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 don't read a lot of historical fiction, let alone historical romance, but the setting and time period of The Glittering Hour caught my attention. This is a love story, but even more than that, it's the story of a mother and daughter and their bond. The story is told in dual timelines, and while that doesn't always work for me, the author handles it quite seamlessly, and it's easy to get lost in the atmosphere of the story. That said, this one does have some serious lag time in the beginning, but the second part of the book certainly makes up for it. This is not a story full of action, but it does have a forward momentum that kept me reading. I loved the connection between mother and daughter, and I was as interested in learning about how Alice came to be as she was. Overall, it's a wonderful story of love and loss with engaging characters and one of my favorite time periods in history. The wild and carefree Selina fits in perfectly with what we think of when the '20s are mentioned, and even though she lives in a different time, the author still made her relatable. This one may have been a bit out of my wheelhouse, and those lags in the first half could've used some going over, but it is most certainly worth the read.