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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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Where Dragonflies Hover (Choc Lit): When a stranger's life is more intriguing than your own ... Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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The writing is especially poignant when describing the combat life of a nurse in the middle of WWI. For those who enjoy a rich historical tale that blends with modern day reality, this one is definitely a choice to savour! --InD'tale Magazine

Wow! Wow! Wow! I was intrigued when I picked up Where Dragonflies Hover , (WWI Nursing, crumbling old manors and romance are the perfect combination to me) but as I delved into the story that AnneMarie Brear created, I was captivated, enchanted and completely in love with the characters, story, setting...just everything! This really is a truly special novel. --Sorcha O'Dowd, Old Victorian Quill

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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 Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01D0KA7JA
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love dual time-frame stories and this one certainly didn't disappoint. The story begins with Lexi in the present day and her wish to buy the fabulous Hollingsworth House that has been empty for years. Lexi sees the 'for sale' sign and decides to take a look around the exterior and finds herself in the boathouse. Once inside she finds an old journal, written by Allie, an Australian nurse during her time in France in the First World War.

From there the story splits between Lexi and her strained relationship with her husband - she desperately wants to buy the old house, he doesn't want the house and would rather just concentrate on his work. Lexi knows that the desire to acquire the house is something she can't ignore and she goes ahead anyway, while her husband goes off to London to pursue his career.

Lexi spends her time outside of work clearing and decorating the rooms of the house whilst also reading her way through the journal where Allie tells her story of working in the field hospital while the war rages around her. Despite everything she tells herself that it is a bad idea, Allie falls in love and her journal documents the stolen moments spent with her officer and the ultimate scandal their love caused.

This is one of those books that I didn't want to put down, eager to read more of Lexi and Allie's stories. It is a very well written story with so many details of the First World War that you almost can feel yourself there with the bombs exploding around you. It was my first AnneMarie Brear story but it probably won't be my last, very enjoyable from start to finish.

Thanks to Choc Lit and NetGalley for the advance reader copy.
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2016
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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.
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Wow! Wow! Wow! I was intrigued when I picked up ‘Where Dragonflies Hover’, (WWI Nursing, crumbling old manors and romance are the perfect combination to me) but as I delved into the story that AnneMarie Brear created, I was captivated, enchanted and completely in love with the characters, story, setting…just everything! This really is a truly special novel.

The modern day scenes were beautifully wistful of a time gone by, and I loved following Lexi’s journey as she struggled to make her marriage work, but also to embrace the life she wanted to live. Brear did a fantastic job in creating a believable and heartfelt crack in Lexi and Dylan’s marriage, and not once did I hate Dylan, only felt sad that he wouldn’t fight for Lexi more, and vice-versa. All too often, authors make tension by creating unlikable, overly evil charachatures of the men who break their partners hearts, but with Dylan, Brear created a heartbreaking, realistic depiction of a relationship that was falling apart, no matter how much Lexi and he loved each other.

Alternating between Lexi’s struggle in the modern day, we enter the horrors of the First World War Front Line. Allie was a fantastic character, and brilliantly portrayed the no-nonsense, over-worked but feeling and caring nurse of the military hospitals of WWI. Researched to perfection, and as real to me as any contemporary setting, I believed every second of Allie’s hospital work. For anyone who, like me, is still in mourning that the BBC axed ‘The Crimson Field’ after only one series, then this will fantastic story will give you what we all wanted in a second series.

I could blabber away about the perfection of this book for pages, but it wouldn’t be coherent. All I can say is; please, please read this amazing book. It has stayed with me for days, and has inspired me as a reader and writer!

5+ Stars!

*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Lexi and Allie. Incorporating Allie's story, mostly set in WW1, bought the realities of nursing in those terrible times to life. Cleverly balanced with Lexi's 21st century life, the two stories intertwined beautifully. Wonderful characters and a great story. You can't ask for more than that.
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