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June 16, 2016

Review: The Girl from The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor

 

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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!

 

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