‘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 brings the roaring 20s and the London stage to brilliant life in The Girl from the Savoy. Told from three different perspectives, the story follows two very different women whose lives intersect. A class-crossing friendship begins with a shared passion for the glamor of the stage in this tale of loss and love set against the backdrop of the Jazz Age.
Gaynor’s prose is elegant and the tale one of emotional depth as she explores how those broken and battered by the Great War mend and pursue their dreams. The reader is given a glimpse into the inner workings of the famed Savoy, and Gaynor’s incredible eye for detail is transportive.
In turns raw and wrenching, hopeful and triumphant, The Girl from the Savoy is a stunning, bittersweet tale that will resonate long after the last page is turned.