The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh my goodness, this book!
I adored Iona Grey’s first book (Letters to the Lost) so I was excited to read this one. I was completely absorbed into the worlds of Alice and Selina from the the start. I ended up reading into the small hours of the morning, because I couldn’t bear to stop.
The book starts with Alice, whose miserable life at her grandmother’s house is enlivened by letters from her mother, Selina, and a treasure hunt which promises to tell her Selina’s story. We find out things about Selina’s life as Alice uncovers clues. Selina, a Bright Young Thing when she was in her early twenties, is glamorous and exciting – with drinks and parties and games galore. During one of those parties, she meets the down at heel artist Lawrence Weston and falls in love …. but we know she doesn’t end up married to him.
The story has a twist which makes an already emotional story extra poignant. The writing is beautiful, the story and characters are completely absorbing. I was a weepy wreck by the end. I love, love, loved it. This is one of the best books I’ve read all year. Go read it.