'Addictive, charming and gleaming with Jazz Age glitz' The Lady The fabulous new novel from the author of The Girl Who Came Home 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 fortunes take 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?
'Enormously enjoyable rags to riches tale... full of 1920's glamour, jazz and delicious period detail' Red Magazine 'Sumptuous, gorgeous, authentic and surprising, Hazel Gaynor has written another hit.' Sunday Independent 'Gorgeously written' Irish Independent 'Peopled with unforgettable characters...Once begun, I dare you to put it down.' Kathleen Tessaro, author of The Perfume Collector '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
Hazel Gaynor's debut novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and winner of the 2015 RNA Historical Romantic Novel of the Year award. Her second novel A MEMORY OF VIOLETS was also a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Hazel writes a popular guest blog 'Carry on Writing' for national Irish writing website writing.ie and also contributes feature articles for the site, interviewing authors such as Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Cheryl Strayed and Rachel Joyce among others. Hazel was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers and was selected by Library Journal as one of ten big breakout authors for 2015. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.