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The Girl from the Savoy

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,398 ratings  ·  602 reviews
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
Paperback, 419 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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I absolutely fell in love with The Girl from The Savoy. This story takes place in the early 1920s, but it does reach to 1974 with the epilogue as it follows the lives of these three beautiful characters. Readers get three points of view: Dolly, Loretta May and Teddy. We get to see their hopes, dreams and heart-rending loss of their lives during this time—the time of World War I or The Great War—of boys who before this war were fun-loving with dreams of marriage to girls they loved, only to come
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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 2015 and was so impressed with the piece that I made up my mind to read at least one of her full length titles during 2016. I own a copy of The Girl Who Came Home, but it was The Girl from the Savoy that I ultimately picked up. I wish I could say something intelligen
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. 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 1920'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
Joy D
Historical fiction set in the 1920’s, this book tells the story of Dolly Lane, a girl from the English countryside, who has found employment at The Savoy, an iconic hotel and focal point of London’s social scene. 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 after ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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This was just okay for me. I have previously read another book by this author which I really enjoyed, A Memory of Violets, so I expected that the same would hold true for this book. I didn’t dislike the book but it never really hooked me so I always found it easy to set aside. I have had this book on my tbr for ages so I am glad that I finally took the time to give it a try.

This book is told from three points of view. Dolly Lane tell
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. 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
Dale Harcombe
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars.
The book starts with a prologue set in 1916 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 1923 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? Dolly’s life take a turn when she meets Perry Clements. Perry is a struggling composer looking for his next hit and despairing of ever being
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is the second novel I've read by this author. I read A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers and gave it three stars. 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
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book...until the end. 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
Jun 05, 2016 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 1920'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
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delightful. A wonderful escapist read: set largely within London's Savoy around and after WW1. Beautifully written and unputdownable. ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes she is a Daffodil. Sometimes she is a butterfly. And, always, always she is surrounded by hope and love and adventure."

Wonderful novel... truly exceptional writing! 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
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I find out that a book is set in 1920s 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 1916 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
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This one hit all the high notes for me. I just loved it. Something about it. The setting, the writing, the characters, and the character of it. I love this age. (Historical Fiction Set in the Jazz Age). I'm not going to describe it, but I will say it captured a feeling. It was a beautiful book. The stage and the lights and the beautiful hotel and the tea rooms and music halls. And the relationships contained within, and how hard it is after the war, when each of the characters are fee ...more
Laura Lee
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hazel Gaynor is one of my new fave authors. She never disappoints.
London, 1923, people are still dealing with the aftermath of WWI.
Loretta is a famous revue actress and Dolly is a wannabe. They meet up together and hatch a plan to give them both what they want. In the meantime there are lost loves and sad memories. Everyone has their own heartache and way of dealing with it. The characters are sympathetic and easy to like. It's a long book but didn't feel like it. I enjoyed every minute.
Barbi ♉️
Aug 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hazel Gaynor’s books are typically slow to suck me in. This one unusually slow. At the halfway mark she sucked me in. It left me with the warm and fuzzy feelings. If you want it badly enough, don’t give up, it will be yours!
Trish at Between My Lines
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. "The Girl from The Savoy" is a historical fiction by Hazel Gaynor, who is a new-to-me author. It's set in the 1920s in London and is told from the perspective of three characters. It is the story of Dolly, a young woman who dreams about being on stage singing and dancing. For right now, she is a maid at one of the nicest hotels in London, The Savoy. There is also Loretta May, a woman who is already famous on the stage. The third narrator is Teddy, Dolly's first great love. This is a s ...more
Sheena Lambert
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely my favourite of Hazel Gaynor's novels to date, this story of two women in 1920s London is evocative of a Downton Abbey era, albeit set for the most part in the city of London. The description of the upstairs/downstairs life in the Savoy Hotel, and the wonderful characters drawn by the author made this one of my favourite reads so far this year. It might be only January, but I'm guessing I'll be remembering Dolly and Loretta and life in the Savoy long into 2016. Highly recommend. ...more
'The Girl From the Savoy' is narrated from three different points of view; Dorothy Lane's, Teddy Cooper's and Loretta May's. 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 ...more
Well, this is it really, my last book of 2016. 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 2017 - really happy I had the chance to read it, it was well worth it because the prose was truly masterfully crafted.
Jennifer S. Brown
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for a 1920s 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. ...more
Emma Crowley
May 12, 2016 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? I'll admit I have Hazel's two previous releases The Girl Who Came Home and A Memory of Violets waiting patiently in my huge T.B.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 ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this free copy for exchange of an honest review

The 1920’s give me goosebumps. I love that era. The color and smells are unique and will never come back. There’s a certain allure to it and I believe few can resist it. Hazel Gaynor’s new book is set primarily in the 20s but travels through time up until the 70s and the one thing I am sure about is that it will seduce many many readers.

Our story begins in the 1910’s when Dolly has to say goodbye to Teddy. The narrative has two points o
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:

The Girl From the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor
William Morrow, 2016
Fiction (Historical); 419 pgs

The Girl From the Savoy is the first historical fiction novel I have read solely written by Hazel Gaynor. I adored her and Heather Webb’s The Last Christmas in Paris and knew I wanted to read more by both authors. While I enjoy historical fiction quite a bit, I often skip over the ones featuring characters
J'nell Ciesielski
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
More of a 3.75. I loved the 20's era and sweeping through the glamorous doors of the elegant Savoy, makes me long to have been there during that time with fabulous cocktails listening to jazz. Loretta by far was my favorite character and wish we'd had more time with her and less of Dolly. Dolly took a long time to grow on me, in fact, it wasn't until the last few chapters that I started to like her which is the reason for the 3.75 rating instead of a 4. ...more
Margaret Madden
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1920s London. 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
Literary  Chanteuse
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of those gems that is unexpectedly wonderful and purely captivating. The characters of Dolly Lane and Loretta May have such rich stories that really come to life with their grand personalities. There is more than just a rags to riches type of a story here, the author explores the gaiety of the 20's with the after affects of WWI and the hearts and dreams of many young women and men. A fantastic read that I truly enjoyed. 

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hazel Gaynor is an award-winning, New York Times, USA Today, Globe and Mail, Irish Times and national bestselling author. Her debut novel, The Girl Who Came Home, won the 2015 Romantic Novelists’ Association Historical Novel of the Year award, The Girl from The Savoy was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year, and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter was shortliste ...more

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