[EPUB] ✹ The Glittering Hour ✾ Iona Grey – Submitaurl.info

[EPUB] ✹ The Glittering Hour  ✾ Iona Grey – Submitaurl.info 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 HerLawrence 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 RightSpanning 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 was a blithering mess in a good way when I finished this beautiful heartbreaking story Everyone must read this gorgeous book 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 is well captured The world of young Alice is also so well described that you can perfectly visualize her grandparents decaying estate Each character was just perfect as was the whole book right to the last page I want to thank NetGalley, Thomas Dunne Books St Martin s Press and Ms Grey for an advance copy of this wonderful book. 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 misses her brother Howard terribly he died fighting in WW I, she s partying and living life for both of them.One night while driving around with her friends on a treasure hunt, they run over a cat, Selina gets out of the car, her friends drive off and leave her behind with the injured cat Lawrence Weston comes to her aide, he s a complete stranger, and together they bury the poor unfortunate cat Lawrence is a struggling artist, he paints portraits of young men who died fighting in WW I, he uses photos given to him by their families and he provides them with a lasting memento of their lost sons He really wants to be a photographer, he needs the money and painting is a way for him to support himself In 1936, nine year old Alice is staying at Blackwood Hall with her grandparents, they have employed a governess, Miss Vera Lovelock to look after her and see to her education Selina is away with her husband on a business trip to Burma, she sends her lonely daughter letters and her maid Polly passes them on to Alice To help Alice discover secrets from her mothers past, she sends her daughter on a treasure hunt, with clues hidden in the letters and she s looking for items scattered around the families crumbling property Here Alice meets the families old gardener Mr Patterson, they become friends, she begins helping him in the garden and she s not as lonely.Blackwood is an old family estate, the Lennox Family is struggling to maintain the house and the once beautiful gardens are over grown Many upper class families struggled to manage their homes after WW I, times had changed and they no longer had the money or the staff to do so At the time, women of Selina s class are expected to marry well, it s a way of topping up the families finances, keeping the expensive estates a float and especially for families who had lost, sons and husbands in the war Selina is under pressure to do the right thing, marry her brothers best friend Rupert Carew and make her mother happy for once She feels an instant connection with Lawrence Weston, will she throw caution to the wind, follow her her heart and let her family down Iona Grey has written a story about, hidden secrets, family honor, discovering the truth and the pain of lost love Get out the tissues, you will need them and I gave The Glittering Hour five big stars I have shared my review on Australian , Goodreads, Edelweiss, Twitter and my blog.https karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com 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 the night away and of rebelling against and shocking her traditional parent s generation It is a time of outrageous costume parties, risk taking and gallivanting through the streets of London She is one of The Bright Young Things and lives life to the full, seeking adventure and game for anything She marries only to follow the conventions of the day, for security and safety Her daughter Alice is born and for Selina it is love at first sight Selina and Alice have a strong bond, spend as much time together as they can and life is good.When Alice is nine years old Selina accompanies her husband on a mammoth business trip across the world to his business interests in the far east, leaving Alice with The Grands in their country estate and communicating by letters when they docked at different ports Poor Alice is so homesick so Selina set a series of ingenious treasure hunts for her to solve, to give her something to distract her and engage her imagination Reading these inspiring letters and following the clues helps Alice to pass her spare time away, her stern Governess takes her on instructive walks and Alice is overseen by her mother s kind and nurturing once maid and confidante It is here that Alice learns of her own and her mother s life stories and is introduced to Selina s very special friend Lawrence Weston, once a struggling artist who painted portraits of the rich and famous to fund his love of photography I adored this captivating, tender and poignant story I loved absolutely everything about it from the brilliant storytelling, engaging characters and timeline to the themes Iona Grey chose for her second novel I loved the way the various threads of the stories were developed and richly brought to life It is a heart breaking novel, unique and imaginative with everyday life issues under a compassionate scrutiny only such a talented author could pull off I loved the contrasts drawn between the haves and the have nots , between the different generations and the attention to the conventions and rules verses the raging and misbehaving younger generation I loved the language and descriptions and thought the title of the novel was inspired It had everything I most enjoy within its 400 pages and I give this novel a resounding 5 award and the advice that it is totally unmissable and truly magical I received this book through my membership of NetGalley and from publisher Simon Schuster UK in return for an honest review Thank you most sincerely for my copy As you can see I absolutely drank in every word Bravo

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