Friday, 17 June 2016

Book tour: The Girl from the Savoy - Hazel Gaynor


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 opinion.
'Glamorous' is the word that keeps coming back when I think about describing this book. Both the cover and the characters and the amazing old-London locations have that wonderful glitz and glamour, red lipstick and champagne -magic to them.
Hazel Gaynor didn't just write an historical novel. She transports her readers to this jazzy era full of contradictions between classes, the past, present and future. 
The detailed descriptions of the wealth and luxury, as well as the "downstairs" lives had me transfixed. 
I loved piecing together these characters' stories by the snippets of information they gave about their past, although the end result wasn't what I expected - wonderfully surprising.
The beautiful yet stark contrast between the horrors of the past and the hopes and dreams for the future made The Girl from the Savoy an incredibly captivating read. A gem of a book. 
I'll be on the lookout for Hazel Gaynor's next novel!



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