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Review: The Velvet Hours

October 25, 2016


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.

Review copy provided by Tandem Literary. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2016 7:05 am

    I love this time period, as well as beautiful writing. Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve never read anything by this author.

  2. October 25, 2016 7:21 am

    I loved an earlier book by this author, so am adding this to my list. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. October 25, 2016 8:38 am

    I have been curious about this one. Glad you liked it!

  4. October 25, 2016 9:04 am

    Oh yes, this one’s for me! I love beautiful writing, historical fiction and World War II stories. And so far I’ve read only great reviews for this book.

  5. October 25, 2016 9:34 am

    I was just talking to somebody last night about WWII stories that take place in France. This one looks intriguing. And I’ve never read Alyson Richman. I might have to give it a try.

  6. October 25, 2016 9:42 am

    I have this one on my Kindle and can’t wait to get to it! I’ve enjoyed all of Richman’s novels I’ve read so far.

  7. October 25, 2016 10:55 am

    Happy you enjoyed it.

  8. October 25, 2016 11:34 am

    I don’t read a whole lot of Historical Fiction but the descriptive language make sthis sound like one worth adding to my wishlist!

  9. October 25, 2016 11:38 am

    You’ve sold me! I don’t read many historical books, either, but have loved books from the WWII era…and even the 20s.

    I guess the Twentieth Century forward works for me.

    I love the sound of that setting….thanks for sharing!

  10. October 25, 2016 12:22 pm

    Kathy, I’ve been interested in this book, so I’m glad you loved reading it. Wonderful review!

  11. October 25, 2016 12:28 pm

    I loved it too and it was the first of Alyson Richman’s books for me. Can’t wait to read more. This will definitely be one of my favorites of 2016.

  12. Patty permalink
    October 25, 2016 3:47 pm

    It sounds lovely.

  13. October 25, 2016 4:00 pm

    I initially overlooked this book but then remembers that Richman also wrote The Lost Wife which I LOVED! On to the wish list it goes 🙂

  14. October 25, 2016 9:05 pm

    I don’t read a lot of historical fiction either but I trust your opinion on this one.

  15. October 26, 2016 8:12 am

    I love the actual portrait – so beautiful!

  16. October 26, 2016 10:38 am

    This one looks like a great one for my book group. They love historical fiction!

  17. October 26, 2016 12:36 pm

    This sounds good. I like the time period and, well, who doesn’t like Paris.

  18. October 26, 2016 4:20 pm

    My question is why is this one still languishing on my Kindle unread?!

  19. November 1, 2016 6:26 am

    This sounds wonderful. Adding it to my TBR list.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    November 1, 2016 7:00 am

    I thought this one was really special.

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