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  • An Amazing Read

    Set in the post WWI era of the 1920's this book is a roller coaster ride of emotions. Love and love lost, hope and hopelessness, dreams and disappointments, as well as a back story of the overwhelming pain and suffering of a generation forever changed by war; it's all here. The characters are well fleshed out, believable and quite likeable. And, as usual, this author writes history so well you feel like you're living it. I don't normally give 5 stars, but I honestly couldn't find a thing that I didn't like about this book. Very well done.

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  • The Girl from The Savoy

    Interesting story and people; loved the author's style of writing! This is second book I've read by Gaynor and will look for more.

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  • Never really hooked me

    This was just okay for me. I have previously read another book by this author which I really enjoyed, A Memory of Violets, so I expected that the same would hold true for this book. I didn’t dislike the book but it never really hooked me so I always found it easy to set aside. I have had this book on my tbr for ages so I am glad that I finally took the time to give it a try. This book is told from three points of view. Dolly Lane tells most of the story. She starts working as a maid at the Savoy as the book opens. She has dreams of finding success on the stage and will work hard to make it happen. She has had a painful past which is slowly revealed throughout the story. Loretta May is the second point of view. She has found fame and enjoys being in the spotlight but something in her life has her re-evaluating things. We occasionally see things from Teddy’s perspective. He is the man that Dolly loved who has come back from war a changed man. I felt like this book took a very long time to set up the story. Things didn’t get moving until the midpoint of the book. I found the characters to be likable enough but I don’t feel like I was ever completely related to them. There were times that I felt like the book was overly long and dragged a bit. In some situations, things seemed a little too convenient. Ultimately, I felt like the book meandered a little too much for my taste and I was less than satisfied by how everything worked out. I loved the descriptions of the time period and liked the scenes that dealt with the more difficult topics the most. The three narrators did a wonderful job in bringing this story to life. I really liked how distinctive each voice was so that the change in point of view always flowed smoothly. I thought that they all added the right amount of emotion to the story and handled character dialogue well. I do believe that their narration added to my enjoyment of the story. I think that most readers will enjoy this one a bit more than I did. It was a good book but it wasn’t perfect. Unfortunately, the story never completely clicked for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to read more of this author’s work in the future. I received a digital review copy of the book from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.

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