Since I was first introduced to author, Hazel Gaynor, I have enjoyed the vast detail of her novels, until now. Regrettably as much as I tried to get involved with the storyline of “The Girl from the Savory” I could not maintain a strong enough interest to the point that I could enjoy the story. This novel is not nearly as entertaining nor as compelling as Gaynor's previous release of “A Memory of Violets” nor that of a “The Girl Who Came Home”. To put it simply this novel did not have the passion for storytelling that I have often witnessed in the author's previous novels.
I think my main objective with this novel is the trait that the actual story is written from multiple points of view. I found this disturbing as the reader. My opinion of the story suffered and following the reading became difficult. The characters certainly were not well-written enough for this detail to have occurred.
One of the few pros that I did like was the 1920’s setting. This by far is my absolute favorite era to read about. I thought the backdrop of the novel was outstanding and I only wish the characters had been written in the same light as the scenery.
I would not recommend this book to new readers of the author. I would however recommend the author's other releases that I have mentioned in this review. The main reason for this is the strong, competitive writing that sets the author apart within the publishing industry.
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?