This is a dazzling historical novel that portrays the thrilling era of the 1920s. One of the main protagonists, Dolly Lane is a dreamer by nature and a maid by profession. She longs to wear fancy outfits and dance on the London stage, but the Great War has fractured her life. The memories of the soldier she loved and desperately wanted to start a life with, of secret shame and profound loss, by turns pull her back and encourage her to make a better life.
When she finds employment as a chambermaid at London’s finest hotel, The Savoy, Dolly takes a step closer to the glittering lives of the Bright Young Things. But her fortune takes 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 well-known actress, Loretta May, and her brother, Perry.
The two protagonists, Dolly and Loretta share the narrative, which reveals their struggles – one who is striving to become an actress and the other whose days on the stage as an actress are coming to an end. Perry becomes the integral thread that entwines the two women’s lives together.
The Girl from The Savoy is a good read with a dynamic plot and realistic, relatable and well-developed characters. Loretta and Dolly’s story is heartbreaking towards the end and each woman’s individual story has a lot of emotional depth that will move you as it moved me.
The Girl from The Savoy was published by HarperCollins in 2016.