The Golden Hour
by Jacquie Bloese
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Pub Date 22 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 22 Feb 2024
From the author of Richard & Judy pick THE FRENCH HOUSE
At the golden hour, hidden truths and desires come to light . . .
In the genteel squares of late-Victorian Brighton, Ellen and Reynold Harper - twins, companions, colleagues - ply their trade as portrait photographers.
But at the golden hour, the models arrive to pose for the lucrative - and illicit - photographs that really keep the Harpers' business afloat. This is the other, shadowy world of the city: a world of erotic tableaux, boundary-crossing music hall performers, and the sinister figure of the local gangster, the Croc.
When Ellen is drawn into the orbit of unhappy newly-wed Clementine, she finds herself torn between loyalty to her brother, her dangerous attraction to new model, Lily, and her burgeoning friendship with Clem. And as the two worlds of Brighton collide, the three women discover that there is only a knife edge between the promise of freedom, and the threat of ruin . . .
Atmospheric, sensual and powerfully moving, The Golden Hour is a spellbinding portrait of three women determined to find their freedom - perfect for fans of Sarah Waters, The Doll Factory and The Essex Serpent.
**Jacquie Bloese's stunning debut, The French House, is available in paperback and eBook now**
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Average rating from 23 members
I loved everything about this book. The storyline grips you from the start and the characters are very strong. It is very well written and I'd love to read more by this writer. Highly recommended.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end, It was really hard to put down I was so caught up with the story. I loved the characters particularly the twins Ellen and Reynold, Clementine and young Lily. The setting in Victorian seaside Brighton was very atmospheric and almost sinister at times. It was dreadful reading about Clementine being sectioned by her dreadful husband. A story of love and true friendship and Ellen realising that she had a true friend right in front of her. Wonderful read.