Weekly Wrap Up: December 8th through December 14th 2019

Books I’ve Read:

The Angel of Evil

The Wrongful Death

The Die of Death

Seven Letters

The Woman in the Mirror

Follow Me

Books with Pending Reviews:

The Woman in the Mirror—Review coming March 17th, 2020

Follow Me—Review coming February 25th, 2020

Foul is Fair—Review coming February 11, 2020

Books with Published Reviews:

The Die of Death

The Glittering Hour

Seven Letters


The Dead Girls Club

NetGalley Requests:

Highland Sword

Author/Publisher Requests:

Shorefall (Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Del Ray)

The Impossible Castle (Author request)

Wager for a Lady’s Hand (Author request/not on Goodreads yet)

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz/Cover Reveal:

Cover Reveal: Beautifully Broken

Book Blitz: Off the Record

Cover Reveal: Born to Fly

Book Blitz: The Enforcer

Book Blitz: Lessons in Love

Book Blitz: The Last Virgin in Texas

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Blog Tour: The Glittering Hour

The Glittering Hour: A Novel by [Grey, Iona]

4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Thomas Dunne Books

Date of publication: December 10th, 2019

Blog Tour Date: December 13th, 2019

Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction

Where you can find The Glittering Hour: Barnes and Noble | Amazon | BookBub

Book Synopsis:

An unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another from an award-winning author

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.

First Line:

The February dawn crept in slowly, apologetically, as if it sensed how unwelcome it was.

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

My Review:

I was captivated by the blurb of The Glittering Hour. The impression I from the blurb is that it was going to be a sweeping romance. While it was that, it was so much more.

The Glittering Hour got off to a slow start but morphed into a fast-paced, heartbreaking book. There was no lag to the plotline. There were also no dropped characters or storylines.

I am not the biggest fan of the dual plotline books. I can’t keep track of going on. Not the case in The Glittering Hour. The author made sure that I knew what year (aka character) I was reading. Even the characters that had smaller roles (like the governess or the gardener) were clearly labeled. I had no issue following along.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Selina when I first started reading her half of the book. She came across as spoiled. But, as the author got more into her backstory, I understood why she acted the way she did. I believe that is why she was so attracted to Lawrence. He gave her a sense of belonging that she didn’t get from her family. Her love for Alice was evident through the letters she wrote to her and Alice’s memories.

I felt awful for Alice. She was living with people who resented her presence. Her grandmother treated her awfully. She was so cold. It was painfully obvious when her younger cousin came for a visit, and he was indulged. I wanted to reach through the book and hug her; I felt that bad for her. My heart broke even more for her towards the end of the book.

I liked Lawrence, but I thought he fell for Selina too quickly. In an era where social and economic status were still barriers, I knew that he didn’t have a chance with her. I was mentally chanting, “Don’t fall in love, don’t fall in love.” But he did, and it was wonderfully sad.

There were a couple of twists in the storyline that took me by surprise. The one that involved Alice, I saw coming. But the other one blew me away. I didn’t see that one coming at all. When it was revealed, I had to put down my Kindle and take a minute to process it. I should have known something was up when Flick made an appearance!!!

The end of The Glittering Hour had me sobbing my eyes out. From the minute both twists were revealed, I was crying. What a way to end a book!!

I would give The Glittering Hour an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread The Glittering Hour. I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Weekly Wrap Up: November 24th through November 30th 2019

Books I’ve Read:

Foul is Fair

The Look-Alike

Diamond City

Big Lies in a Small Town

Books with Pending Reviews:

Westering Women—Review coming January 7th, 2020

Forever My Duke—Review coming December 31st

The Glittering Hour—Review coming December 13th

Books with Published Reviews:

Weekend Fling—Review Here

A Cowboy Like You—Review Here

NetGalley Requests:

Author/Publisher Requests:

A Critical Tangent—Author Request

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz/Cover Reveal:

Viper—Cover Reveal

All of Him Anthology—Book Blitz

Nix—Book Blitz

The Nigerian Prince—Book Blitz

Distant Memory—Book Blitz

Lace and Lies—Cover Reveal

Sword—Book Blitz

It Was Always You—Book Blitz

The Dirty Dozen: MC Edition—Book Blitz

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Weekly Wrap Up: November 10th through November 16th 2019

Books I’ve Read:

The Glittering Hour

The Dead Girls Club

Weekend Fling

Thin Ice

Into the Inferno

A Cowboy Like You

Win Big

Books with Pending Reviews:

Win Big—Review coming November 19th

Books with Published Reviews:

Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds—Review Here

Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunters—Review Here

NetGalley Requests:

In Her Shadow—Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine/Ballantine Books

The Only Good Indians—Gallery, Pocket Books/Gallery Saga Press

The Last Human—Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine/Del Ray

Author/Publisher Requests:

Jane Anonymous—St. Martin’s Press/Wednesday Books

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz/Cover Reveal:

Two Thousand Lines—Book Trailer Reveal

Breathe In—Book Blitz

Devious Resolutions Anthology—Cover Reveal

Tempting Heat—Book Blitz

Begin with Me—Book Blitz

Skin and Bone—Book Blitz

Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds—Blog Tour

Season of ’72-–Book Blitz

Beneath London’s Fog—Book Blitz

A Perfect Mistake—Book Blitz

A Whole New Duke—Book Blitz

Take Me to Bed: Bedtime Quickies Collection—Book Blitz

No Broken Beast—Book Blitz

My Billionaire Fake Fiance—Book Blitz

Montana Mistletoe—Book Blitz

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Weekly Wrap Up: September 22nd through September 28th 2019

Clicking on titles under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Requests,and Author/Publisher Requests will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on titles under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

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Books I’ve Read:

Demons at War


The Tattooist of Auschwitz (no review)

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein (no review)

What Rose Forgot

Books with Pending Reviews:

The Fixer Upper—review coming September 23rd

Books with Published Reviews:

The Orchid Throne—Review Here

An Unorthodox Match—Review Here

Steel Crow Saga—Review Here

Rise of the Dragon—Review Here

NetGalley Requests:

Win Big—Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Weekend Fling—Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

The God Game (SMP)

Author/Publisher/Blog Tour Review Requests:

My Best Friend’s Sister—Author Request (not on Goodreads yet)

The Glittering Hour—SMP, Thomas Dunne Books

Into the Inferno—KCS Publishing (not on Goodreads yet)

BOINK’D—French Kiss Press/Author Request

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

Panic, Frenzy, Lunacy—Cover Reveal

Past This Point—Book Blitz

Fearless—Book Blitz

Tallowwood—Book Blitz

The Orchid Throne—Blog Tour

Rescuing Lord Roxwaithe—Cover Reveal

The Aquarathi Series—Book Blitz

Cabin 1—Book Blitz

Alec—Book Blitz

Night Latch—Cover Reveal

Not Suitable for Work—Book Blitz

Wrecking Christmas—Book Blitz

Angelbound and Beholder Special Edition Box Set—Book Blitz

Sinful Truth—Cover Reveal

Conjuring Wrath—Book Blitz

Fate of Imperium Box Set: Books 1-3—Book Blitz

The Fixer Upper—Blog Tour

A Little Sin—Book Blitz

Alex—Book Blitz

Giveaways I’ve Entered:

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Catch Up Sunday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Theme Thursday