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The Golden Hour par Beatriz Williams
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The Golden Hour (original 2019; édition 2019)

par Beatriz Williams, Cassandra Campbell, Saskia Maarleveld

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Beatriz Williams, the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives, is back with another hot summer read; a dazzling epic of World War II in which a beautiful young "society reporter" is sent to the Bahamas, a haven of spies, traitors, and the infamous 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.… (plus d'informations)
Membre:Mishale1
Titre:The Golden Hour
Auteurs:Beatriz Williams
Autres auteurs:Cassandra Campbell, Saskia Maarleveld
Info:[S.I.] : HarperAudio, 2019.
Collections:Votre bibliothèque
Évaluation:****
Mots-clés:to-read

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A bit confusing at times with a twist that genuinely surprised me. This is the story of Wilfred from Scotland and Elfreide from Germany; Lulu (who deals with the former king of England a&Wallis Simpson) and (Benedict) Thorpe; and Thorpe's siblings all over the first half of the 20th Century.

This is one of those read til I fell asleep after midnight and woke up at 5am to finish type books ( )
  NixieH | Apr 24, 2021 |
I have read and enjoyed every book Beatriz Williams has written. This one kept me up until the wee hours of the night, made me shed tears, made we feel this is quite possibly her best and my new favorite, and will forever make me see the golden hour with memories of this beautiful book. Definitely a 5 star read with memorable characters and fast paced story line. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
rabck from dvg; Fabulous! Two women, who loved two Thorpe men. Wilifred, who Elfriede meets in a Switzerland infirmary garden, after she suffers post-partum depression while Wilifred has pneumonia in the early 1900s. And Lulu, a journalist in Nassau to write a "Lady of Nassau" column about the Windsor's in the 1940's, where she meets Benedict Thorpe (Wilifred's son) who is likely an Agent for the Crown. The book spends most of it's time in Nassau, where there's lots of greed, powergrabs and intrigue. Finally at the end, the two women's lives intersect, although I think the last chapter with the Windsor's wasn't needed. ( )
  nancynova | Nov 19, 2020 |
If I could give this book more than five stars, I would do so. It’s that good. It is well-written with beautiful descriptions, but not too much, and interesting characters whom I felt like I knew personally. My favorite part of the book, however, is how Beatriz Williams skillfully weaves together two seemingly parallel plot lines that ultimately crossover in a beautifully satisfying ending. Pure literary genius.

When I first read the synopsis, I assumed that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor would occupy the role of protagonists in the novel. Happily, I was wrong. While their presence is very much evident in the storyline, they are background characters who act as catalysts for setting certain events in motion. Also, by remaining in the background, they don’t overshadow the main characters like celebrities attending a school play. Lulu, Benedict, Elfriede, and Wilfred roam freely though the story in the light of their own making.

I must mention the dedication page: “To women and men everywhere who live with depression. You are loved. You are needed. The night will pass.” One of the main characters suffers from depression, and just as this dedication offers hope at the beginning of the book, Williams portrays it with a touching empathy that maintains this hopefulness through to the end of the story.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get lost in a good story. I’m thankful I won the ARC in a Goodreads giveaway, or otherwise I might not have discovered this richly satisfying and mesmerizing novel on my own. ( )
  LoriFox | Oct 24, 2020 |
Interesting historical background. ( )
  jeanbmac | Jul 28, 2020 |
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Beatriz Williams, the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives, is back with another hot summer read; a dazzling epic of World War II in which a beautiful young "society reporter" is sent to the Bahamas, a haven of spies, traitors, and the infamous 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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