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There are so many parallels between Dolly and Loretta. Dolly is striving to be a singer. Loretta already has made it. Both of them have been greatly affected by the war.

Although Teddy is Dolly's boyfriend, I was a bit confused by his part in the story. Dolly and Loretta have so much in common and Teddy's narrative was vastly different.

It was a bit jarring to go from Dolly or Loretta to his narrative. I loved the setting! The s in London are so exciting. I thought the author did a really good job of showing the glitz and glamour of the decade set against the shadow of war that still is affecting the characters even though the war is over.

It was interesting to see what London was like during that time period. Overall, this was a great introduction to Gaynor and I would really like to read more from her going forward.

She has a great way with creating characters and evoking a very vivid time and place! Definitely my favourite of Hazel Gaynor's novels to date, this story of two women in s London is evocative of a Downton Abbey era, albeit set for the most part in the city of London.

It might be only January, but I'm guessing I'll be remembering Dolly and Loretta and life in the Savoy long into Highly recommend.

The beginning of the novel pulled me into the story and initially I found the protagonist, Dorothy Lane likeable and sympathetic.

The Prologue shows us Dorothy, "Dolly" saying a difficult goodbye to her beau, Teddy, as he heads off to war. Subsequent chapters follow with us getting to know Dolly after the war is over, she tells us about her ambitions for a better life.

She's taken a new job as a maid at the fancy Savoy Hotel, where movie stars from Hollywood often stay. Dorothy would like to see her name in lights and keeps her eyes open for a way to achieve her dreams.

Loretta May, has already achieved Dolly's dream of becoming a famous actress and gives a glimpse into what it's like to live life as a star.

Teddy's story is narrated from the year I read a lot of fiction and I finish somewhere between seventy-five and a hundred books a year.

I don't finish every book I pick up anymore, I believe life's too short to read books for pleasure that you don't find pleasurable.

I always have high hopes for every book I pick up and start reading and I usually give books one hundred pages to win me over and if they don't, I feel I've at least given them a fair chance.

There are far too many books out there waiting to be read, for me to spend my time reading ones I don't like.

My problem with this book was that I didn't grow to like the characters, they all felt flat and two dimensional to me.

Another issue I had was much of the background for the story was repeated multiple times which stalled any forward momentum the story had. If a novel doesn't have me rooting for at least one character by the time I've waded two hundred pages into it, it seems clear to me that it's not a book I'm going to enjoy.

At the middle point I considered skipping to the end of the book to see how the story is resolved but I realized that I wasn't invested enough in the characters to even do that.

The great thing about books is that tastes and perceptions vary widely, what I like you might not and vice versa. The other reviews I read on-line were all very favorable and I'm likely to be in the minority with my less than favorable opinion, I usually am.

So, I wouldn't let my experience turn you away from this book if you've been looking forward to reading it. But as I've already said it wasn't for me.

View 1 comment. Well, this is it really, my last book of It just came in a couple of days ago, a wonderfully crafted story, accompanied by a gorgeous looking cover and a lovely tale to immerse myself into and welcome the new - really happy I had the chance to read it, it was well worth it because the prose was truly masterfully crafted.

Apr 02, Jennifer S. Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. I'm a sucker for a s book and this one is such a fun romp through London.

A maid who aspires to become a chorus girl. I love a story with a satisfying ending not necessarily the one all wrapped up in a bow and this one delivered.

View all 3 comments. May 12, Emma Crowley rated it really liked it. Why on earth did I leave it so long to read a book by Hazel Gaynor even if said book was utterly fantastic?

R but it was this third release The Girl from the Savoy which really sparked my interest and made me want to read my first Hazel Gaynor.

Thankfully I wasn't one bit disappointed and anyone else I know reading this book feels the exactly same way. The author has su Why on earth did I leave it so long to read a book by Hazel Gaynor even if said book was utterly fantastic?

The author has such an incredible way of sucking you into the story and time period that you find this book extremely hard to put down.

Yes it is quite hefty at over pages but it doesn't drag in any way as you are so absorbed in the story of the irrepressible young girl Dolly Lane with big dreams and ambitions who only wants to see herself on the stage doing what she loves best.

Although the cover for the UK edition of this book is nice for once I fell totally in love with the US cover and normally it is always the opposite way around for me.

But the cover is only one minor aspect even if it is what catches people's eyes in a bookshop it's what's inside that counts and here the plot,characters and setting jump out at you from the pages as the reader is made to feel they are transported back in time to the roaring twenties the era of The Bright Young Things.

The book is set in the early 's when the shadows of World War One still hang over the world, men and women are struggling to come to terms with all they have witnessed and endured.

It is hard to pick up the pieces after witnessing such horrors and devastation but a chink of light is appearing.

The upper classes are enjoying wild raucous parties full of dances and merriment. The theatres are full to capacity and maybe there is hope for the future.

War altered people in so many ways and now change and movement needs to happen in all aspects of life.

Women are determined to fight for their liberties and independence. As Hazel says 'The past is a vibrant colourful world in which people fell in and out of love, fought for their beliefs, faced poverty and fear about their families.

Not so very different to modern life at all'. That is is so very true but the people living in the 's would be delighted at just how far we have come in under years even if not every aspect of today's society are not all positive.

Our heroine Dolly wants to be at the centre of everything in this bright new creative world but there is alot to experience before her hopes can come true.

The prologue opens in in a Lancashire town as Dolly waves goodbye to her true love Teddy Cooper. Conscription has played a part in their forced separation and Dolly despite her optimism of believing he will be back before people knows he has gone, deep down she understands life will change but can they claw back some sense of normality once everything has been dealt with.

Fast forward 7 years later and Dolly is now in London alone and working as a maid for the upper classes which is not what she wanted for her life but needs must.

Dolly has always been put down and made to feel like she cannot achieve anything but this girl is a person of character and strength and the reader can see a spark deep within Dolly waiting to burst forth.

She is someone who knows what she wants and will achieve it not by ruthless means but through sheer hard work and determination. She will get there eventually but when faced with this comment you do wonder is it all worth it?

You will never become anything'. As Dolly is rushing for an interview in the famous Savoy hotel in London she literally bumps into Perry Clements a struggling musician returned from the war.

This chance meeting will instigate a series of events which will have a profound effect on Dolly. Dolly is accepted for the job in the Savoy and here is where the book begins to shine as the authors writing comes alive.

Her descriptive abilities make the hotel feel like a character itself and it was fascinating to read about a world where quite often only the privileged few get access too.

Viewing the hotel and the world of The Bright Young Things from Dolly's eyes was fascinating and full of such rich and interesting detail.

It has a personality all of its own. It casts a sort of spell on people the moment they walk through the door and step into the front hall'.

I can say I felt the exact same about this book as it cast a spell on me so much that I read it in two sittings and was sad to turn the last page.

The story is told from three perspectives that of Dolly, Teddy and Loretta. Teddy's chapters are heart breaking, moving and so incredibly raw and honest.

Told so simply yet everything the author wanted to convey was there and as you reach the conclusion of his storyline you find yourself letting out a sigh and realising the beauty of what Hazel had written.

That a character had never given up hope but in the end had to make an unbearable decision to move on through tears and hurt through no ones creation except external world events.

Loretta is a star at the end of a glistening career struggling with internal emotions and happenings.

Her reluctance to give in and accept the inevitable future will tear you apart but her relationship with Dolly and her goal to see a brighter future for the young girl is to be cherished and applauded.

Loretta is tormented by the past, holding in too many secrets and turning a blind eye to the inevitable.

She is a strong woman but I understood how she was reluctant to let go without making sure she had done her best with everything in the present whilst preparing for the future.

The connections between Perry, Dolly and Loretta once established flow naturally throughout the storyline and do make you believe' wonderful adventures await those who dare to find them'.

Dolly herself is comparable to Loretta not in terms of background, social standing or wealth but how she has also suffered and an event is hanging over her tearing her apart.

She needs some resolution before she can fully embrace her true destiny. Without ever stepping onto a battlefield, I too was wounded'. This story tells Dolly's journey to peace and happiness incredibly well and highlights just what a special, gifted storyteller Hazel Gaynor truly is.

She brings the past to life in such a scintillating, dazzling way that that you will be sorry to leave the characters behind.

What sets this book apart from other historical fiction that may be out there at the moment is the attention to detail and the simply sublime writing.

There were so many sentences where I felt the need to stop and take stock for a moment and normally I race through a book where as here I wanted to savour every moment.

Hazel has done impeccable research and clearly enjoyed the entire process of writing this book as the characters, plot and setting are all covered to perfection.

I found myself equally enamoured with both Dolly and the glamorous movie star Loretta May even though they are poles apart in terms of backgrounds and careers the author established how in the end we are all the same.

We have aspirations for ourselves some are achievable some or not. We have challenges and difficulties. People can sense Dolly is unique and destined for great things and so too can Loretta as she wants to harbour Dolly's talents and know that in addition to her career she has left a legacy and helped someone see their goals come true.

What I did enjoy was that yes in a way this was a rags to riches story but yet it wasn't too in your face. I wouldn't have liked it if the story became too seedy and Dolly was hurt or experienced the nasty side of the world she inhabited.

Instead it was so tastefully written and I grew to love Dolly and Loretta in equal measure even if Loretta's story pulled at the heartstrings.

Her willingness to help others and hide her own suffering was admirable to say the least. At the beginning of each chapter there was a quote which I soon came to learn would be features somewhere within the chapter, I found myself eager to see how said quote would fit in with the development of the story in that chapter and a contented smile would come to my face when I discovered how Hazel had weaved it in to the story.

I've not seen this done before and thought it was very clever. Hazel Gaynor really makes you feel like you have travelled back in time you believe in the characters and their stories that they actually did exist at the time where anything was achievable with some courage and strength.

The Girl from the Savoy will make you want to take a trip to London and stay in the Savoy and just sit there in contemplation imagining Dolly working there behind the scenes cleaning the rooms, trying on a dress or shoe belonging to a rich lady or movie star when she thought no one was looking.

I liked that Hazel went against the norm as it allowed the story to feel even more real and not every strand of a story has to conform to convention , she was going to reach the top and Loretta could see that in Dolly and wanted the best for her.

I felt it like a fluttering of wings in my heart'. This book will make you want to cut your hair into the flapper style and to throw a 's themed evening with dancing and cocktails galore.

The Girl from The Savoy proved to be an exhilarating journey into the past full of vibrancy, depth, honesty and emotion which provided an insightful view into a time of dazzling theatre shows and fascinating characters all seen through the eyes of a young woman who grows and develops wonderfully throughout the novel.

Yes we read of other characters viewpoints but it truly was Dolly who was the star of this book and the one who will remain with you for quite some time.

So if you find yourself looking for an intelligent, detailed, absorbing, brilliantly written story this summer this book is the one for you and I'm sure Hazel will earn plenty of new fans with this release me included.

I'm excited to discover what era Hazel will take us to next. Sep 14, Lilly rated it really liked it. I love that era. The color and smells are unique and will never come back.

Dolly is a maid at the Savoy Hotel and Loretta is a famous actress, daughter of an English aristocratic family. Dolly wishes to one day become an actress while Loretta wishes she was younger again and not famous, to have some peace and quiet.

They both hide a terrible secret. They both lead a quite adventurous love life. When the two women meet the story starts to unfold.

Now she has been listed and marked as one of the authors I will definitely keep following. I tend to tag authors with a personal kind of categorization.

For me, Hazel Gaynor is a time-traveler author. Her books are time machines that take you up on a journey throughout the whole 20th century.

She makes you feel the silk on the skin of your legs, the fabric on your body. You walk on the autumn leaves on the streets of London, you see the lights from the stage, as Loretta does.

You even struggle alongside Teddy to remember the most you can from his past. She will toy with her characters, making them change directions, create obstacles and block their way, only to lead them to her claws, while she whimsically smiles behind her whiskers, and -judging from the result- she should be.

And her characters pay the favor back. You even dare to give them a face for the big screen. It will not be bypassed. I secretly hope that I will have the chance to watch the movie someday.

And both Dolly and Loretta would not accept anything less. While I enjoy historical fiction quite a bit, I often skip over the ones featuring characters trying to break into show business.

Maybe because I live too close to Hollywood and stories like that are a dime a dozen. But this was Hazel Gaynor.

And sometimes a story like that actually does catch my eye like this one did, especially when it is tied to a World War or tackles a subject I am particularly interested in.

Dolly Lane has long dreamed of a life dancing on stage, and hopes taking a job at one of the most prestigious hotels in London will bring her closer to making that dream come true.

She is immediately taken in by the glamour and vitality of the environment she finds herself in, serving the wealthy, powerful and famous.

On impulse, Dolly responds to an advertisement of a songwriter looking for a muse, not quite sure what to expect.

Suddenly, she is rubbing elbows with the likes of the famous actress Loretta Mae and her brother, Perry.

They have the life she wants and aspires to, and it is impossible not to be swept up in their world. Below that surface, however, is a past Dolly cannot quite let go of: the boyfriend she loved with all her heart whose war experience has left him broken, and a her own secrets which carries and is trying to run from.

Then there is Perry and his growing affection for Dolly, which is hampered by his love for the woman who got away and his time and memories of the Great War.

He came back a different man, pained by things he had done, unable to forgive himself. Loretta Mae, too, has her own secrets—that of illness and long lost love.

There is one scene in the novel that particularly had me in tears and still gets me teary-eyed when I think about it. It is in the final scene in the hospital as Teddy regains his memories.

All these tragedies have shaped the characters into who they became, and I could not help but fall in love with each one of them, wanting for them all to have their happy endings even when that was not possible.

The stories of the minor characters are just as compelling, especially the women who work with Dolly at the Savoy. The Savoy itself is a character.

What it must have been like during that time! Dolly, Loretta Mae, and Teddy are given a voice in the novel, the chapters alternating between each of the characters, and it is through their eyes we learn about their pasts and present.

I took my time reading The Girl From the Savoy, immersing myself in the writing and the lives of the characters.

Every time I settled in to read the novel, I was immediately swept up into the world Gaynor created. It is rich in detail and complexity.

There is much more to the novel that what may at first it may appear to be on the surface. From the discussions about the war experience, something that is not glossed over, and in fact is laid bare as to its impact on those who lived through it, as well classism between the working class and the wealthy.

Gaynor does not shy away from taking on gender roles either, including entitlement of men over women, especially those with less advantage.

We see this both between maid and employer as well as in the show business realm when a person of influence has all the power to make or break dreams of a young girl.

This is also a novel about death, grieving--both life and what was or could have been--and forgiving oneself and others.

As someone who has mixed feelings about love triangles—this novel has two—I tend to base my opinion on how it all turns out in the end more often than not.

Not exactly objective, I know. I felt that in both cases the love triangles played out well and fit with the characters, although I admit to wishing things could have been a bit different for a couple of the characters.

Kudos to the author though for staying true to her characters! There was the occasional moment of things falling a little too easily into place for Dolly and at times the pacing of the novel seemed a bit slower than I might have liked.

Those are minor complaints on my part though and rather subjective. Ultimately, I found The Girl From the Savoy to be an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading more by the author.

May 16, Margaret Madden rated it it was amazing Shelves: irish-fiction , books-i-own. Two women, two very different lives. Dolly Lane is a chamber maid in The Savoy Hotel but dreams of being a stage star.

She regularly auditions, hoping to become a chorus girl but wonders if her chance will ever come.

The post-war years have not been good to her and she tries to better herself in the only way she knows how. Surrounded by glamorous opulence, she inhales the atmosphere and feels the music in her soul.

Loretta May is the star who tabloids were made for. She oozes confid s London. She oozes confidence and class and young women aspire to be just like her.

She is hiding a secret that she longs to tell but she can't find the courage to come clean. She is concerned for her composer brother, Perry, and his emotional well-being, following his return from the war.

Together they hatch a plan to find a muse who may unlock his talent. Can a maid from The Savoy be the driving force needed? The roaring twenties are the backdrop for this meticulously researched novel from New York Times bestselling author, Hazel Gaynor.

It opens with Dolly seeing her boyfriend, Teddy, off to war in and moves forward to the post-war decade, where men and women are still struggling to find their place in an ever-changing era.

Loretta is a shining star, yet behind her sharp tongue and glittering personality, lies a lonely girl with an ever-growing dependency on gin and opiates.

The two protagonists are a million worlds apart, yet both have a deep love for the stage. While Dolly is used to being in the throngs of the gallery, saving her pennies to afford the tickets to see West End shows, Loretta has been born into a comfortable life, where everything is handed up to her on a silver platter.

Under normal circumstances they would never meet, let alone become friends. Perry is the link that brings them together and music is what keeps the bond strong.

Each chapter begins with a quote from its content and these snippets are just wonderful. Loretta's words are both sharp and affirming, shedding light on who she really is.

Every girl dreams of being Loretta May, yet do they consider what is behind all the sequins and rouge? Dolly is lucky to be employed by The Savoy, as there are not many positions available for a working class girl.

As she cleans the rooms of the rich and famous, she feels vulnerable yet motivated. The hotel is a perfect place to star-spot and dream big dreams.

The author brings the reader through the plush rooms of The Savoy, with its grand lobby and luxurious dining rooms and the scent of entitlement almost wafting off the pages.

In contrast, we are shown the flip-side of the coin; servants quarters, cranky housekeeper and secret dancing on wooden floorboards after dark.

These are women you recognise. They may be from an bygone era, but their stories are still very real today. Dreaming of a better life, wanting something that money cannot buy, being in the right place and the right time Historical fiction can be hard to get right.

It requires an overwhelming need for attention to detail, massive amounts of research and a need to know when to end the tale.

This author has managed to get the balance just right. Her writing is fresh, witty and warm. Her characters are believable and endearing.

Loretta is someone who will cause many a wry grin from readers, with her fantastic array of one-liners. Her porcelain veneer hides a multitude of emotions, whereas Dolly is younger, more gullible and always on the verge of trouble.

London is a character in itself, with the smog, the trams and the fashionista draped through each chapter. Sub-plots are discreet but still hold the attention of the reader.

The Girl From The Savoy is a lot more than it seems. Yes, it is fine example of historical fiction. Yes, it is a perfect way to escape at the end of a long day.

Yes, it has magnums full of pzazz. But there is more to it than that. It examines the role of women in a difficult era. They were now released from their war-time roles of munition workers, nurses, ambulance drivers and more.

They had to surrender their independence when the fighting ceased. These women had to crawl back into their disguarded skins and muddle along.

This novel sheds some light onto their frustration, their uncertainty and their need to find a new role in life.

Musical theatre was accessible and something they could escape into, whether on stage or in the galleries. This is a novel about music, dance and dreams; post-war glamour and style; dizzying hedonism and flashing lightbulbs.

It is also the story of women; their limits, their lifestyles and their influences. The starched uniforms vs. This is escapism at its finest.

Highly Recommended. Sep 16, Literary Chanteuse rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. A fantastic read that I truly enjoyed.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Feb 12, Judy D Collins rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read-in , releases , arc-librarything , historical-fiction , hazel-gaynor , the-savoy-hotel-london , the-savoy-hotel.

Glamorous Cover. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby A young woman working as a chambermaid in a luxury historical hotel in London, dreaming of a dazzling career on stage, a chorus girl, a flapper, an actress, and beyond—from difficult choices, life altering changes, and devastating aftermath of soldiers, and the women left behind, during the war and post war.

From London stage -entertainment, allure, and glamour of the stars and the roaring s! Set in the years just after the Great War, when social boundaries were changing and women especially were fighting for greater independence.

One can be whomever one chooses to be. Adventure is their motto. Teddy was always her inspiration to be better. To strive for something far beyond her reach.

Then a brief chance meeting. An intriguing man. A composer. She is delighted to begin a new position as a maid at The Savoy Hotel London.

Where she can be surrounded by the rich and famous. A maid with ambition. An opulent hotel with an impressive guest list, Hollywood stars, privileged American heiresses, and the darlings of London society.

A place where the utmost discretion is required at all times. She will share a room with three other maids. Dolly gets a glimpse of the magic-from the dresses, shoes, glamour, and glitter of those around her.

She longs to dance on the London stage. She wants an audition. Will she ever be good enough? She was told fortune favors the brave. Nobody made it in this business by being coy and demure.

We also meet iconic star of the stage, the darling of the West End, Loretta May and her brother Perry. Dolly is now a part of this world and Loretta has everything Dolly wants and desires.

Loretta is the darling of London society. The rebellious society, dressed, photographed, and painted and written by the best names in the world.

She was the reason everyone saved their money for their wages to buy ticket to her performance, and stand for hours to get a glimpse. They swoon over the star.

With secrets of her own. Loretta and Dolly may have more in common than they may think. Dolly wonders if Teddy hears music. If he remembers how they used to love dancing.

She wonders if he thinks of her all. A butterfly. Will the butterfly spread its wings in search for adventures? Life dances on. Two men. Teddy and Perry.

When she closes her eyes, Dolly sees Perry. If only the past could be locked away in the darkness and forgotten.

With flashes and heartbreaking letters to Teddy at war from Dolly, now in a hospital. Someone reading the letters to Teddy perhaps a nurse, he thinks.

From conditions they do not understand from the war, treating with hypnosis, electric shock, and warm baths. The guns are silent and yet he is still fighting his war.

He has his memories of Dolly, if he can remember. The War, the nurse reading the letters, and the butterfly in the window.

Teddy always said she would be special. Teddy was always chasing butterflies. He never kept them. He liked to admire and let them go. A love so strong.

The highs, lows, and intensity of the time. From emotions, the damage, brokenness, friendships, shame, loss, loyalty, the aftermath of the war, romance, and aspirations and dreams of women of this era.

From dazzle, scandal, love, music, success, and glamour. All intriguing to an ordinary girl like Dolly. How does war change people and lives?

Gaynor poignantly captures the difficulties and impacts of war on the young men who survived during this time with the characters of Perry and Teddy.

The burdens of war—a part of our history and the realities of war. I liked the contrast between the different social classes, and the two women, as well as time and place.

Three distinct voices: the Teddy war, Dolly a maid, and a Loretta star. Marry a nice young chap. Leave the dancing to someone else.

I enjoyed the creative format of the novel with each chapter clearly defined by its voice and characters, and a lead in quote intro, setting the stage, broken out in Acts One Hope , Two Love and Three Adventure.

The stages of life. Many metaphors and lovely quotes. From a broken solider; shell shock psychological disturbance caused by prolonged exposure to active warfare, especially being under bombardment.

Gaynor offers vast references and additional reading regarding women and men in the s as well as a wealth of historical and insightful information, and as an added plus, an entire playlist of music from the era.

Where young girls flocked to the theater night after night, known as gallery girls. Where they watched their favorite stars perform, to forget their troubles at home.

The wanted to laugh, sing, dance, and dazzle. Music: Adore listening to music from this era with the jazz bands such as the Savoy Orpheans, the resident band at the sumptuous Savoy during the period in which the novel is set.

I love the s! As always, love reading of the "inspiration" behind the scenes. A blending of fact and fiction, infusing lost stories and forgotten voices from the past.

Gaynor breathes new life into her characters, with her imagination and powerful prose. Definitely agree with her about the hats.

Highly recommend! As mentioned previously, I am quickly becoming a fan of historical fiction, drawing me away from my typical mystery suspense thrillers.

The music from the HMF is a prime example of this era. At HMF they take the social rituals of cocktail culture as the perfect antidote to the incivility of modern life.

Reminiscent of a bygone era. Our own Savoy When stepping into room, the ambiance, the mood, takes you back: Listen to the Music It awakens your spirit, and resonates the glamour and sophistication of the exciting and dazzling 's.

Feb 09, Lissa rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , beautiful-covers , ebook , friendship , mehhhhhhh , historical-fiction , women , wwi-fiction , did-not-finish , second-chances.

Well, I made it halfway through the book and realized that I had yet to connect to either of the main characters, so I skipped to the last few chapters to see if I cared enough about the book to read about how the characters got there.

No sir, I did not. So that's the end of this book for me. The writing style itself is fine, although a little bit overly descriptive at times.

I had read two hundred pages and yet I still felt as if nothin Well, I made it halfway through the book and realized that I had yet to connect to either of the main characters, so I skipped to the last few chapters to see if I cared enough about the book to read about how the characters got there.

I had read two hundred pages and yet I still felt as if nothing of consequence had really occurred on the pages yet.

This made the story feel like it was dragging to me, and it just wasn't enjoyable for me. And they don't. They become "old friends" in the end, but that's it.

And there's precious little information about what happened in Dolly's life after she left for America. I wanted more. Readers also enjoyed. Adult Fiction.

About Hazel Gaynor. Hazel Gaynor. Hazel's forthcoming unforgettable historical novel is set in Japanese-occupied China during WW2. Hazel was selected by Library Journal as one of Ten Big Breakout Authors for and her work has been translated into fourteen languages to date.

She is co-founder of creative writing events The Inspiration Project, and lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

For more information, visit www. Books by Hazel Gaynor. She alone knows that her star cannot burn forever. The Girl from The Savoy is as sweet as a love song, as energetic as a tap dance and full of dazzling details about life in London after the disasters of the Great War.

Evocative, transportive and redemptive, this is an enchanting gem of story. This story of loss and longing and of the power of ambition and dreams to carry us forward is filled with rich period details and unforgettable characters.

The characters jumped from the pages, filling my head with heart wrenching, exquisite and extraordinary moments. These miniatures center on Nov.

Is the world ready for yet another account of this tragedy?

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In , 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.

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. 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. View all 4 comments. Hazel Gaynor is not a new author for me.

I had the privilege of reading Hush, her contribution to Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War in December and was so impressed with the piece that I made up my mind to read at least one of her full length titles during I felt protagonist Dorothy 'Dolly' Lane an intriguing young woman and I liked how her experience paralleled that of fellow narrator Loretta May.

I felt their ties a little coincidental, but when push comes to shove fiction is chock full of such twists and there was nothing overtly annoying in the connection these women shared.

The comparison to Downtown Abbey is inevitable given the time period, Goodreads reviewer Sheena Lambert actually made it in her review, but I feel the television series only emphasizes what the novel lacks.

The house is an integral part of the show and most of the drama is tied to the mansion, what it represents, and the lives lived within its walls.

In terms of pacing, I felt Gaynor spent too much time laying her groundwork. There are many inspired moments in the first two thirds of novel, but the narrative took so long to find its feet that I was bored by the time I really took interest in what was happening.

Would I recommend the novel? As usual, that answer depends on the reader. The Girl from the Savoy is an emotional piece and I think it touches on a lot of intense and deeply compelling themes, but I found it difficult to appreciate the style and tone of the narrative and offer caution to those readers who require instant gratification from their fictional experience.

Jun 06, Susan Johnson rated it it was ok Shelves: vine. I loved The Memory of Violets so I had high hopes for this one. It just didn't live up to my expectations.

It's set in the 's after WWI. A young maid, Dolly, leaves her home for London. She's going to be a star. Stop me if you've heard this story before now.

She finds a job as a maid in the famed Savoy hotel. It's quite interesting to see the hotel's operations from behind the scenes and compare it to the image presented to the worl 2.

It's quite interesting to see the hotel's operations from behind the scenes and compare it to the image presented to the world. I did find that they treated their employees well for the times.

There are several storylines that could have been developed better and would have caught my attention more.

Is it just my perception? There is an unwanted pregnancy and how it was dealt with. The ending to that story line was extremely unrealistic.

There are just too absurd coincidences that spoiled my enjoyment of the book. She meets famous people left and right by literally running into them.

And I just hated that everyone said you could Dolly was going to be someone someday. She just had that look about her. Dolly also dreamed about how silk stockings and fancy dresses would feel on her.

Apparently the maids spent a lot of time in trying on the guest's clothes. The writing is a little overblown too. Dolly remembers the famous actress' words to her, "Gin is an acquired taste, and once acquired, it is rarely lost.

Dolly stands alone. I also liked the sense of time that was captured well. Overall though, I was just disappointed.

View all 5 comments. While working as a maid and cleaning the rooms of the stars, Dolly dreams of an adventurous life on the stage. When she literally runs into Perry Clements, a musician with a famous sister, her life takes an unexpected turn.

Each of the four main characters has been impacted by the aftermath of WWI and each is harboring a secret. The author excels at period descriptions.

It is light-hearted and optimistic in tone, though it contains elements of sadness, mental and physical health issues, and ongoing recovery from the Great War.

Gaynor inserts elements that show this period as a time when the lives of women were changing dramatically from the lives of their mothers and grandmothers.

The storyline alternates among three of the four main characters, and each is told from first person perspective in present tense.

The narrative includes a long build-up to get to the point at which the main characters interact, there are a few too many convenient coincidences, and I thought the epilogue unnecessary.

It filled the bill for an entertaining and light read after a couple of intense experiences. View 2 comments.

Sep 21, Lynn rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , book-club. This is a very enjoyable, light read. Dolly Lane is a chambermaid at the celebrated Savoy Hotel in London after the Great War, but she has ambitions to be a star of the stage just like her idol, Loretta May.

Loretta seems to have everything that life could offer, except one thing. Fate brings these two women together and their lives will never be the same.

The character portrayal in this book is very well done. You really get to know each character very well, even the minor 3.

You really get to know each character very well, even the minor characters. Dolly has a "never say die" quality about her that sees her through a lot of difficulties.

Loretta seems fragile on the outside, but is made of steel on the inside, at least in terms of her willpower. The two main male characters, Teddy and Perry are fragile yet strong in their own ways.

The descriptions in this book are extraordinary. You feel the chill of the autumn winds, you hear the audience applauding, you feel the weight of the beaded dresses.

There some places where it is just beautifully written. Does this book have faults? You can see some plot twists coming well in advance.

It is very predictable in places. But it is a very light read, so I suppose this is to be expected. I wasn't looking to be challenged.

If you are looking for a fun, easy to read historical fiction, then this book is for you. I decided to listen to the audio version of this book and I'm glad to say that I spend some happy hours working and listening to The Girl from the Savoy.

I've wanted for a while to read it and I'm pleased to say that the book made the hours fly by There are two points of views in this book that of Dolly, who dreams of becoming a star on stage and Loretta May, who is a star, but whose dreams were destroyed in the war.

I found both women's stories fascinating and tragic. Both have gone through m I decided to listen to the audio version of this book and I'm glad to say that I spend some happy hours working and listening to The Girl from the Savoy.

Both have gone through much and I enjoyed their interaction when they finally met. One thing I really liked was that the blurb states that Dolly has to choose between two men, but that is to simplify the story quite a lot.

Yes, there are two men in Dolly's life, Teddy who she loved, but came home a shell of a man after the war and Perry that quite literary fell into her life.

However, this is not an ordinary triangle drama with Dolly not being able to choose between Teddy and Perry, there is so much more to the story than that, which you will discover if you read the book.

As for Loretta, she may be a star, but she is one classy woman and I really liked her. I liked that she is the one that sees potentials in Dolly.

Also, her past in the war is so heartbreaking. The Girl from the Savoy is a great novel, there are sad moments in the book, but also joyous ones. And I loved that the book did not have the tradition HEA ending.

Although I wish to know what happened to the other man in the book Four and a half stars. The book starts with a prologue set in where Dolly is watching the young man she has loved since childhood go off to war.

Will she ever see him again? Then it switches to and Dolly is off to seek employment as a maid at the Savoy Hotel. But Dolly also has dreams. Dreams of being on the stage.

Will her dream ever be realised? Perry is a struggling composer looking for his next hit and despairing of ever being Four and a half stars.

Perry is a struggling composer looking for his next hit and despairing of ever being able to write anything worthwhile again. Loretta May is a huge star of the theatre who attracts attention wherever she goes.

Both Dolly and Loretta May have secrets that weigh them down and sadness that haunts them. The less said about them the better.

Not because they are not good or relevant but better to read them without knowing too much about Teddy. Will Dolly achieve her dreams?

Will she ever be able to put the past behind her? Will Loretta May be able to divulge her secret and what affect will it have on those who love and admire her?

I loved this story from the first page to the last. This is a charming story firmly centred around the First World War and the years that followed.

I loved all the details about the theatre and music of the times that comes through. I really liked all the main characters and disliked those I was meant to dislike.

I have read two other books by this author and loved both, which is why I felt sure this would be no different. I was not disappointed.

An entertaining read with just a slight fanciful feel, it was not without moments that tugged at the emotions.

And yes, I admit to a few tears as well as many happy moments. A great chance of pace and feel from my previous book, this was a delight to read.

Highly recommend to anyone who likes and engaging historical tale with plenty of heart. A jpy to read particularly in the current pandemic situation.

View all 8 comments. Sep 26, Donna rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction. This is the second novel I've read by this author.

This one also is in that same ballpark. The author does a wonderful job in describing English living in the given eras in both books.

This one takes place after WWI. The story was pleasant in a neat and tidy way. But overall, it was a little too unbelievable and there were quite a few coincidences.

It was just too perfect and too pretty. It lacked tension and This is the second novel I've read by this author. It lacked tension and therefore, didn't have a real pull for me.

There were many opportunities for contrast but instead, everything was kept nice and glossy and had no grit. Some passages were quite beautiful.

The author must have thought so too because she reused the exact words again, even when it was from different POVs.

I don't know how entirely different characters could use the exact phrases, word for word, as the others,especially when they were just thoughts.

Overall, this was a sweet story. So 2 or 3 stars I really enjoyed this book There were parts that were too descriptive but for the most part I liked the book and that didn't bother me much.

However, I felt the ending was very sad and disappointing. What the author did to Dolly and Teddy was totally unnecessary. After everything they'd gone through, they deserved the happiness of one another.

The author wrote it as if they were all ok and fine, but I wasn't at all. So, that's my upset. It's a good book if you consider how emoti I really enjoyed this book It's a good book if you consider how emotionally involved I was to get so upset about the end.

It's not that I think the author wrote a bad book, but I strenuously object to that ending, thus my lower rating.

View all 6 comments. Jun 05, Cheryl rated it it was amazing. I read The Girl Who Came Home and really thoroughly enjoyed it, however this book I could not stop reading from this author.

I kept seeing this one make its way around the web a lot of times and each time I wanted to read it that much more. I finally got the chance to read this book.

It far exceeded my expectations. I was instantly transported into the 's, the Savoy Hotel, and the grueling world of Broadway productions.

Until some books where one or two main character's voices are strong, in I read The Girl Who Came Home and really thoroughly enjoyed it, however this book I could not stop reading from this author.

Until some books where one or two main character's voices are strong, in this book I loved all of the voices from Dolly, Loretta, Teddy, and Perry.

Each one had a story to tell that was lovely. The Girl from the Savoy is a must read. May 06, Adrienne rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction.

Absolutely delightful. A wonderful escapist read: set largely within London's Savoy around and after WW1. Beautifully written and unputdownable. View all 9 comments.

Jun 15, KathyAnne rated it it was amazing. Sometimes she is a butterfly. And, always, always she is surrounded by hope and love and adventure. A story of loss, love, hope and adventures.

Of letting go and moving forward and chasing your dreams no matter how out of reach they may be. I loved the imagery of the butterfly throughout.

I am quite fond of the butterfly and all that it represents so this story truly wrapped around my heart from page one and didn't let g "Sometimes she is a Daffodil.

I am quite fond of the butterfly and all that it represents so this story truly wrapped around my heart from page one and didn't let go. It is told from the POV of three people Dolly, Teddy and Loretta.

It is a moving story that takes you on a journey of slowly discovering the fate of the characters as they all face a future that was forever changed by war.

They all dealt with loss very differently but it forever changed them and altered the path of their lives. The amazing web of details that are slowly revealed as the story progresses comes together beautifully in the end and left me feeling warm and happy.

There are some truly powerful scenes throughout this book that brought on a few tears. I loved Dolly and her desire to follow her dreams and her adventures.

Her love for Teddy, her desire to be something more. Spread your wings and soar. I have a total book hangover from reading this non-stop since I started it yesterday afternoon.

Each page offered it's own poetry on life and how precious and valuable it is. My favorite line in the book: "It's curious Miss Lane, how things are often at their most beautiful when they are at the end of their life.

Shooting stars, autumn leaves. Nobody notices the leaves when they're all green and lush in the summer-only when they turn crimson and golden in the autumn.

Perhaps we all become more colorful, more fascinating as we reach our autumn months. Life becomes more visible and more beautiful when we find that there is less of it ahead of us.

We begin to notice the things that matter the most. Our most valuable possessions are suddenly quite visible and treasured. A wonderful story that will stay with me for a long time.

Book Babblers When I find out that a book is set in s London, I'm the first in the queue to read it. The 20s is one of my favourite eras to read about, and London thrills me,always.

The short prologue is set in Lancashire in and Dolly is at the station, waving her sweetheart Teddy off to war. Teddy is convinced that he will be home safely in no time, and that he and Dolly will marry and live happily ever after.

Dolly is not so sure, she has a feeling that things will not turn out like that. Fast forwar When I find out that a book is set in s London, I'm the first in the queue to read it.

Fast forward seven years and the reader finds Dolly in London, alone. She's been working as a housemaid but has secured herself a job at the Savoy;one of London's very best hotels.

She's late, it's raining and she collides with a young gentleman. Perry Clements. There's a definite spark between them despite their different circumstances.

They part company, not realising that this chance encounter is only the beginning of their story. The reader accompanies Dolly as she begins her job at the Savoy.

Hazel Gaynor has an incredible eye for detail and her description of the luxury and grandeur of this iconic place are really excellent.

Dolly is mesmerised by the beauty and style, not just of the building, but of the guests and visitors that she encounters. Dolly is a 'gallery girl'.

She dreams of fame and celebrity, and wants nothing more than to be on the stage. She spends her saved pennies for the cheap seats at the theatre, along with lots of other working class girls who were recovering from the horrors of war and wanted glitz and glamour.

The Girl from the Savoy is Dolly's story of survival. It is also Loretta's story. Loretta is already a star, but fading, she's also Perry Clements' sister and these three characters come together and create this wonderfully detailed story of life in the theatre.

Also, interwoven throughout, is the voice of Teddy, Dolly's sweetheart. His story is heartbreaking and raw, exposing the true horror of the trenches and the after-effects for some of the men and boys who fought so bravely for their country.

The story flows so well and the characters are so interesting that the pages just fly by so quickly. Jul 01, Amy rated it really liked it.

This one hit all the high notes for me. I just loved it. Something about it. The Girl from The Savoy is as sweet as a love song, as energetic as a tap dance and full of dazzling details about life in London after the disasters of the Great War.

Evocative, transportive and redemptive, this is an enchanting gem of story. This story of loss and longing and of the power of ambition and dreams to carry us forward is filled with rich period details and unforgettable characters.

The characters jumped from the pages, filling my head with heart wrenching, exquisite and extraordinary moments.

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