Review: The Velvet Hours
Solange is getting to know her paternal grandmother – a grandmother she didn’t even know she had until she was nineteen years old – as the world is on the brink of World War II. She discovers a woman who came from poverty and created a life of beauty for herself.
I wasn’t sure THE VELVET HOURS by Alyson Richman would be my kind of book since it’s historical fiction but it’s set in Paris during World War II so I decided to give it a try and, boy, am I glad I did! Solange is anxious to get to know the grandmother she met just a few years ago and her grandmother is more than happy to tell her story, and it is quite the story. She owns some gorgeous pearls, lives in an apartment filled with beautiful things, and had her portrait painted by Boldini.
Solange is grieving the death of her mother, worried about her conscripted father, and has recently met a young man and just may be falling in love with him. Her grandmother’s wisdom and guidance help her through this difficult period of her life.
There’s so much to love about THE VELVET HOURS. First, and foremost, is Richman’s wonderful writing. It was easy to get lost in her words and her beautifully descriptive language made the story come to life for me. I also loved the time period and the fact that this was a different kind of World War II story. One other thing that stood out for me was the fact that the story was inspired by a real abandoned Paris apartment. Pick this book up if you love beautiful writing, historical fiction and/or World War II stories.