Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)

Published in: 2014
Pages: 380
Edition read: Paperback
Series: Book 5 in the Bloodlines series

Book description:
Sydney has to face her worst nightmare, she’s been caught by the Alchemists and is now in a re-education centre, trying to find her way out and back to Adrian. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

My review:
Damn this was a good read. The first part, Adrian is drowning his sorrows and gone completely off the rails, and Sydney is trapped in the alchemist re-education centre, which is so insane that you can’t help but feel outraged at all she has to go through. Then the escape, which you knew was coming, was oh so sweet and oh so amazing.

But shortlived, because then Sydney and Adrian are on the run with the alchemists hot on their tale, and you just get so frustrated because you just want them to have a break, honestly. And then things get weirder… some crazy ideas are thrown out there and then, being silly young things, they go with these mad ideas and bam. Shotgun Vegas wedding anyone?

Honestly, that bit annoyed me, looking back at it. At the time, I loved it and found the wedding sweet and lovely, but now that I’ve read the final book and had time to digest the whole series, I’m thinking the wedding was a bit unnecessary and the book could have done without it. Plus, Sydney is only 19. This is technically her first boyfriend (the other guy, Brantley or Brandon or whatever, he didn’t count). It seemed a bit of a rushed plot-line to me, and the story could have done without. But the rest of the book was excellent, so I guess a pointless wedding wasn’t the worst way to end the book.

Final review:
Silver Shadows rating:
9/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series and the author, fans of young adult paranormal romances.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8709524-silver-shadows
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Shadows
Author’s site: http://www.richellemead.com/books/silver-shadows-tr
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Silver-Shadows-Bloodlines-Richelle-Mead/dp/1595146326

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The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood

The Last Banquet

Published in: 2013
Pages: 368
Edition read: Paperback

Book description:
Jean-Marie Charles d’Aumout is many things. Orphan, soldier, diplomat, spy, lover. And chef. This is his story. We meet Jean-Marie d’Aumout as a penniless orphan eating beetles by the side of a road. His fate is changed after an unlikely encounter finds him patronage and he is sent to military academy. Despite his frugal roots, and thanks to it and courage in great measure, he grows up to become a diplomat and spy.

Rising through the ranks of eighteenth-century French society, he feasts with lords, ladies and eventually kings, at the Palace of Versailles itself. Passionate love, political intrigue and international adventure abound in Jean-Marie’s life, but his drive stems from a single obsession: the pursuit of the perfect taste. Three-Snake Bouillabaisse, Pickled Wolf’s Heart and Flamingo Tongue are just some of the delicacies he devours on his journey toward the ultimate feast. But beyond the palace walls, revolution is in the air and the country is clamouring with hunger of a different kind.

My review:
This book was different to what I expected, and I still can’t work out if I liked it or hated it. Jean-Marie is someone who is obsessed with taste- he wants to taste everything, no matter how nasty. Beetles, cats, dogs, snakes, urine, tigers, flamingoes. These are some of the things he tastes throughout the book, some with handy dandy recipes included, which was a bit weird.

I think the idea of this book was intriguing, the execution a little strange, but something just didn’t quite sit right with me throughout the book – whether it was revulsion at some of the things he ate, the taboo around some of the foods he ate, or just the whole story not agreeing with me, I’m not sure why but I just felt unsettled while reading this book. Perhaps that was the point?

Final review:
The Last Banquet rating:
3/10
Would I re-read it? No
Who would I recommend it to? Anyone interested in unconventional books, interest in french history prior-revolution, or people obsessed with tastes.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17379759-the-last-banquet

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)

Published in: 2013
Pages: 420
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 4 in the Bloodline series

Book description:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the wolds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her…

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

My review:
This book has so much happening in it. Adrian and Sydney’s relationship goes to the next level, finally. Everybody finds out about their relationship, finally. Sydney has a breakthrough in so many things. That ending was insane. It was just ahhhhhh!

This is the first book of the series that is written from two POVs- Sydney’s, and now Adrian’s. It was interesting to see the world through Adrian’s eyes for once, he is an intriguing character and to view his pain and joys as he deals with the effect of Spirit, the struggles he goes through, it was really interesting and I loved seeing how he viewed Sydney. Honestly, where can I find myself an Adrian? I want one.

We also get some characters from the VA series popping up, which was nice and nostalgic. It’s crazy to see how far these two series have gotten.

The thing about this book is that there is so much hope in it. So much good happens, the characters are all finding their stride and it’s just all going so well, you are just waiting for the bad stuff to start. It can’t just keep going this well. So when the bad happens, and you know it does, it’s just so bad but so expected. I have so many questions about the next book, soooo many questions. It’s gonna be a good one. Stay strong Sydney!

Final review:
The Fiery Heart rating:
10/10
Would I re-read it? YeS
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the author and series, fans of young adult paranormal romance featuring vampires and strong female characters. Sydney is kick-ass and totally amazing.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9833184-the-fiery-heart
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fiery_Heart
Author’s site: http://www.richellemead.com/books/the-fiery-heart-tr/the-fiery-heart-dn
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fiery-Heart-Richelle-Mead/dp/1595146318
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Fiery-Heart-Richelle-Mead/9781595146311

 

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Published in: 2004
Pages: 1,006
Edition read: Paperback

Book description:
English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England’s magical past and regained some of the powers of England’s magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.

All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative-the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington’s army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange’s heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear.

My review:
Ugh. I was so bored by this book. I read the entire 1000 page thing, but I didn’t find myself enjoying the book at any point. I gave it so many chances, I thought perhaps the end would be great, but it just… never got good.

This book is written by someone who wishes they were born in the 1800s – so the story is long, descriptive to the point of being painful, and has so much non-essential information that you become overloaded within pages. There’s footnotes all throughout the book (literally every 5 pages or so, you get half a page of footnotes) which add nothing to they story at all – they mostly reference made-up fictional books created in this world, or short stories that go over 6 pages and have nothing to do with the current story.

There is also the fact that, for reasons unknown, the author has insisted on misspelling normal words. For example:
– ancle (ankle)
– controul (control)
– surprized (surprised)
– Swisserland (Switzerland)
– shew (show)
– chuse (choose, or chose)
– scissars (scissors)
– stopt (stopped, or stop)
– dropt (dropped, or drop)

What even the actual hell? Not only are those not Americanised nor English spellings of words, some of them are downright confusing. They also are not written that way to show that a certain character is speaking in an accent, this is literally just the way the words are spelled throughout the entire book, including in the footnotes. In all the 19th century books I have read, I have never come across spelling like that- so why did this author insist on this through her 1000 page monstrosity?

Needless to say, I hated this book with every fibre of my being. I felt that the story plods along when it could have been summed up in a nice neat 200 pages, the footnotes were excessive and not needed at all, the spelling was baffling and detracted from the story, and by the end of the book I still couldn’t figure out why the book was written. Also, the characters aren’t likeable – Norell needs to be punched in the face with a chair, repeatedly.

Oh, and there is a BBC mini-series based on this book. I watched it after reading this book, for curiousity’s sake. Figured it had to be better than the book. Boy, that was 7 hours of my life I won’t be getting back. It is literally as dull as the book was, but thankfully much shorter.

Final review:
Strange/Norell rating:
1/10
Would I re-read it? NEVER
Who would I recommend it to? I have nobody I would recommend this to. It was painful to read, I struggle to think who would enjoy this book (but apparently, there are heaps of people out there. Power to you, but this just wasn’t my thing at all)

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14201.Jonathan_Strange_Mr_Norrell

Prince Caspian by C S Lewis

Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

Published in: 1951
Pages: 240
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 4 in the Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological order)

Book description:
The Pevensie siblings are back to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

My review:
I must admit, of the three Narnia movies, this one is my favourite, so I rather enjoyed reading this book. The book is a fun adventure back into Narnia for the children, who adjust rather quickly to Narnian life again, help fight a battle to put Caspian on the throne as the rightful kind of Narnia, bring back life to the Narnian trees and animals, and bring Aslan back after centuries of absence.

Like all books in this series, this is a great adventure story for kids to read, with lots of action and children being awesome and fighting battles and becoming kings and queens, and it really gets the imagination going. My only problem really was that the book seemed to finish far too quickly! Lewis could definitely have added in many more chapters to this story, and I would have loved it.

Final review:
Prince Caspian rating:
7/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series and author, anyone who has seen the movie adaptations, children who like adventure stories.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/121749.Prince_Caspian

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)

Published in: 2013
Pages: 401
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 3 in the Bloodlines series

Book description:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets–and human lives.


In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

My review:
We have the introduction of a new character in the form of Marcus Finch, an ex-alchemist, who Sydney hunts down in order to find out how he left the Alchemists. He’s smoking hot, but Sydney seems to be the only female immune to his charms because she’s totally hung up on Adrian, and totally trying to lie to herself about it. Enter a thousand steamy scenes where Sydney and Adrian attempt to act like they don’t like each other and then end up making out and oh, this was just soooo damn good.

My favourite scene was the t-shirt painting scene. I don’t know why that spoke to me so much, but it did. Well, that and the Bunny room, that had me giggling. Adrian is on top form throughout this book, hilarious and sexy and where can I get one of him IRL?

There is also the threat of this witch hunting down young girls and stealing their youth and their power, so Sydney and Adrian attempt to hunt the at-risk girls down to warn them. Meanwhile, Sydney has embraced the witch world and is improving her skills, even creating a little dragon that she and Adrian take joint-custody of- which is so cute it hurts. I love that little dragon.

This book was my favourite one so far, it’s just got everything I could want in a book. A super sarcastic hot guy who is devoted to the nerdy girl. A zany sidekick/mascot dragon. A crazy mentor witch lady. Serious action. Steamy scenes involving making out and decorating t-shirts at a kegger instead of drinking. Yes, this was amazing.

Final review:
The Indigo Spell rating: 10000/10.
Would I re-read it? OF COURSE I WOULD.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the author, series, similar series. Fans of paranormal romances featuring vampires. Fans of young adult fiction. Fans of Adrian Ivashkov.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8709526-the-indigo-spell
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Indigo_Spell
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Indigo-Spell-Bloodlines-Novel/dp/159514613X
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Bloodlines-Indigo-Spell-book-3-Richelle-Mead/9780141337166
Author’s site: http://www.richellemead.com/books/the-indigo-spell-tr

The Horse and His Boy by C S Lewis

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
Published in: 1954
Pages: 224
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 3 in the Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological order)

Book description:
The Horse and his Boy is a stirring and dramatic fantasy story that finds a young boy named Shasta on the run from his homeland with the talking horse, Bree. When the pair discover a deadly plot by the Calormen people to conquer the land of Narnia, the race is on to warn the inhabitants of the impending danger and to rescue them all from certain death.

My review:
So I can kinda see why this book was published after the rest of the series. Chronologically, it occurs during the last few chapters of the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, when the children are enjoying being the kings and queens of Narnia.

The story is the usual action packed adventure, this one featuring two children travelling to Narnia with two talking horses. The children run into their fair share of obstacles, which they seem to overcome rather well, and they also run into Susan and Edmund, and later Lucy.

I think the more interesting bit of this story is that we get an insight into lands other than Narnia. We are told there are other lands in the other stories, but we don’t get to visit them. So this gives us the chance to visit them, see them as developed lands with their own unique customs and people, and that to me was more fascinating.

Final review:
The horse and his boy rating:
6/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the author, the series, children and young adults interested in fantasy series.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/84119.The_Horse_and_His_Boy
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horse_and_His_Boy
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Horse-His-Boy-C-Lewis/dp/0064471063

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)

Published in: 2012
Pages: 418
Edition read: Paperback
Series: Book 2 in the Bloodlines series

Book description:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives. Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

My review:
Gaaahhhh damn this addictive amazing series. Sydney hooks up with a brainy guy named Braydon, who is her first boyfriend and he is such a dork, and not in a good way, it’s almost painful to read their ‘dates’. Meanwhile, Adrian is dark and brooding and sarcastic and amazing and Sydney barely seems to notice. Well, actually she’s just far in denial. The thing is, you gotta read through this to the ending, because that ending is 100% OH MY GOD followed by NOOOO WHYYY and then sad faces. But yeah. Adrian is amazing.

Random fangirling aside. Sydney is continuing to grow as a character as she comes out of her shell and becomes more entrenched with the world of witchcraft, the vampires and damphirs. It’s really good because she’s becoming such an interesting character as a result of that. There is also the discovery of the vampire hunters and that a friend of hers is one of them, which then brings Sydney to question everything she has known. It feels like the series is really heating up and I cannot get enough of them.

But to be fair, reading about Adrian’s whackyness is what is propelling me through this series. He is what makes these books so good.

Final review:
The Golden Lily rating:
10/10
Would I re-read it? YEEEESSSS. This was a library book, so I need to find and buy this series for my personal library. Like now.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series, the author, the vampire academy series. Young adults who enjoy paranormal fiction featuring vampires.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8709523-the-golden-lily
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_Lily_(Mead_novel)
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Bloodlines-Golden-Lily-book-2-Richelle-Mead/9780141337142
Author’s site: http://www.richellemead.com/books/the-golden-lily-tr
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Lily-Bloodlines-Novel/dp/1595146024

 

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

Published in: 2011
Pages: 421
Edition read: Paperback
Series: Bloodline series book 1

Book description:
Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

My review:
Bloody hell, I forgot how addictive these books are. I should have read this as soon as I finished the Vampire Academy series, but nooooo. Anyways. Sydney is a really prim and proper character at the beginning of this book, but it’s interesting to watch her become more comfortable around the vampires and damphirs as the book (and the series) goes on.

The best character of the series is Adrian, who had me giggling a few times with the things he comes up with. He’s a bit of a misunderstood person, but Sydney gets him and watching them interact is what keeps me going through this book.

So this book was hella addictive, I could barely put it down and found myself constantly thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it because I had to adult and go to work (urgh being a responsible adult suuucckkss) and I found that even though the characters are all in high school, I didn’t have much difficulty relating to them like I normally do with YA fiction.

I’m now currently devouring the rest of this series and it’s just getting more and more bloody addictive. Damn you Richelle Mead.

Final review:
Bloodlines rating:
10/10
Would I re-read it? Hells yes.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the vampire academy series, fans of the author, fans of young adult paranormal fiction featuring vampires.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8709527-bloodlines
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodlines_(series)
Author’s site: http://www.richellemead.com/books
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Richelle-Bloodlines-Golden-Shadows/dp/B016OGT57W

The Girl From The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor

The Girl from the Savoy

Published in: 2016
Pages: 419
Edition read: Paperback

Book description:
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 review:
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.

Final review:
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.

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26156468-the-girl-from-the-savoy
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Savoy-Novel-Hazel-Gaynor/dp/0062403478
Author’s site: https://www.hazelgaynor.com/book/the-girl-from-the-savoy/