Published in: 2016
Edition read: Paperback
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?
I liked the premise of this book, but some parts just irritated me- like the ending, with how Dolly and Teddy end up, how things end up with Edward, how things end up with Perry, how things end with Loretta… the endings all sucked.
Sucky parts aside, this was a fun book about big dreams and going for it. Dolly and Loretta are both strong female characters in a time when you are expected to find a husband, marry, and pop out kids. They go against the norm, Loretta becoming a big stage star, and Dolly aspiring to become one while working as a maid at the Savoy Hotel. They are both very interesting characters, I think I prefer Loretta though as she was quite glamorous!
There is also chapters told from Teddy’s POV, Teddy being a wounded soldier recovering in a hospital and having letters read to him by a nurse, letters from his sweetheart Dolly, whom he doesn’t remember. Those chapters were bittersweet and I wanted a better ending for him than he got, because he seemed like such a sweet character.
The girl from the Savoy rating: 6/10
Would I re-read it? I might, it was an interesting book
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of historical fiction featuring the 1920s.
Author’s site: https://www.hazelgaynor.com/book/the-girl-from-the-savoy/