The Girl from the Savoy: A Novel by Hazel GaynorThe Girl from the Savoy: A Novel by Hazel Gaynor

The Girl from the Savoy: A Novel

byHazel Gaynor

Paperback | July 15, 2018

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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?

Hazel Gaynor's debut novel, The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. A Memory of Violets is her second novel. In addition to historical fiction, she writes a popular guest blog, Carry on Writing, for national Irish writing website She shares thoughts and experiences of t...
Title:The Girl from the Savoy: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:July 15, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062403478

ISBN - 13:9780062403476

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the storyline I am surprised at the five star ratings. It was an interesting story line but I found it very slow moving. The hints at past secrets that I wanted to find out about are what kept me going. I am glad that the ending had a little bit of a surprise and the epilogue was a nice way to bring closure but if I read that one more person thought "she was different" or "noticed something special about her"...
Date published: 2018-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Historical Fiction Read! 1920s-London-glitz-glamour-foxtrot-Charleston-Jazz Age-flappers. Wow! What an exceptional book! I enjoyed this book immensely and it was simply unputdownable! Flawless writing, great plot and amazing characters. This story is told from the POV of Dorothy (The Savoy Hotel newest chambermaid), Loretta (West End star) and Teddy, and how they crossed each other's paths, impacting their lives later on. They each has secrets to bear and past that they have to make peace with. It is a story of loss, love, hope and adventures. If you like Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, you would enjoy this book.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I just loved this book, Hazel Gaynor is such a fantastic writer she writes like she has lived it!
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming story I originally read this book as part of a book club. Personally I loved the story and thought that it was a great storyline for someone struggling to accomplish her dreams and break out of the life that she had been born into. There were definitely parts of the story line that I felt were unnecessary but overall it was a great read. Also, I like that they used an actual location so it was very easy to picture what was going on while reading the book.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book What a great book, I did not want to put it down. The author did a great job with the characters in this book and describing people and places. The book really held my interest and I learned a few new things about this time and place in history. This is the first book I have read by this author and I am intrigued to read her other books.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dazzling Historial Fiction Really enjoyed this book, the story and Dolly as a character. I think the author could write another book from the perspective of Loretta May and it would be just as wonderful, if not more so...#plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Olive Really enjoyed this! Told from to main character's perspectives, from different classes. I won't spoil the ending but the epilogue was a lovely way to end the novel
Date published: 2016-11-28

Editorial Reviews

“Hazel Gaynor’s artistry as a storyteller shimmers like satin in THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY. Evocative, transportive and redemptive, this is an enchanting gem of story.”