Where Dragonflies Hover (Choc Lit)

Where Dragonflies Hover (Choc Lit)

by AnneMarie Brear
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Where Dragonflies Hover (Choc Lit) by AnneMarie Brear

Sometimes a glimpse into the past can help make sense of the future ...
Everyone thinks Lexi is crazy when she falls in love with Hollingsworth House – a crumbling old Georgian mansion in Yorkshire – and nobody more so than her husband, Dylan. But there's something very special about the place, and Lexi can sense it.
Whilst exploring the grounds she stumbles across an old diary and, within its pages, she meets Allie – an Australian nurse working in France during the First World War.
Lexi finally realises her dream of buying Hollingsworth but her obsession with the house leaves her marriage in tatters. In the lonely nights that follow, Allie's diary becomes Lexi's companion, comforting her in moments of darkness and pain. And as Lexi reads, the nurse's scandalous connection to the house is revealed ...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157663285
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication date: 04/08/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

AnneMarie has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, genealogy, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order!
AnneMarie grew up in Australia but now lives in the UK.
Where Dragonflies Hover is AnneMarie’s first book with Choc Lit.

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gaele 6 months ago
I’m a sucker for these dual-timeline stories that use a small connection to tell two stories, as each informs the other as they unfold. In present day there is Alexandria (Lexi) who has found refuge in her adoration of an old grand house in Yorkshire: refuge from her failing marriage, her struggles with redefining her life along a path that both interests her and allows her to work to save her marriage, and the innate sadness she had in watching the love she and her husband Dylan share just not be ‘enough’. Discovering Hollingsworth House as she is looking forward to a new home for a new start with her marriage, Lexi is instantly captivated: the run-down manor will need significant work, but the scene, setting and vibe all call to her. Purchasing Hollingsworth signals the end of Lexi’s marriage, as Dylan is unwilling, or unable to support or understand her choice. Now faced with her own sorrow and memories, Lexi finds a diary from Alexandria (Allie) written in 1945 as the then pain-riddled woman, determined to tell her story, is spending time at the manor. What emerges are two stories: one quietly harrowing as Lexi’s wistful memories of a love lost and Allie’s tales of nursing in France during WWI come to light. While Allie’s stories of nursing are evocative and often heartbreaking, her true purpose in this diary is to provide hope to anyone who may find it – and is in need of some reaffirmation that love, real love, exists. There are so many moments in this story that are gently (and not so) tugging at your heart: from the clearly illustrated fracture in Lexi and Dylan’s marriage, to the sadness that I felt that neither was willing to grab and hold on – they both still love one another, but neither took the chance to declare it, demand change, or work to show it. Then we have Allie’s story – rich in history and detail, with a love thread that examines all of the ways to lose that love, and the memories: bittersweet and nostalgic, that she is bequeathing to the reader. Wonderful detail, historic elements and fully developed characters without a single character to dislike. So often when a relationship dissolves, there are clear elements that make you dislike one or another of the characters: but this was not the case here. Everyone was, in some ways, a victim of circumstance and surety: sure that their love would be enough, sure that things would allow for that happily ever after, not realizing that like any large manor house or garden, relationships and love need tending and maintenance: often something we all tend to forget. Perfectly illustrating these moments through past and present while bringing the hope to the forefront – hope for Lexi as she learns from Allie and her story and a wonderful sense of healing and sharing shine through. A wonderfully evocative novel that is sure to please fans of historic fiction and romance alike. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Mirella 4 months ago
I have been an avid reader of all AnneMarie Brear's novels. Her novels feature strong heroines who face adversity and always evoke mood and emotion. I've never been disappointed in any of her books and this one is no exception. This novel features two timelines - current day and 1917. The heroine, Lexi, is drawn to an old house after she finds a diary in one of its outbuildings. It was written by Allie, a nurse from Australia during World War I. She becomes completely absorbed by Allie and her romance with a soldier. Where Dragonflies Hover is an emotional, satisfying read with plenty of fascinating turns and twists. It is about complicated relationships and the need to forgive and heal in the name of love. An engrossing tale of the ability of the human spirit to persevere!
gaele 6 months ago
I’m a sucker for these dual-timeline stories that use a small connection to tell two stories, as each informs the other as they unfold. In present day there is Alexandria (Lexi) who has found refuge in her adoration of an old grand house in Yorkshire: refuge from her failing marriage, her struggles with redefining her life along a path that both interests her and allows her to work to save her marriage, and the innate sadness she had in watching the love she and her husband Dylan share just not be ‘enough’. Discovering Hollingsworth House as she is looking forward to a new home for a new start with her marriage, Lexi is instantly captivated: the run-down manor will need significant work, but the scene, setting and vibe all call to her. Purchasing Hollingsworth signals the end of Lexi’s marriage, as Dylan is unwilling, or unable to support or understand her choice. Now faced with her own sorrow and memories, Lexi finds a diary from Alexandria (Allie) written in 1945 as the then pain-riddled woman, determined to tell her story, is spending time at the manor. What emerges are two stories: one quietly harrowing as Lexi’s wistful memories of a love lost and Allie’s tales of nursing in France during WWI come to light. While Allie’s stories of nursing are evocative and often heartbreaking, her true purpose in this diary is to provide hope to anyone who may find it – and is in need of some reaffirmation that love, real love, exists. There are so many moments in this story that are gently (and not so) tugging at your heart: from the clearly illustrated fracture in Lexi and Dylan’s marriage, to the sadness that I felt that neither was willing to grab and hold on – they both still love one another, but neither took the chance to declare it, demand change, or work to show it. Then we have Allie’s story – rich in history and detail, with a love thread that examines all of the ways to lose that love, and the memories: bittersweet and nostalgic, that she is bequeathing to the reader. Wonderful detail, historic elements and fully developed characters without a single character to dislike. So often when a relationship dissolves, there are clear elements that make you dislike one or another of the characters: but this was not the case here. Everyone was, in some ways, a victim of circumstance and surety: sure that their love would be enough, sure that things would allow for that happily ever after, not realizing that like any large manor house or garden, relationships and love need tending and maintenance: often something we all tend to forget. Perfectly illustrating these moments through past and present while bringing the hope to the forefront – hope for Lexi as she learns from Allie and her story and a wonderful sense of healing and sharing shine through. A wonderfully evocative novel that is sure to please fans of historic fiction and romance alike. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book by Annemarie Brear. Lexi has fallen in love with the Hollingsworth House and everyone including her husband thinks she is crazy. While exploring the house she stumbles across an old diary written by Allie, and Australian nurse who worked in France during the First World War. If you are looking for a great book then you need to read this one. I am looking forward to the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
A diary written by a nurse on the front lines during World War I has a profound impact on a woman in the 21st century. Allie, the nurse, had one true love that came to her after she was thirty and while she was caring for the wounded. That love was deep abiding and everything to her and to her Danny. Lexi finds Allie’s diary on property she eventually purchases and reading it impacts her deeply. She cherishes the diary and wishes that she, too, will eventually find that same kind of love for herself. This is a beautifully written story of two women. The characters are well developed, the issues dealt by both women very believable, the historical aspects of the war intense and educational and the story one I could not put down - at all – I was drawn in from the beginning and had to find out what would happen. I will also say that being an RN and having an interest in the history of nursing made this book even more special to me. This is the first book I have read by this author but I will be looking for more of her books in hopes that they will be just as wonderful. Thank you to NetGalley and ChocLit for the copy of this book to read and review.