The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

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 magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news o...

Details The Golden Hour

TitleThe Golden Hour
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Golden Hour

  • Tammy
    Williams always writes 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 the other during WWII, the period details are rich. I preferred Elfriede’s story to Lulu’s although one hinges upon the other. Be aware that while the Bahamian ...
  • Katie B
    3.5 starsI 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 Wallis Simpson and her husband, the former king of England who gave up the throne, were going to be a characters in the story. I read a biography on her not that long ago...
  • Michelle
    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 setting of the Bahamas during WWII. I'm hesitant to pick up a traditional WWII book these days (I've read so many) and this took the topic that I love, but gave it a new spin...
  • Stephanie Nicholas
    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 matter, and the cover, but the story bored me. I wish I had better news. I look forward to seeing what others think as they read this book, as it is a new release. ...
  • Deborah
    4.5 stars. Leonora "Lulu" Randolph, a newly widowed and newly minted reporter for an American magazine, arrives in June 1941 to Nassau to write about the latest gossip of the Bahamian governor and his wife, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. On the plane she meets a mysterious Englishman, Benedict Thorpe. She ingratiates herself into Wallis and Edward's social circle and enters into a mutual arrangement with the Duchess and her New York publisher t...
  • Literary Soirée
    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 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...
  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    3.5 starsI 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 just human illusion. We imagine there's an order to things, because it's too awful to consider the randomness of fate.” The Golden Hour is historical fiction that mainly foll...
    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 throughout the story!Beatriz is really the present Queen of Historical Fiction, she can merge such a mindful plot with intriguing characters and bring us masterpieces, I've ...
  • Selena
    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. Elfriede is sent to a Swiss clinic because she is struggling with a darkness in her sole after the birth of her child, a/k/a postpartum depression. Back in the 1900's there w...
  • Tammy
    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 during the turn of the 19th century undergoing dark turmoil after giving birth (postpartum depression now); and in the 1940’s there’s Lulu a NYC writer currently ...
  • Jeanette
    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 that length for minutia detail and locale setting copy- this just didn't, IMHO- equate to a 400 plus page book that held together as one unit. It would have been better...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    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 T...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction~on hiatus))
    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 fascinated with anything to do with the very intriguing Duchess of Windsor, less so the Duke, and they are minor characters in the novel, with one of the main narratives of...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    / 5The 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 Golden Hour took me ages to read (almost 7.5 hours) and is the type of book that you definitely want to take your time with. So if you are looking for a quick read, this isn't it. But if y...
  • Rachel
    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. My other complaints are that Williams would change tenses depending on the storyline and year. I get that this was to make you feel certain things were happening at t...
  • Camille Maio
    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!
  • Babs
    The Golden Hour spans from 1900 to 1951. It includes historical moments from the Bahamas, Germany, Switzerland, United States and London/Scotland. "The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, love and courage, set against a shocking true crime and the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple." (from jacket)This book turns the pages all by itself.. or so it seems, right up until close...
  • Amy Bruestle
    I won this book in exchange for an honest review...Holy cow! Talk about a lot going on! I really enjoyed this book! I have found that I actually tend to enjoy historical fiction books way more than I think I will prior to starting the book. At least that has been the case with the last few of them that I have read anyways. This book is literally packed with relationships. I liked how it constantly made me think! I found myself closing the book ju...
  • Toni
    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 innocent bystander, aka reader, are paralyzed into flipping pages until we discover the truth, or what’s left of it, or what’s masquerading as the truth.Two wo...
  • Maine Colonial
    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 figured it was worth a try.Don’t be suckered the way I was. This is actually a sexed-up romance with some historical window dressing. I’m not a romance reader, ...
  • DeAnn
    4 fascinating historical fiction starsI 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 grand hopes of something bigger in their future. This book is a fascinating look at that time in history and I enjoyed this insider’s peek into this world.A main charac...
  • Cindy
    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 ...
  • Cait
    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 blurb? One thing I love about Williams' writing is the sort of detached, lyrical style, but my experience of this book was that it kept me quite seperate from the story. Th...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    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 time all while dealing with spies, politics, the ongoing war, and of course, a budding romance. The story jumps back to Switzerland and slowly shares the tale of Elfri...
  • Linda Quinn
    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 a...
  • Katie
    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 learned stuff!)Fulfills "Heroine Smells Like a Flower" for 2019 Ripped Bodice Bingo
  • Nicole R
    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 column about the endlessly fascinating Duke and Duchess of Windsor who have been banished to The Bahamas to serve as governor of this remote territory. Lulu quickly integr...
  • Em Wittmann
    I reviewed this with another AAR staff member. I'm giving it a B-; our conversation is here: The Golden Hour
  • BookGypsy
    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-BookGypsyNovels N Latte Book ClubHudson Valley NY