Praise for The Glittering Hour:
"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
"The Glittering Hour is an exceptional novel about choosing how to live amid powerful grief and true love. For readers looking for a tremendously entertaining, emotionally charged story, look no further. The Glittering Hour is just the ticket." BookPage
"This sweeping history is sure to be a tearjerker." Publishers Weekly
"This is a deceptively bittersweet tale, a story of loss and discovery covered in flashes of riches and freedom that obscure its melancholy core. ...a heartbreaking but ultimately positive tone that will hit many emotions. And while it is a love story in Selina’s past that we follow and mourn, it’s the relationship between Alice and her parents that takes center stage at the end." Historical Novel Society
"Vivid and heartbreakng." - Prima (UK)
"Prepare to be swept away on an all-encompassing journey of love, loss and discovery." - Woman & Home (UK)
"I absolutely adored this sweeping novel" - Good Housekeeping (UK)
"... a stunning novel of love, loss and living life to the full. Beautifully written with attention detail in plot and character, this book went straight to my heart, and took me through an array of emotions. I found this evocative of the period, mesmerising in its story and an absolutely fabulous read that I didn’t want to end. A captivating and compelling read that I highly recommend." - Bookliterati.com (UK)
“An enchanting, evocative read.” – The Sun (UK)
“Emotionally fraught, evocative and redemptive, The Glittering Hour has been well worth the wait. What a superb novel - Iona Grey really is back with aplomb.” – Fiona Mitchell, author of The Maid’s Room
Praise for Letters to the Lost:
“A wonderful story.” Rosamunde Pilcher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Shell Seekers
“Grey's engaging, poignant, and romantic debut treats readers to an absorbing story within a story.” Library Journal, *Starred Review*
“A captivating tale of love and love lost.” Booklist
“Letters to the Lost pulsates with life, offering a vibrant love story that transcends time and the heartbreak of war. Settle in somewhere comfortable; you are in for an enthralling read.” Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker
“[A] powerful debut, one of those rare books that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. It's a heart-wrenching, smile-through-the-tears story of love lost and refound - you won't be able to put it down!” Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The English Wife and The Ashford Affair
A treasure hunt leads a young girl to discover her mother's darkest secret.
In 1936, 9-year-old Alice has been consigned by her mother, Selina Lennox Carew, to the care of her Lennox grandparents at their ancestral stately home, Blackwood Park. The reason for this custodial arrangement is Selina's trip to Southeast Asia with Alice's cold, distant father, Rupert, who needs to visit his ruby mines in Burma. Alice is kept abreast of her parents' travels through her mother's letters, delivered by longtime family servant Polly. Alice is also directed, by Polly, to discover clues set by her mother, leading the girl on a treasure hunt that helps lift her out of her depression. Alice's Blackwood sojourn alternates with chapters set in 1925, when young Selina, age 22, is setting the London tabloids ablaze with her antics as one of a cadre of Bright Young People, devil-may-care upper-class flappers and their escorts. But everything changes when, on a madcap treasure hunt of her own, Selina meets Lawrence Weston, a struggling portrait painter and aspiring photographer. The two are drawn inexorably into an affair. Selina's choice of a passionless marriage to Rupert over life with her soul mate, Lawrence, is the fateful decision on which the novel turns, and her rationalizations will be a little too pat to satisfy most readers. Nor will readers be long baffled by Alice's hunt—given the 1925 backstory, the solution to the puzzle is obvious almost from the start. But genuine surprises do await, even if they entail punishing Selina, after the manner of post-Code Hollywood melodrama, for her breach of class boundaries, disregard for propriety, and unladylike smoking and drinking. The characters verge on stereotypical although there are no true villains and only the domestics lack flaws, particularly Polly and Mr. Patterson, the gardener who introduces Alice to the redemptive joys of nature. However, Grey's use of sensory detail, enlivening the most mundane of scenes, redeems this novel, too.
Flamboyantly written, if a little too conventionally peopled and plotted.