My Sunday-Monday Post

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Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

I am in overdrive mode – is anyone else? Lol. I must have been on super coffee last week, because I feel like I did all the things. I finished shopping, read three books, posted here like every day, and still managed to get breakfast with a new friend, get my hair done, go to work at my job, and make cookies with my friends. Along with all the other regular things we all have to do every week. ‘Tis the season I suppose! This week coming up has far less on the calendar.

Read Last Week:

I have been waiting forever to read the Queen of Nothing and it did not disappoint! I loved this book and these characters. Holiday by Gaslight was delightful – I have such a love for Victorian/Edwardian Christmas books. When I was maybe a senior in high school, my mom started gifting me Christmas romances, all set in those eras and since then, I have loved them. The Glittering Hour was also fabulous. I read it as part of a blog tour, and it was beautiful but also a tearjerker.

Reading the Rest of the Month:

I am just posting the books that are on my nightstand lol. I have these lined up to read the rest of the month and since I probably won’t be posting at all the week of Christmas, or really after the 20th, I thought I would share them all. They all look so good! Half Spent Was the Night is a tiny little thing, so I will be done with that in no time flat. I also started the Karen White book the other day, and I am really enjoying it.

Posted Last Week:

My Almost Last Minute Outdoor Inspired Gift Guide

My Almost Last Minute Kid’s Gift Idea Guide

Book Review Shorty: Wrapped Up For Christmas

Our Week in Photos

Book Review: The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

Watching:

Christmas movies! We are also watching Shetland (season 3 blew us away!) and Virgin River.

What is happening in your world?

Book Review: The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

I loved this wonderful, beautiful, heartbreaking book! Told from multiple viewpoints, the story of Selina Lennox and the year of 1925 is spun out before us, like a strand of pools of light.

Selina is a Bright Young Thing, a frivolous, flightly, feckless party girl, who is often in the papers much to the dismay of her mother and sister, for her partying ways. Her hair is bobbed, her lipstick is red, and she runs with a fast crowd that calls the 6 pm cocktail hour the Glittering Hour.

But not many people know that inside, Selina is running from her own feelings. She lost her brother in the war, and feels such grief that the only way she knows how to deal with is by living for the both of them, enjoying and getting the most from her life. This is working for her until the fateful night she and her friends accidentally cause the death of a stray cat. Selina refuses to leave the poor thing, and meets Lawrence Weston, who helps her bury the cat.

Neither Lawrence or Selina are able to forget each other after this weird chance meeting however. And as fate would have it, their paths cross once again, launching their love affair.

When the book begins, it is 1936 and the reader hears from both Selina and her daughter Alice. Alice is living with the Grands, while her parents are away. Selina, knowing that Blackwood Park is a joyless place, has left a treasure hunt with clues for her daughter’s amusement – and to share the story of that fateful year.

I loved this book, the story, the characters, the time. It was a beautiful story, although a tearjerker to be sure! If you are a fan of historical fiction and love stories, be sure to check this book out!

I received this book from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

My Sunday-Monday Post

My Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

I finished up my Christmas shopping for all kids under 12 in my family last week! My family decided a few years ago to just buy for the kids and not really for the adults anymore so this means, I am almost done! I need just a few more things, including a few small things for my husband, as well as teachers and therapists, then I can say I am finished completely. I wanted to be done by December, but I am ok with where I ended up. This morning (Saturday as I write this) we are heading to a pottery market; my mother-in-law sells her pottery at this art show so we go to support and I usually also pick up little things for Wyatt’s team while I am there. So, hopefully I will be finished with them today! It is also my husband’s work Christmas party tonight and I am looking forward to going. It is always a good time.

Read Last Week:

I finished Wrapped Up for Christmas! It was a fun little Christmas read, chockful of Christmas spirit and happiness, perfect for this time of year. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy! Review coming up soon!

Reading This Week:

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey. I received this book as part of a blog tour and I am about halfway through. I plan on finishing and reviewing at the beginning of the week! I don’t usually post photos like this of covers from my Instagram but I had such fun with this one. My friend and I spent a morning styling this one together at her house with her collection of antiques. We had a great time and I feel like we will collaborate again!

Posted Last Week:

Hello, December

Book Review: 21st Century Yokel

Watching:

The Great British Bake Off (previous seasons again), Shetland, and then we watched Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas last night. Wyatt is also watching Scout and Daisy and the Gumboot Kids – these are such fast and quick little shows, like five minutes, and he loves the music and nature mysteries. I get ideas for projects for us to do together as well!