This novel is just as gorgeous as its cover – if not more. If you were to ask me to choose what my favourite read of 2019 would be, I’d throw this book at you so fast!
Set in the glamour years of the 1920s, A stunning story that intertwines romance, friendship and family in an era trying to move past The Great War and the legacy it left behind, as well as spanning across the decade into the 1930s, where the palpable shift towards another World War brings with it secrets, lies and the truth, The Glittering Hour is book that will capture your heart.
I honestly can’t remember a time I devoured a book faster. Every single waking moment was consumed with this book, and I’ve not stopped thinking about it since. More nuanced than just a love story between A Bright Young Thing and a Penniless Artist. It’s a story you can feel right to the very core, of how badly The Great War impacted so many people across all generations; of the treatment of women in an era which we tend to think of as a turning point in equality, of how children are often left to deal with the “burden” or “sins” of the parent.
Fall in love with this book, I dare you. It is beautifully haunting, and yes, you will cry, but your heart will be full.
— THE ESSENTIALS —
THE BOOK: The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
THE PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster UK
THE WHERE: Simon & Schuster | Dymocks | Booktopia
THE SYNOPSIS: 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. | GR