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The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
Historical fiction

The Glittering Hour

by Iona Grey

Quick take

A love story that exposes 1920s high-society glamour for its haunting war-time memories and crushing family pressure.

Good to know

  • Romance

  • 400+ pages

  • Family drama

  • Forbidden love

Why I love it

"You're so scared of death that you're meeting it halfway.”

How much I love a book is directly proportional to how hard it can wrench my heart. As such, The Glittering Hour dazzles on my 2019 favorites list—I solidly sobbed my way through the last third of it. I hadn’t seen it coming; the book builds gradually, and the quiet poignancies and understated elegance of the prose snuck up on me, then p...


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 ...


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    December 2019