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The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour, July 2019
by Beatriz Williams

William Morrow
480 pages
ISBN: 0062834754
EAN: 9780062834751
Kindle: B07F15LJ69
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"A truly fantastic book!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Golden Hour
Beatriz Williams

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted July 9, 2019

Suspense Historical

One of my favorite books by Beatriz Williams is ALONG THE INFINITE SEA. Now, I have to admit that I love plenty of her books, but that one just rocked my world as I listened to the audio version. One thing one has to know is that William's books often are connected in some way or another. You can even visit Beatriz Williams' home page to get the Schuyler family tree and the books they each appear in. Anyhow the reason I mention all this is that THE GOLDEN HOUR has connections to ALONG THE INFINITE SEA. I actually had a jaw-dropping moment when I realized towards the end of the book the connection. But, enough about that. What about the story you may wonder?

In 1941 Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrived in the Bahamas to write about the new Governor there. The Governor happens to be the ex-king of Great Britain, the Duke of Windsor. And, he's there with his wife, Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. But, the closer she gets to the Duchess, the more she realizes that there is more to her than meets the eye. And, that Bahamas is not a safe place to be. There are spies around the island, racial unrest, and not to mention money swindling. But, there is also love among it all, if Lulu dares to open her heart. When the man she loves, Benedict Thorpe, disappear is it up to Lulu to travel to London to find him. And doing so we learn more about Benedict's past and his mother's tragic life.

Not only do we get a great love story between Lulu and Benedict, but we also get a truly epic love story between his mother Elfriede and Wilfred, the man she meets when she is convalescing after the birth of her son. Through the book, the stories shift between, Elfriede and Wilfred at the beginning of the 1900s to Lulu and Benedict in 1940s wartime. I loved both stories, or all three one could say since the 40s story in both told from Lulu's perspective when she arrives in Bahamas 1941 and forward, as well as in 1943 when she's in London.

THE GOLDEN HOUR is a truly great book, and I had a great joy reading it, and it was with a bit of sadness that I read the last page although it made me eager to read ALONG THE INFINITE SEA again.

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SUMMARY

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.


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