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The Girl from the Savoy    by Hazel Gaynor order for
Girl from the Savoy
by Hazel Gaynor
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William Morrow, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Set during the 1920s in post-war Britain, this new novel from Hazel Gaynor introduces Dolly Lane, a young woman who is attempting to make a better life for herself that will take her beyond the drudgery of being a chambermaid in London.

Watching the Bright Young Things who patronize the grand Savoy Hotel where she works, Dolly would like to sample the champagne and enjoy the jazz that are part of the lives these women enjoy. Part of Dolly's dream is to one day be on the London stage where she would be praised by the critics and applauded by girls just like herself.

An impossible dream? Perhaps, but stranger things have happened and for Dolly it all begins when she responds to an unconventional ad placed in one of the city's newspapers by a struggling songwriter.

The novel's other central character, Loretta May, is the daughter of a peer of the realm, who has achieved fame although it has come at a high cost. As this captivating novel develops, these two women's lives will intersect and they'll both discover the cost of realizing a cherished dream and the price that must be paid for holding on to what they most desire.

An absorbing rags to riches story, The Girl from the Savoy is filled with memorable characters, a rich, authentic, period setting and captivating plot that you'll enjoy delving into. You'll find this a highly satisfying read and one you'll want to share with family or friends.

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