SHORTLISTED FOR THE BGE IRISH BOOK AWARDS POPULAR FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016
GLOBE & MAIL CANADA and IRISH TIMES BESTSELLER
London, 1923: Welcome to The Savoy hotel, a glittering jewel in London’s social scene, where the lives of the rich, the famous, and the infamous intertwine.
Here, amid the cocktails and the jazz, two women with very different pasts try to forget the devastation of the Great War and forge a new life in a city where those who dare to dream can have it all.
Dolly Lane is The Savoy’s newest chambermaid, her prospects limited by a life in service. But her proximity to the dazzling hotel guests fuels her dreams– to take the London stage by storm, to wear couture gowns, to be applauded by the gallery girls and admired by the critics…to be a star, just like her idol, Loretta May.
Born an earl’s daughter, Loretta has rebelliously turned her back on the carefully ordered life expected of a woman at the top of society’s elite. She will love who she wants, and live as she likes. Outwardly, her star burns bright, but Loretta holds a dark secret. She alone knows that her star cannot burn forever.
When an unusual turn of events leads Dolly and Loretta’s lives to collide, they must both learn to let go of their past in order to hold on to what they most desire.
Read the background to The Girl from The Savoy here.
Praise for The Girl From The Savoy
“Hazel Gaynor captures both the heartache and hope of England between the Wars in this richly imagined novel peopled with unforgettable characters, impossible ambitions and unexpected twists of fate. Once begun, I dare you to put it down.” — Kathleen Tessaro, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector and Rare Objects
“A disarmingly charming story of a young woman determined to make her dreams a reality. The Girl from The Savoy is as sweet as a love song, as energetic as a tap dance and full of dazzling details about life in London after the disasters of the Great War. I won’t soon forget Dolly Lane, and her rise from loneliness and hardship to the glitter of stardom.” — Jeanne Mackin, author of The Beautiful American
“Hazel Gaynor’s artistry as a storyteller shimmers like satin in THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY. Evocative, transportive and redemptive, this is an enchanting gem of story.” — Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life
“Gaynor struts her historical stuff once again in her latest novel, set in 1920s London… Gaynor’s latest quickly and completely takes readers into the exciting world of London between the wars. This story of loss and longing and of the power of ambition and dreams to carry us forward is filled with rich period details and unforgettable characters.” — Booklist
“Sumptuous, gorgeous, authentic and surprising, Hazel Gaynor has written another hit.” — Sunday Independent
“… an enormously enjoyable rags to riches tale full of 1920s jazz, glamour and delicious period detail.” — Red Magazine
“Addictive, charming and gleaming with jazz age glitz.” – The Lady
“Beautiful, stunning, page-turning, warm & captivating.” — Sinead Moriarty, author of The Good Mother
“Dolly’s path toward stardom and the secret that’s been haunting her help push this historical novel toward a thoroughly satisfying ending.” — Publishers Weekly
“A stunningly evocative story so vividly told … I loved every gorgeously written page of it.” — Claudia Carroll, author of All She Ever Wished For
“Unputdownable. The characters jumped from the pages, filling my head with heart wrenching, exquisite and extraordinary moments.” — Carmel Harrington, author of Beyond Grace’s Rainbow