Monday, June 13, 2016

Harper Collins Spotlight + Review: The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor

A Novel
By Hazel Gaynor
William Morrow Paparbacks
May 31, 2016

About the Book

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?

My Thoughts:
When I first saw this cover, I had to read. Plus, the blurb was intriguing. I wasn't sure I was going to like The Girl from the Savoy. At first I struggle with the story, and I wasn't sure if I was going to finish. However, I started to get the know the characters. We watch the story unfold between Dolly, Loretta, and Teddy. While Dolly and Loretta's part are in the present, we what was going on with Teddy in the past. 

One the things that stood out to me as I read The Girl from the Savoy, heartbreaking. You don't see the heartbreak until it story starts to unfold. However, it ends with everyone finding peace with what happens to life. I did like how Dolly and Loretta grow. They manage to create an unlikely friendship. The one who had the most growth in the story would be Dolly. She starts out as ordinary forgettable Dolly to something special. 

The Girl from the Savoy is a story about a young girl who has big dreams, at the same time overcome some challenges. One of the things that stands out with this story that life never goes according to plan, and it's how you handle the changes and who's there to lift you up. One of my favorite quote from the book sums up the story the best:

“…life is as fragile as a butterfly win and we must carry it lightly. Sometimes it will sit happily in our hands, sometimes it will fly away from us, but in the end---no matter the distance or the complications in between---the things we truly care for will always come back to us.”
Copy provided by William Morrow via Edelweiss.  

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About the Author  
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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