Review: The Glorious Guinness Girls


From London to Ireland during the 1920s, this glorious, gripping, and richly textured story takes us to the heart of the remarkable real-life story of the Guinness Girls—perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia.

Descendants of the founder of the Guinness beer empire, they were the toast of 1920s high society, darlings of the press, with not a care in the world. But Felicity knows better. Sent to live with them as a child because her mother could no longer care for her, she grows up as the sisters’ companion. Both an outsider and a part of the family, she witnesses the complex lives upstairs and downstairs, sees the compromises and sacrifices beneath the glamorous surface. Then, at a party one summer’s evening, something happens that sends shock waves through the entire household.

Inspired by a remarkable true story and fascinating real events, The Glorious Guinness Girls is an unforgettable novel about the haves and have-nots, one that will make you ask if where you find yourself is where you truly belong.

Rating: 3.5-stars


The Glorious Guinness Girls by Emily Hourican is a great 1920’s vibe for a historical read. It features many women some who are sisters. The sisters are interesting characters. Each one has a vibrant personality that makes the book come alive. Emily Hourican has done an amazing job in transporting me into her fictional world of the descendants of the Guiness Beer empire. It was quite a read. The pacing though is a bit tough to get through and the plot did not have as much depth to it as I would have liked. Other than that, it was an entertaining read about family and friends during the 1920’s. The secrets and glamourous lifestyles they lived were entertaining.

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