The Golden Hour PDF Book by Beatriz Williams PDF ePub

The Golden Hour

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3.98717 votes • 184 reviews
Published 09 Jul 2019
The Golden Hour.pdf
Format Hardcover
Pages480
Edition8
Publisher William Morrow
ISBN 0062834754
ISBN139780062834751
Languageeng



The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires?
Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love.
Then Nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.
The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human love, and human courage, set against a shocking true crime . . . and the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple.

The Golden Hour Reviews

Cindy
- Naperville, IL
4
Mon, 11 Mar 2019

3.5 stars. It took me well over 150 pages to get into this story. That being said I did enjoy this book. Because of the dual timelines, though, I really needed to focus and not let my mind wander. The story is about love and war and the struggle to go on against all odds. The two main characters, Lulu and Elfriede, were complicated women with complicated lives. I enjoyed Elfriede’s story more. Beatriz Williams is a beautiful writer who gave me a history lesson on the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and an unsolved murder. I may boost this book up to 4 stars.

Literary
- The United States
5
Fri, 14 Jun 2019

Oh how I adore this author, her gorgeous writing, compulsively readable plots, stunning covers, and I wondered, “Can she do it again?” Indeed she can and she did with THE GOLDEN HOUR, set inventively in Nassau, WWII intrigue swirling ‘round the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, multilayered plot lines also weaving in the War to End All Wars. Plus this stunning publisher’s note, best I’ve ever read, whose writer must write his or her own novel!
“The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
“The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in the Bahamas to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires?
“Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love.
“Then Nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.
“The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human love, and human courage, set against a shocking true crime . . . and the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple.”
5/5 for the entrancing book and the pub note!
Pub Date 09 Jul 2019.
Thanks to the author, HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.
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Linda
4
Thu, 31 Jan 2019

No one weaves historical fiction with threads of truth like Beatriz Williams and The Golden Hour is another fine example of this. Set mostly in Nassau, Bahamas during World War 2 this story is chock full of intrigue, espionage, questions of loyalty and the very real Duke and Duchess of Windsor who were governor and First Lady during those years. Included as a counterpoint is the story of one man and woman, one generation back, caught up in love and their own wartime hardships leading up to and including World War 1.

Christina
- Havertown, PA
4
Wed, 29 May 2019

Wow! I loved this novel. It was so atmospheric and the setting of Bahamas was just jumping right off the page. The two different plot lines were equally interesting, but at times in the beginning, I was getting some of the characters confused especially when I realized their stories intertwine. I really needed a family tree of some sort! Nonetheless, it was fantastic and it felt like I was watching one of my favorite classic movies -- very cinematic! It featured everything I could want in a historical beach read-- romance, espionage, war, lots of cigarettes, and cocktails. Plus, the Windsors! Full review to come!

Carrie
5
Mon, 31 Dec 2018

This might be my favorite of Beatriz Williams' novels. I loved all of the characters and was so absorbed in the plot. Some of it is told out of time order, and I am usually skeptical of that. If the story isn't interesting when told in time order, I think the storyteller is using a crutch to tell a weak story. I think this story would be just as engaging if told in time order. I love it!