June 16, 2016

Review: The Girl from The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor


Review:  The Girl from The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor

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 by Hazel Gaynor
Published by: William Morrow  on June 7, 2016


This title was provided to us by the Publisher/Author. We were in no way compensated for our review(s).


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MaryAnn-2015The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor is a story about chasing your dreams while dealing with the past.

The story is told in various point of views ranging from a soldier recovering from the horrors of the war to a starlet who keeps a dark secret within her and who decides to make a hotel maid into her protégé.

The way in which author Hazel Gaynor tells the story easily puts the reader into the story. I could see the story play out in my mind like an old time movie. In fact, I think it would be great if this movie DID become a movie. The characters all have their own personalities, and readers will easily find one that they can relate more too.

What I really enjoyed was the perseverance and determination that main character, Dolly Lane, had pretty much throughout the whole movie. Regardless of what roadblocks life put in front of her, Dolly was able to push through and be true to herself. I understand that she has stars in her eyes, but there some things that she did that really had me scratching my head. Like, if you knew there was a remote possibility that you would get busted for doing something, then why on earth would you even do it! And the shoes went on so easily!! Why was it so difficult to try and take them off? Oh the questions that go on in my mind.

I adored the part where the nurse would read Teddy the letters he had from Dolly while he was in the war. There were parts that were so touching that it did, in fact, bring a tear to my eye. And the little twist that plays out was heartbreaking! Ughhhhh I loved it.

The author did a fantastic job of portraying the PTSD that these soldiers had after the war…how a lot of the men were just mere shells of the men they used to be. We witness breakdowns and shellshock, and hear about the violence that some have. She also does a great job of showing how the women who also volunteered their time during the war suffered.

What really threw me for a loop was why Loretta May, who is the most loved starlet at the time, decides to take Dolly under her wing and turn her into a mini-her. I understand that a lot of it had to do with her brother Perry and helping him get back into his music and what not, but the extent that she goes into turning Dolly into a “somebody” was something I didn’t understand…maybe I missed something.

Also, I was righteously annoyed with the whole Teddy, Perry, Dolly, Bea thing. And then the whole Dolly / Teddy thing? Argh! I wanted to love this book and there were times where I just couldn’t tear my eyes away! But I guess because I love my stories a certain way, The Girl from the Savoy didn’t satiate me as much as I hoped it would.

That’s not to say that you won’t enjoy it. I truly hope you do! I know I did, and it’s just my reading preference that I didn’t fall madly in love with the entire read. Fans of stories where characters break free from a darkened past will love The Girl from the Savoy. If you’re looking for an old-timey type historical romance, look no further!


About Hazel Gaynor

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 Hazel has interviewed Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Kate Mosse, Jojo Moyes and Cheryl Strayed, among others.


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