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Where Dragonflies Hover

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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 d
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published April 8th 2016 by Choc Lit
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Veronica ⭐️
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Solid writing and I love dual-timeline stories. Once again, I preferred the past story and felt the turmoil the medical staff went through in WW1. I didn't particularly care for any of the leads, but the modern ones were just awful for me. Whiny, pouty and plain bitchy - the lot of them. Do couples know how to communicate today? 3 stars because of the writing, the story was a little disappointing for me.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest opinion.**
Deanne Patterson
This is my first book by Annemarie Brear. I love historical fiction and it sounded fascinating so I decided to give it a chance. I am so glad I did. I was just blown away by this book.
Where Dragonflies Hover features a dual timeline. A World War I nurse, Allie is an Australian nurse working in France. Trying her best to help patients she is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of men needing taken care of. That doesn't stop her from doing her duty though. She falls in love with one of her patients,a
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great dual-timelined story rich in atmosphere and emotions! Lexi and Allie are two women who share the same first name, Alexandria, and are connected though time with the diary Allie wrote about her life and which Lexi reads during a time of turmoil for her. Allie's life laid out on the diary pages is cathartic for Lexi helps mend her fragile heart. It's got romance, mystery, & history--who could ask for more? Great pacing and details!

**Many thanks to NetGalley and ChocLit for an e-galley to r
Sorcha O'Dowd
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 marriag
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has two story lines connected by a diary. Allie is a nurse during World War I and falls in love with Danny, a married man who is a Captain in the British Army. She keeps a diary of their love and dies near the end of World War II. Lexi finds the diary when she tours the house in the hopes of buying it in present day. With her marriage already shaky, her husband Dylan leaves when she goes ahead and buys the estate outside of London. This is one of the best stories I have read that has t ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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, a
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Tara Chevrestt
May 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Cannot stand this story. I read the entire thing because I enjoyed the nursing stuff very much, but I can't stand the heroes and don't feel it makes good romantic reading to see heroines fall in love and take back douchebags.

The modern woman...wth? He isn't there for the home renovation, for the carrying of baby, he comes back into the picture after the hard work is done...and you let him???? And the past heroine...nothing but a mistress. Seriously? When did that begin getting glamorized? I also
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice easy read. This is a duel time line 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 the war and the medical facilities available at the time.
At times I thought the change from the present day 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 qui
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 ...more
Kelly Lacey
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love, love and the heartwrenching adventures it takes us on, then this is a book for you. We are spoiled with stories both past and present. With loveable characters and an exciting and compassionate story. I was taken on a whirlwind tour of emotions whilst reading. You will need a little box of tissues next to you as you read it. I found the book to be very relatable to a period of time in my life. So when the modern day character found the journal and feels it was written for her, I was ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, net-galley
I love dual time stories and loved both eras in this book.
Lexi is drawn to Hollingsworth house even though her husband has no interest in moving in. Whilst looking round she comes across a diary which makes her more determined to own the house. The diary provides the historical narrative.
There is such a lovely, easy writing style that draws you into both stories. You can imagine the house as it was and loved hearing Lexi's plans and the way her parents help her to achieve this.
There are some won
Aishling  Murphy
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow I totally enjoyed this book every page of it. The story of Allie and her love for one man Danny during WW1 the hardship that they encounter but how their love got them through it. To the present day and Lexi who is married to Dylan as her marriage falls apart can she really forgive him him ..This is truly a great read where love really does conker all. Brilliant book 5*+
Angela Rios
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read...captivating for sure. It just ended quite abruptly with much left to be desired.
Susan Birrell
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction and this didn't disappoint. Think it would make a great movie or mini series. ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book. I especially enjoyed the chapters written from Allie's point of view. As a nurse I found it very interesting to learn more about WW1 from a nurses perspective. ...more
Joanna Lambert
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

Australian nurse Alexandria Jamieson is stationed in a World War I field hospital looking after the wounded before they are shipped back home to recuperate. When Captain Daniel Hollingsworth arrives, the practical no nonsense Allie who had told herself she would never fall in love, is instantly attracted to him. As he waits to return to England to fully recover from his wounds, a friendship blossoms between Captain and Nurse. Danny is trapped in a marriage of convenien
Suzie Groers
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love dual timeframe 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 re
Karen Mace
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I received a copy of this via NetGalley and Choc-Lit in return for a fair and honest review.

I'm a huge fan of Time-slip stories and have to say this is one of the best I've ever read. The level of description in both timelines is all encompassing and both characters stories work so well alongside each other that it just makes a pleasure to read

One part of the book is set in 1945 from the perspective of Australian nurse Allie and her extremely detailed and often harrowing descriptions of life in
Cathy Geha
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 her ...more
Margaret Taylor
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First time reading this author

If you are looking for a book to read try this one. You will then find yourself looking for other books by this as author. Thoroughly enjoyable read. It left me with a good feeling inside.
Emma Crowley
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Previous to reading Where Dragonflies Hover I had never read anything nor heard of Annmarie Brear. Yet Annmarie seems to have quite a back catalogue and I think she would be an author whose previous books I would like to go back and read at some stage. When Sharon pointed out this book to me and I then read the blurb I had a feeling it would appeal to me as it mixed the present with the historical element featuring World War One. It also had the added bonus of featuring a diary which would help ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Where Dragonflies Hover by AnneMarie Brear is a beautifully written novel capturing the essence of what it is to really love someone. It’s 2010 and Lexi a thirty something solicitor is feeling restless in her marriage to Dylan a Doctor at the local hospital. She becomes increasing drawn to Hollingsworth House, a Georgian manor house for sale on the edge of Leeds. One day Lexi visits the house and finds an old diary hidden away in the old boat house, as Lexi begins to read she becomes consumed by ...more
Jennifer Lara
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where Dragonflies Hover by AnneMarie Brear is the story of two women connected through a diary. The story opens in 1945, Alexandria “Allie” Jameson, whose health is fading, is determined to finish the story of her and Daniel. Allie was a nurse in France during World War I when she meets Captain Daniel “Danny” Hollingsworth as she nursed him back to health after he was wounded in battle. Fast forward to 2010, Alexandria “Lexi” O’Connor is a successful solicitor and married to a successful doctor ...more
Anna Clifton
This is a rich, earthy story about two women, Allie and Lexi, who live in different periods in time (WW1 and present day) but share a passionate love for the same house. Through their connections to this beautiful English house they both find the solace and strength they will need to live their lives in ways that are purposeful, meaningful and true to themselves. Across time the two of them also form a "relationship" of something akin to mentor and friend through the experience of one woman writ ...more
Tina Stringer
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, part of it was set in West Yorkshire where I grew up, and the secondary plot was set at the time of the First World War which I also find very interesting, so a good fit for me.

The story involves two couples, Lexi and Dylan in the present day, and Allie and Danny in the time of the First World War. Lexi and Danny's marriage is going through a difficult patch, not helped by the fact that Lexi buys Hollingsworth House against his wishes. She finds an old diary there wh
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an emotional powerhouse AnneMarie Brear has given us with Where Dragonflies Hover. The title caught my interest but the dual stories from past then the present held it. I was impressive by the delicate parallel was between Alexandria (Allie) Jamieson at a time of world turmoil and Alexandria (Lexi) O’Connor at a time of personal turmoil.

Certainly, there is love in this story but it is more of a blueprint of what to do to keep that love from fading. A marvelous though provoking story o
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 r
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hollingsworth Hall stands neglected and unloved until Lexi O’Connor decides in a moment of despair to leave her crumbling marriage and renovate the Hall. Lexi discovers an old notebook in the boathouse written by Alexandria, lover of Daniel Hollingsworth and previous owner of the Hall.
Written in the alternate voices of Lexi and Alexandria this is the wonderful stories of two couples, separated by a century yet linked by the Hall.
I loved the way the stories entwined and left a sense of completio
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Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. Her passions, apart from writing, are travelling, reading, researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.

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