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 …
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 North Lincs, UK.
Where Dragonflies Hover was AnneMarie’s first book with Choc Lit.
I loved this book. I have read a lot of time-slip novels recently and sometimes enjoyed one story more than the other. But not with this book. Both stories were excellent. Lexi’s struggle with her marriage contrasting well with Allie’s WW1 romance. The present day section reflected well the problems young men and women have with choosing between careers and home life. The WW1 details – the never ending bombing and shelling, the continual fight to keep men alive, the crushing exhaustion – were beautifully portrayed. Highly recommended.
A very good read , great detail too 10/10
This book has 2 storylines that seamlessly fuse together in this book about relationships now and during the First World War. Lexi falls in love with an old mansion called Hollingsworth House and must have it but her Husband isn’t interested and this causes problems between them. While viewing the mansion, Lexi comes across an old diary written by Allie, a Nurse from Australia, who is working on the frontline during the First World War.
This book tells the story from Lexi and Allie’s viewpoint and is superbly written. The writing made me feel like I was on the frontline with Allie, tending to the wounded and picturing the scenes and the characters.
I could also easily relate to Lexi and found all of the characters to be likeable and I warmed to them like old friends.
I found this a page-turner and would highly recommend this book.
Really enjoyed this book! The fusion of past & present worked seamlessly moving together. It’s a nice reminder that sometimes looking to history can help so much is the over complicated times we live in now.
Love Annemarie Brear books having just discovered her whilst coming across Where Dragonflies Hover about three weeks ago. I have just finished Kitty McKenzie and its sequel so can highly recommend this author. Brilliant Choclit Treat too from her, read it sat in bed on Saturday morning after a hard weeks work. Made me smile.