THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY
By Hazel Gaynor
William Morrow Paparbacks
May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9780062403476; $15.99
E-ISBN 9780062403483 * $10.99
About the Book
Presenting a dazzling new historical novel … The Girl From The Savoy is as sparkling as champagne and as thrilling as the era itself.
‘Sometimes life gives you cotton stockings. Sometimes it gives you a Chanel gown …’
Dolly Lane is a dreamer; a downtrodden maid who longs to dance on the London stage, but her life has been fractured by the Great War. Memories of the soldier she loved, of secret shame and profound loss, by turns pull her back and spur her on to make a better life.
When she finds employment as a chambermaid at London’s grandest hotel, The Savoy, Dolly takes a step closer to the glittering lives of the Bright Young Things who thrive on champagne, jazz and rebellion. Right now, she must exist on the fringes of power, wealth and glamor—she must remain invisible and unimportant.
But her fortunes take an unexpected turn when she responds to a struggling songwriter’s advertisement for a ‘muse’ and finds herself thrust into London’s exhilarating theatre scene and into the lives of celebrated actress, Loretta May, and her brother, Perry. Loretta and Perry may have the life Dolly aspires to, but they too are searching for something.
Now, at the precipice of the life she has and the one she longs for, the girl from The Savoy must make difficult choices: between two men; between two classes, between everything she knows and everything she dreams of. A brighter future is tantalizingly close—but can a girl like Dolly ever truly leave her past behind?
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THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY – HARPERCOLLINS
I absolutely fell in love with The Girl from The Savoy. This story takes place in the early 1920s, but it does reach to 1974 with the epilogue as it follows the lives of these three beautiful characters. Readers get three points of view: Dolly, Loretta May and Teddy. We get to see their hopes, dreams and heart-rending loss of their lives during this time—the time of World War I or The Great War—of boys who before this war were fun-loving with dreams of marriage to girls they loved, only to come back as broken men with no dreams…if they came back at all. It was the women that had to hold on to the dreams without the men they loved.
It's 1916 and Dolly's heart is breaking as she says her goodbye to Teddy when he’s called to war. Teddy promises to come back to her, along with promises of marriage, of children, of a life with him… Teddy’s the boy who’s been Dolly's best friend and the love of her life since she was eight years old.
In 1923, after the war, and like any time after a war, it's time to start a new beginning. And the theater, ragtime, jazz, and all the glamour of a life as an actress and the gallery girls is what Dolly has dreamed about. When she gets a maid position at the Savoy hotel, Dolly sees her chance at her dreams to finally becoming real.
Loretta is an actress of the stage. She’s also a disgrace to her father who is an earl. Loretta rebelled against her parents’ way of life and the life she was supposed to live as a respectable daughter of an earl.
We see both Dolly and Loretta’s struggles. One who is striving to become an actress and the other whose days on the stage as an actress coming to an end and the brokenness for the men they loved that war has cause. And the struggling musical composer Perry, that becomes the thread that entwines their lives together.
The Girl From The Savoy is an amazing story, and I know I didn't give you insight about Teddy, but I feel like it's more meaningful for you to discover his part in this beautiful story for yourself. The ending of this novel left me a blubbering mess of tears. These two amazing ladies’ story was not what I expected by the end, with the man they love. But it's an ending that both broke my heart and made me swoon for Dolly and Loretta. You don't want to miss out on the emotional depth of Dolly and Loretta's story. I highly recommend as a must, must read.
5 Hearts of Love for Dolly, Loretta & Teddy
About the Author
Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A MEMORY OF VIOLETS and THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. She was selected by US Library Journal as one of ‘Ten Big Breakout Authors’ for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Hazel is a contributing author to WWI anthology FALL OF POPPIES: Stories of Love and the Great War. As features writer for national Irish writing website writing.ie Hazel has interviewed Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Kate Mosse, Jojo Moyes and Cheryl Strayed, among others.
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