follow their timeless fate.

Iona Grey introduces us to Selina Lennox who is wrapped in the party life of the 1920's where silver trays of champagne and filmy female costumes float across the well-carpeted floors of upscale homes. Selina's life is taken over by one
...more
Book of the Month
Why I love it
by Evie Dunmore

"You're so scared of death that you're meeting it halfway.”

How much I love a book is directly proportional to how hard it can wrench my heart. As such, The Glittering Hour dazzles on my 2019 favorites list—I solidly sobbed my way through the last third of it. I hadn’t seen it coming; the book builds gradually, and the quiet poignancies and understated elegance of the prose snuck up on me, then pounced at the twist.

Selina Lennox is young, aristocratic, beautiful, and
...more
Krista
Rating: 5 emotion-packed stars

As I first started reading this book, I was not sure that I would be that impressed or affected by it. As a historical fiction aficionado, I’ve read a fair share of books set between WWI and WWII. This one started out over some familiar territory, but its characters soon pulled me into their world. I quickly grew to love little Alice. It took me longer to warm up to her mother Selina, but by the end, I was putty in their hands. I rarely cry actual real tears while
...more
Milena
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zoe
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mesmerizing, enthralling, and incredibly moving!

The Glittering Houris set in London and the English countryside during 1925, as well as 1936, and is told from two different perspectives. Selina, a young woman in her prime who often finds herself and her friends gracing the pages of the gossip rags for their outrageous behaviour and antics, and Alice Carew, Selina's nine-year-old daughter who after being relegated to her grandparents country home while her parents are abroad embarks on a treasure
...more
Kerry
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
...more
Joan
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
...more
Evie Dunmore
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book of the Month asked me to read & review The Glittering Hour, and I'm so glad they did - one of my 2019 favourites:

"You're so scared of death that you're meeting it halfway.”

How much I love a book is directly proportional to how hard it can wrench my heart. As such, The Glittering Hour dazzles on my 2019 favorites list—I solidly sobbed my way through the last third of it. I hadn’t seen it coming; the book builds gradually, and the quiet poignancies and understated elegance of the prose
...more
Thebooktrail
The Glittering Hour

Visit the locations in the novel

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.
...more
Kimberly
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
Cathy
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
...more
Gill Paul
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So convincing is Selina Lennox, heroine of The Glittering Hour, that I googled her after reading, even though this is a period I know quite a lot about. In fact, Selina is a composite of the hard-living British socialites in 1920s London who were nicknamed the Bright Young Things. Figures such as Brenda Dean Paul, Elizabeth Ponsonby and Olivia Plunket Greene took part in elaborate treasure hunts across town, went to great lengths to design imaginative costumes for fancy-dress parties, drank ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
RATING: 4.5
2019; St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books

“Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage we did not take, Towards the door we never opened Into the rose garden" T.S. Eliot

The Glittering Hour is a gorgeous read, just like all the different book covers associated with the title. Grey captures you from the first word to the last. It is written well, with the lavish drama of the 1920s. Selina is one of the Young Bright Things in Britain spending their days asleep and nights drinking,
...more
Sonica
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, St. Martin's Press for my copy of The Glittering Hour, in exchange for my honest review. This title releases December 10, 2019.

I'm participating in the Blog Tour for this title between December 1-14.

This was such a moving and powerful story about hidden family secrets, and the pain of losing love. Written with a dual timeline, the story follows Selina and her daughter, Alice between 1925 and 1936 across two storylines that connect in a compelling way. A beautiful story that will break
...more
The Lit Bitch
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I get pitched books months and months in advance and sometimes I simply forget a title until I pull up my calendar for the following month to see what I have coming up to read.

That’s what happened with this book. I pulled up my December calendar…..the day after I made my Book of the Month selection for December. If you guys didn’t know, this book was a Book of the Month pick for December and Evie Dunmore who wrote Bringing Down the Duke (one of my favorite read of the year) recommended
...more
Brenda
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches,
I had never read anything by this author before and probably will not
...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
It's 1936 and Alice is staying with her grandparents at their estate as her parents are on a business trip overseas. Alice is feeling sad without her parents around, but thankfully, she has Polly, her grandparents' servant to keep her company. Polly gives Alice letters from her mother as well as clues to a treasure hunt that she set up. This obviously gives Alice something to look forward to while missing her mother. Then the narration is also shared with Selina, Alice's mother, except it takes ...more
Janet (MommyTheReader)
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
...more
debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
5 stars!
What a wonderful read! I loved the main character, Selina immediately. Her boldness, zest for life; also for what happens at the beginning when she saves a cat from the streets after a night of partying. She did the right thing, what I would have done...and I liked her so much for it. At this same time she meets someone she falls very hard for, but he is not part of her glittering world. A poor man, an artist...photographer. Her parents would not approve.

They fall deeply in love but
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Sun Down Motel
  • Things in Jars
  • Topics of Conversation
  • Long Bright River
  • Dear Edward
  • When We Were Vikings
  • The Holdout
  • The Wives
  • You Are Not Alone
  • Stay
  • The Family Upstairs
  • The Girl with the Louding Voice
  • All the Ways We Said Goodbye
  • The Fountains of Silence
  • A Million Dreams
  • The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness
  • Spy
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)
See similar books…
470 followers
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
“Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage we did not take, Towards the door we never opened Into the rose garden–T.S. ELIOT” 4 likes
“Please know, my dearest darling, how much I miss you — every moment — and how I'm longing to be back with you soon. 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.” 3 likes
More quotes…