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Where Dragonflies Hover (Choc Lit): When a stranger's life is more intriguing than your own ... by [Brear, AnneMarie]
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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 …

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (8 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01D0KA7JA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #345,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It’s 1945 and Alexandria (Allie) Jamieson is enjoying the spring sun at Hollingsworth House. Her body is racked with pain but she vows to herself that she must finish writing her diary so that someday someone will read it and know of the life and the love she had and that true love does exist.

2010 – Alexandria (Lexi) O’Connor’s marriage is failing. Her and Dylan’s love has been buried beneath careers and possessions. Lexi is inexplicably drawn to an old run down mansion currently for sale. While looking around the grounds she finds a diary and finds herself enthralled by the life and love of Allie Jamieson and Daniel Hollingsworth.

I loved this dual time frame romance. The harrowing experiences of the nurses during WWI were moving and their relentless and tireless devotion to the wounded soldiers under impossible conditions was extraordinary.

Allie’s story was the foundation of the novel and on finding the diary and reading Allie’s story Lexi comes to learn that love is sometimes about compromise.

This is a story about relationships and give and take and the changing views of society over time.

I liked that Lexi’s parents were supportive of Lexi but didn’t take sides.

And as it always should be, problems are solved and lives are saved and everyone lives happily ever after.

Recommended to all Historical Fiction Romance readers.

With my thanks to Choc Lit via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read. 1 August 2016
By Bookworm - Published on
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A nice easy read. This is a duel timeline story which I love. Told from the present and WWI and a slight glimpse of 1945. It's about a love affair that had a lot of problems. I enjoyed the descriptions of war and the medical facilities available at the time. At times I thought the change from the present to the war was quite abrupt. Once or twice I flicked back to see if I'd missed something.
It was nice to have an epilogue at the end but I did think Allie's story finished a bit too quickly. But a nice read for anyone who likes romance and history combined.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story! 8 April 2016
By Karen - Published on
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Where Dragonflies Hover, written by AnneMarie Brear, is truly an amazing story! This is the first book I've read by this author, and I have to admit it exceeded my expectations. The book has two story lines, with a common connection...Hollingsworth House. The two main characters also share the same first name, Alexandria.

The story begins in the spring of 1945, and begins telling the story of Alexandria Jamieson, known as Allie. Allie is sixty years old at that point, originally from Australia, and was a nurse during WWI. She is writing a diary to tell people about the love of her life, Captain Danny Hollingsworth, and to let people know that true love will overcome any obstacles, including war. When asked who will read it, she simply smiled and said, "Anyone who needs to find it will read it."

The story then takes place in 2010, and introduces the next character, Alexandria O'Connor, known as Lexi. Lexi is married to a doctor, Dylan. For some time now, Lexi has known something wasn't quite right in her life, especially in her marriage. She wants to start a family, but her husband wants to wait for five years. He is so busy with his career and is seldom home, and he feels this just isn't the right time to have a baby. There is also something else Lexi wants, and that is to purchase the Hollingsworth House. Once again, what she wants is not what Dylan wants. He feels the house is just too expensive, and needs too much work done to even make it livable. They constantly argue about this, and this only causes even more problems in their already troubled marriage. Despite this, Lexi continues to be drawn to the house, and feels it speaks to her like nothing has ever done before. She is at the house one day, and comes across a locked box, and after opening it, she finds a diary. She takes the diary with her, and begins to read is the diary Allie wrote.

The story alternates between Allie's story, and Lexi's...and as the story unfolds, we learn about these two women, and the common bond they share. This is a beautifully written story, told in vivid detail, that just brings the story to life. It is about two determined women, not letting anyone or anything stop them from having what they want. Both women experience pain and heartache, and both come out of it even stronger in the end. The characters are well developed and true to life. The parts that tell of the war are intense and heartfelt at the same time. Overall, this is an amazing story, and one I could not put down. It is also a story that will stay with me for a long time. I honestly can't stress enough how wonderful this book truly is! AnneMarie Brear is an amazing storyteller, and I will be looking forward to reading more by her in the future!

I was given an advance digital copy of this book from Choc Lit and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story 13 April 2016
By Suze Lavender - Published on
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Lexi is in love with a house, Hollingsworth House. It's a beautiful old mansion that needs a little bit of care. Lexi's husband Dylan doesn't want to move into such a big house. He has other plans for his future. Only Lexi can't forget the place. She decides to take a look and finds an old diary written by Allie, an Australian nurse who stayed in Europe after the First World War. Lexi reads about the love of Allie's life and that brings her comfort when she doesn't know which love she should choose any longer, her husband who doesn't have enough time for her or the house she so desperately wants?

Where Dragonflies Hover is a story about two interesting women. Lexi wants to live in Hollingsworth House. She feels like she belongs there. She's also curious to find out more about Allie. She's fascinated by the diary and it also offers her support. I liked that idea very much. Allie is a strong woman who fights for what she wants. The women have in common that they're willing to go through great lengths to achieve what they have in mind. Their determination is fabulous and it's what I liked best about them. They're interesting and it was nice to find out more about their lives.

Where Dragonflies Hover is a quick and easy read. It's a wonderful and entertaining story with likable main characters. I enjoyed reading this book very much. I loved reading about both the past and the present and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next in the lives of the two women. I think AnneMarie Brear has written an enjoyable read about love, war and a very special house.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read - Highly recommended! 13 April 2017
By Julie - Published on
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Wonderfully evocative, superbly written and absolutely impossible to resist, Where Dragonflies Hover is a stunning dual time frame story from an outstanding storyteller: AnneMarie Brear!

Lexi feels as if her life is falling apart. Her marriage is on the rocks as her husband works every hour God sends, her friends are too busy leading their own lives for them to have any time for her and her job doesn’t give her the purpose and satisfaction which it once did. Lexi is desperate for a fresh start and for a new project and when she claps eyes on Hollingsworth House, she feels as if she has finally found that elusive something which she has been searching for for so long. Compelled to purchase this crumbling and derelict mansion in Yorkshire, Lexi decides to give in to the insistent little voice in her head that is telling her to buy Hollingsworth House and make the property her own. But when Lexi stumbles across an old diary belonging to Allie, an Australian nurse who had worked in France during the First World War, she soon finds herself entangled in a web of illicit desire, strong passion and forbidden love…

As a nurse working on the front line during World War One, Allie knows that she should keep her mind on the job and not get distracted by thoughts of love and romance. But when fate intervenes and she meets Captain Danny Hollingsworth, giving into temptation soon proves inevitable. Overwhelmed by jeopardy, heightened emotions and a staggering fear that each day could be their last, Allie and Danny’s feelings for one another soon escalate. But with so many obstacles standing in their way, does their love have any hope of surviving? Or will this tragic war vanquish all hope of a future for the two of them.

In the present day, Lexi finds herself getting increasingly drawn into Allie and Danny’s story. Although they are divided by time, will Lexi find the answers she has been searching for in Allie’s diary? Will happiness be finally within her reach? Or will the fairy tale ending Lexi has been searching for continue to elude her?

Poignant, powerful and searingly emotional, Where Dragonflies Hover stands shoulder to shoulder with the finest works by some of the genre’s greatest writers such as Catherine Cookson, Audrey Howard and Rosamunde Pilcher. AnneMarie Brear will dazzle and enthrall her readers with this captivating and beguiling tale of second chances, hope and the healing power of love. Effortlessly sweeping her readers up into her story, AnneMarie Brear makes you feel every single emotion her characters are going through and will keep you on the edge of your seat, desperately turning the pages waiting to find out what happens next!

A book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, Where Dragonflies Hover is first rate storytelling at its finest!
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't want to miss this magnificent tale!! 24 March 2017
By Books Of All Kinds - Published on
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I cannot convey enough just how much I love this book. From the very beginning, I was pulled into first Allie's life during the war, and then Lexi's life in modern England, and I immediately cared so much about these characters. In 1945 Allie is dying and is determined to leave her love story with Danny in the form of a diary, in the hopes that someday it will help someone who needs it - someone who is lost and needs to learn that love isn't always the way we imagine it will be...
It is 2010 when Lexi finds the diary on the grounds of Hollingsworth House, a house that calls to her very soul, and one she longs to own. At this point in Lexi's life, everything seems to be falling apart around her - her marriage appears to be over, her work is becoming less important to her, and her friends all seem to be struggling with their own issues, but her instincts tell her this house is where she is supposed to be. As Lexi navigates many new and terrifying changes in this story, we get to learn about Allie's life from the pages of her diary - the fear and harsh reality of war, mixed up with the meaning of true love - and as Lexi feels closer to Allie, Allie's words help Lexi figure out her own problems.

WHERE DRAGONFLIES HOVER by AnneMarie Brear weaves history and fiction, past and present effortlessly together in such a way that takes a reader's breath away. With stunning description, deep and meaningful characters, and a beautiful message of love, WHERE DRAGONFLIES HOVER by AnneMarie Brear is truly a book not to be missed.

*I voluntarily reviewed this book from LRR Promotions