Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published: June 2016
“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?” – GoodReads
I requested this book from the publisher and they amazingly wrote me back and let me read an eARC of it, as it came out yesterday on June 7. This was one of my most anticipated books for 2016 and is currently one of my favourite things that I have read this year! I can’t believe that I am so lucky to have read two five star books in a row!I will literally read anything Hazel Gaynor has written since she is my favourite historical fiction author!
The main characters in this book are Loretta, Dolly, and Teddy. One of the reasons I love Hazel’s writing is because it is so slow and beautifully lyrical. This book was told from the perspectives of all three characters, which is really hard to write well, but Hazel does it perfectly. The character development in this book is unreal! Hazel Gaynor is my favourite Historical Fiction author ever!
The reason I rated this book as five stars is because there were just so many story lines and plot twists and just so many amazing things that happened and they were all written in the best way possible. All the things that happened, especially to Dolly, were incredibly jaw – dropping and I loved the ending of this book more than life.
Dolly is a docile, but outgoing character that has so much drive and perseverance it is almost unreal. She is such a strong character who has been through so much but still finds the best in the world and still has hopes and dreams. She is the character that has the most growth and her ending was so amazing. She was definitely my favourite character!
Loretta is the other female main character in this book. She is such a great character and has so much spunk. She also has another, sadder side to her that is incredibly stark in contrast. The author could show the two sides of Loretta, but still made them seem one in the same. I love the aspect that Loretta’s theatre shows added to this book! They were so much fun to read!
Teddy is not in a lot of the book, but he still counts as one of the main characters because some of the chapters are told in his perspective. While most of the parts are told in 1924, Teddy’s parts are told in 1919. They were very mysterious until almost the very end when we finally found out something that made the whole story very clear and a lot more intriguing if that is even possible. Teddy is a romantic interest in this novel.
The characters get ★★★★★ stars!
The plot was so amazing and had really beautiful imagery and just some of her comparisons were the most gorgeous things on earth. The characters were wonderful and flawed and sad and just absolutely amazing. Some things that had happened to Dolly made me super sad, but at the same time, she just had so much hope. Hazel just has a way of writing that is so real even though the things that happened take place in the past. My favourite scene was probably ones with Dolly and Loretta’s brother, Peregrine, when they went to a party or even one of the scenes at The Savoy or probably my favourite scene was the whole book. The plot gets ★★★★★ stars as well!
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