Welcome to my stop on the #blogtour for The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey. This fabulous book has been on my radar for an age and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to read and review it.
1925. The war is over and a new generation is coming of age, keen to put the trauma of the previous one behind them.
Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing whose life is dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure; to parties and drinking and staying just the right side of scandal. Lawrence Weston is a struggling artist, desperate to escape the poverty of his upbringing and make something of himself. When their worlds collide one summer night, neither can resist the thrill of the forbidden, the lure of a love affair that they know cannot possibly last.
But there is a dark side to pleasure and a price to be paid for breaking the rules. By the end of that summer everything has changed.
A decade later, nine year old Alice is staying at Blackwood Hall with her distant grandparents, piecing together clues from her mother’s letters to discover the secrets of the past, the truth about the present, and hope for the future.
First of all can we just take a moment to appreciate this stunning front cover! I’d be lying if I said the eye-catching artwork adorning the sleeve wasn’t one of the reasons I was initially drawn to this book! It is simply gorgeous!
I was truly lost for words when I finished it because his book is quite simply: magnificent. I became very quickly immersed in this shimmering show of a story, with it’s beautifully written, deep, meaningful and elegantly flowing prose. I was dazzled by Grey’s spectacular story telling and floored by how magical this book is.
It was hard not to be spellbound by the sparkling Selina (the main protagonist) and I was taken by both her and her heart-achingly beautiful story. Her surrounding cast were equally as vivid and all were lustrously illuminated by Grey’s sumptuous style of writing.
The Glittering Hour is one of those rare books that left me feeling utterly bereft when it ended. It is one to be savoured and indulged in and I didn’t want to end. It is an epic tale, and the pages ooze pure, unadulterated joy.
Delicious, dazzling and truly spectacular; this book is everything and everyone should read it.
The Glittering Hour is out now in paperback and you can buy it here
My thanks go to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for my invitation to the #blogtour and also to Rebecca McCarthy of Simon & Schuster for my beautiful hardcover in exchange for my honest review. If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others, and also the other stops on the #blogtour (see below).
Until next time!