The Glittering Hour

Thank you Thomas Dunn Books for gifting me an advanced copy of The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey to read and review!

“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.”

The Glittering Hour is told in dual timelines and multiple perspectives. While reading books that containing multiple perspectives I always feel that I have a better grasp of the storyline; I often become more attached to the characters as I read the book and, in most cases, end up enjoying the book. I think it gives me a greater sense of what was happening and how the events truly impacted each character.

The Glittering Hour was exquisite. It took me on a journey that I was completely unprepared for. When I sat down to begin reading the book, I thought that it would be an interesting historical fiction story but I quickly discovered that it was much more than that. It was heartbreaking but, yet, uplifting; a testament to the lives that these characters lived.

I truly admire the way that Grey was able to weave such a captivating story spanning years. Her descriptive abilities left me feeling like I was there, with the characters, experiencing their lives.

Please don’t let the fact that this book is 480 pages deter you from reading The Glittering Hour. It is such a beautiful story that you will fly through reading it as the characters are easy to relate to. I, also, would highly recommend having tissues close by because loss tends to permeate through the pages of this book.

Thank you to Thomas Dunn Books and Iona Grey for the opportunity to read this book before its publication day. The Glittering Hour will be published on December 10th, 2019; it is available for pre-order now.

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