The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

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 magazin The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World Wa...

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Title:The Golden Hour
Author:Beatriz Williams
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0062834754
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

The Golden Hour Reviews

  • Cindy
    Jun 29, 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 ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Jul 04, 2019
    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 anoth...
  • Katie
    Aug 03, 2019
    Mostly I was just bored??? Neither love story really did anything for me, which is a problem when they're supposed to especially epic. Also, I definitely expected the Windsors to be a much bigger part of this. (On the other hand, basically all I knew about them was the abdication, so I...
  • Selena
    Sep 15, 2019
    I received a free e-copy of The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams from NetGalley for my honest review. This is the first book I have ever read by Beatriz Williams, and I was not disappointed. This book follows two women, decades apart,and then slowly their stories come together. El...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Jun 30, 2019
    Lulu, a young widow, is on the gorgeous island of the Bahamas working for an American magazine. The British Royal family is all the rage in the 1940s, especially Edward VIII and the woman he left the crown for--Wallis Simpson. Lulu infiltrates their social circle one socialite at a tim...
  • Sally
    Aug 26, 2019
    A quick and fun read. I enjoyed it very much. The book has such interesting personalities and it is placed in such an unique time in history. While reading it you could feel as if you were there. I remember my parents telling me about when they took an ocean liner to Europe in 1960 ...
  • Maine Colonial
    Aug 14, 2019
    What a ridiculous book. The description says this is an ?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.? I enjoy a tale of espionage and WW2-related history, so I ...
  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    Jun 15, 2019
    3.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ?Was yours ever hit?? ?No. Not a scratch. I suppose even bombs have a sense of irony.? ?Not really,? I say. ?That's ...
  • Camille Maio
    Mar 11, 2019
    Beatriz Williams is always a go-to favorite of mine and this one did not disappoint! Spanning several eras of a family, I found each narrative equally intriguing. I'll be eagerly awaiting her next one! ...
  • Em Wittmann
    Jan 28, 2019
    Well, this will be tough. It?s a great story, but I struggled to finish it. The POV changes, the flashbacks, the large cast of characters, the historical detail...the insane amount of cigarettes smoked... AAR review to come. ...
  • DeAnn
    Jun 30, 2019
    4 fascinating historical fiction stars I must say that I had no idea what happened to the former King Edward when he abdicated from the throne to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson. Turns out the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were sent to the Bahamas for Edward to serve as Governor with gr...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    Jul 13, 2019
    ???? / 5 The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams is one of those books that takes a long time to read, but one that you want to savor forever. What it's about: I recommend reading the synopsis because it is too hard for me to explain this book in just a few sentences! The...
  • Michelle
    Jul 28, 2019
    4 .5 Stars! The Golden Hour is my first Beatriz Williams read and it will not be my last. I've always been interested in her books, but for some reason or another I never took the plunge until now. The draw for me was the Duke and Duchess of Windsor being cast, along with the settin...
  • Cait
    Jul 12, 2019
    3.5 stars. This was perhaps not my favourite of Beatriz Williams' books. For one, I think too much of the plot threads came together at the end (like, from 87% on the kindle edition, with not enough foreplanning), and for another... I don't know that this book fully matches the blur...
  • Rachel
    May 29, 2019
    I received and ARC of The Golden Hour from Goodreads. Okay, 2.5 stars. This book was really, really slow to start. In fact, I would say I didn?t actually become interested in all of the storylines until 3/4s the way through. The only thing that kept me going was Elfriede?s story...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    Jun 27, 2019
    The Golden Hour is the first book I?ve read that?s written just by Beatriz Williams although I?ve read her books co-authored with Karen White and Lauren Willig and loved them, which is one of the reasons I really wanted to read this one. The other reason is because I?m fascinat...
  • Tammy
    Jul 07, 2019
    4.5 ? This is my third book and favorite so far of Beatriz Williams!! I loved the historical settings of WWl and WWll, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor with their quite interesting and highly decadent lifestyle, and it?s two main characters that alternated between Elfriede...
  • Nicole R
    Jul 01, 2019
    This is my favorite Beatriz Williams book in a while, but I still have my one same, lingering complaint. But, first, the good stuff. Lulu arrives in Nassau in 1942. She is a writer and aspires to write about important events around the world, but for now she is writing a gossip col...
  • Jeanette
    Jul 24, 2019
    This is actually 2 separate books, IMHO. And the "eyes" of both time periods, earliest years of the 1900's and 1941-43 primarily (those two) are from two different female protagonists. It has character development to a full 4 star, but plot lines pulled the whole rating down. With ...
  • Linda Quinn
    Feb 03, 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...
  • Tracy
    Sep 05, 2019
    A unique story! I've never read about the infamous Wallis Simpson before, not in a novel. So, this was fun. I enjoyed the story and was very satisfied with the ending! ...
  • Toni
    Jul 08, 2019
    The perfect blend of fact and fiction sprinkled with intrigue, espionage and royalty make Beatriz Williams the ?Queen of Historical Fiction.? Her latest novel, ?The Golden Hour,? drips with all the aforementioned qualities plus sensational characters, real and imagined. We, the...
  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    Jan 31, 2019
    4.5 stars! WOW! The Golden Hour is not a read you're going to want to miss. I found that the book started a bit slow and disorienting, but by the time I reached the end I was flipping back wishing it had more pages. This book continues all of the things that we fans love from Beatri...
  • Book of the Month
    May 31, 2019
    Why I love it by Susan Meissner It takes a truly gifted novelist to seamlessly weave together what appear to be separate storylines into one fantastic tale, and lucky for me, and you, and book-lovers everywhere, Beatriz Williams is that kind of writer. Her talent for creating dovet...
  • Katie B
    Aug 18, 2019
    3.5 stars I had read and enjoyed a book by this author awhile back and when I saw the gorgeous cover for this one, I immediately put it on my to be read list without even bothering to look at the synopsis. When I started reading this historical fiction book I was excited to learn Wa...
  • Tammy
    Jun 27, 2019
    Williams always write solid commercial historical fiction and this is not an exception. It?s a bit slow to start and I became weary of ?Believe me? and ?Let me tell you? but mercifully those particular repetitions tapered off. Consisting of two timelines, one during WWI and t...
  • BookGypsy
    Jul 09, 2019
    Another historical drama to treasure. The Bahamas 1941, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Spies, espionage,traitors, murder and secrets. As a fan of BW this wasn't my favorite from her. This was a slow read but in the end a great story and I enjoyed it. A good book club book. Dawnny-...
  • Travel.with.a.book
    Aug 09, 2019
    The Golden Hour is our favourite novel from Beatriz and one of our most favourite read of the Year, she is really professional and an amazing writer, the way that she crafts the different times is fascinating and the topics elaborated within the book will keep you in suspense throughou...
  • Literary Soirée
    Jun 13, 2019
    DID IT AGAIN! 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 ...
  • Stephanie Nicholas
    Aug 21, 2019
    Wish I could give this a stellar review. I really, honestly do. I simply could not get into this writer's voice, and the way she tried so very hard to be more intimate with the reader than was appropriate for this story. It was just not the book for me. I fell in love with the subject ...