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The Glittering Hour

A Novel
Written by: Iona Grey
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
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"The Glittering Hour is an exceptional novel about choosing how to live amid powerful grief and true love." (Bookpage)

Award-winning author Iona Grey's next unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another

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.

"An absorbing tale of love, loss, and the ties that bind... A sweeping historical saga that captures the desires and dilemmas of the heart." (Booklist)

©2019 Iona Grey (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-25

"Does not disappoint. Beautiful. Spend the credit!

Not enough praise can be given. The details the author weaves so you feel like you're there, the characters, the achingly beautifully told love story, The narration is Amazing. I usually listen to Psychological Thrillers, but veered in a different lane. So glad I did. It took my breath away.

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  • Syd Young
  • 2019-12-23

Gorgeous and True

This. All the feels for this book, with its deep emotion. Something like The Thirteenth Hour meets Atonement in the moment between the great wars. This should be the next “it” fiction that everyone reads, it’s that good.

What happens when a girl is born in the jazz age as a part of the set, but she sees beyond it? Life, life happens and turns everything on its head.

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  • billy Palizzolo
  • 2020-02-17

Fantastic Story and Narrator!

The book itself is incredibly well-written and the story is gripping. Though it’s an immensely sad tale it is more than worth the heartache. Each and every character is thoughtfully and carefully developed, you feel a connection to everyone whether or not you understand or appreciate their motives. Imogen Church was an AMAZING narrator. I often felt there must have been multiple people reading. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in the past two years and the most successful and impressive narrator I’ve listened to on audible. A must read / listen. I highly recommend!

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  • CJ
  • 2020-02-16

Superb

Beautiful story excellently told. The narrator 's voice is mesmerizing and the writing is wonderful.

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  • Tim Burnett
  • 2020-02-02

Loved it

Such a sweet story and very stirring. I loved the performance and am so glad I listened rather than read this story.

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  • Jennifer Van Dusen
  • 2020-01-19

Loved my first audio book!

This was my first audiobook and I am so glad I picked this one. I was a bit skeptical at first and found my mind wandering (totally on me, not the author’s words or the narrator). However I was quickly drawn in to this beautiful and tragic love story. I particularly enjoyed the format the most. Told in two different time periods, Alice learns the story of how she came to be from the mother she adores. Her mother writes to her and sends her on a treasure hunt full of riddles that help her explore the estate she grew up in. Unfortunately, Selena, Alice’s mother, left her in the care of her own mother at Blackwood while she and her husband attend to business in Burma. Alice is lonely and missing her mother quite terribly. But with some kindness by a maid Polly, she starts to write her mother letters and learns of her mother’s life the summer before she was born. The writing in this novel was glittering and gorgeous. The descriptions and imagery were something I didn’t know I needed in my life. Themes of love, loss, loneliness and innocence were quite prevalent. I absolutely adored this book and these characters.

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  • Diane Patrick
  • 2020-01-12

Slow start....stick with it

I had a tough time getting into this book and debated whether I would stick with it. So glad that I did. When it finally grabbed hold of me, it wouldn’t let go! Turned out to be a really good story!