Dolly Lane is a dreamer, a downtrodden maid who longs to dance on the London stage, but the outbreak of war takes everything from her: Teddy, the man she loves - and her hopes of a better life.
When she secures employment as a chambermaid at London's grandest hotel, The Savoy, Dolly's proximity to the dazzling guests makes her yearn for a life beyond the grey drudgery she was born into. Her fortune takes an unexpected turn when she responds to an unusual newspaper advert and finds herself thrust into the heady atmosphere of London's glittering theatre scene and into the sphere of the celebrated actress Loretta May and her brother, Perry.
All three are searching for something, yet the aftermath of war has cast a dark shadow over them all. A brighter future is tantalisingly close - but can a girl like Dolly ever truly leave her past behind?
"Sumptuous, gorgeous, authentic and surprising, Hazel Gaynor has written another hit." ( Sunday Independent)
"A stunningly evocative story so vividly told.... I loved every gorgeously written page of it." (Claudia Carroll)
"Unputdownable. The characters jumped from the pages, filling my head with extraordinary moments." (Carmel Harrington)
Praise for Hazel Gaynor: "A beautifully imagined novel rich in historic detail and with authentic, engaging characters - I loved this book." (Kate Kerrigan, author of The Dress)
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By denise on 08-11-17
I loved this book. I got into the story straight away and I loved the different actors who read the parts. This is a lovely feel good story with quite a few little twists and turns along the way. I’m a bit gutted to have finished it now as I spent many a commute listening, I will miss it.