Book Review

THE GLITTERING HOUR by Iona Grey

Rating: 3.5 / 5

I picked up THE GLITTERING HOUR by Iona Grey from BOTM with a very specific reading challenge prompt in mind. Though the book is set in two time streams in the 1920s and 1930s I am counting it for my 1920s setting prompt.

In the 1930s time period, we are following Alice, a young girl who has moved in with her grandparents while her beloved mother travels with her father overseas. Alice is able to keep in touch with her mother through a series of letters which detail her travels. Her mother has also set up a bit of a scavenger hunt for young Alice which will reveal Alice’s own origin story along with secrets from her mother’s past.

In the 1920’s, we are following Alice’s mother Selina, a beautiful young socialite who lives a life of parties and staying in her parents’ good graces. The status quo is threatened when Selina meets Lawrence, a struggling artist who would not meet her parents’ expectations for her. Though she falls in love, she finds herself drawn to making the decision her parents deem safe.

This novel had a very slow start and I’ll admit that if I hadn’t been reading this one for a prompt I might have set it aside fairly early on. That said, I did read reviews from a few friends that said that pushing through was a good idea and that the book really picked up as it got going. I am glad that I did because I did really wind up enjoying the book as a whole.

I enjoyed following Alice a lot and felt for her sense of abandonment with a family that seemed very cold for no reason. As she explores her mother’s past and the scavenger hunt letters, Alice learns more about her family and her own truth. I wasn’t entirely surprised by the twists along the way, but the story kept me very engaged in the latter half of the book.

Overall this is one I did really enjoy and I’m glad that the reading challenge really pushed me to continue on with it!

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book set in the 1920’s

#NerdReading2020 – set in the past

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