Blog Tour: The Glittering Hour

43263378 Glittering Hour
By Iona Grey
480 pages
Published: December 10th 2019
Thomas Dunne Books

 Note: I received this book from the author and publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
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About the Book:
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 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.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey's The Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.


I absolutely loved Letter's to the Lost, Grey's first novel, so I was excited to read this one! Like Letters to the Lost, this one was a slow start for me. It also had two time frames (mid 1920's and mid 1930's) and I found myself a bit confused at first. However, there were characters in both story lines I really liked--Lawrence Weston from the 1920's story, and young Alice, Selina's daughter, from the 1930's story. The two storylines do come together in the end, in an emotional and heartbreaking way that I didn't see coming.

The writing is beautiful and eloquent. It's what I loved most about the book.  I also haven't read many books set in this time period in England, so I enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of the book. While it wasn't a 5 star read for me, I still encourage you to read it if you love a bittersweet historical romance!

Iona Grey
About the Author:
IONA GREY is the author of the award winning Letters to the Lost. She 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 rural Cheshire with her husband and three daughters.