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 …
In My Opinion
I loved this tender & charming story.
The first chapter feels quite stilted & formal, using language that feels uncomfortable for the modern reader but it very rapidly sets the scene of a different era and it is worth persevering through. After a few chapters I was totally immersed in Allie and Lexi’s stories. Lexi’s home is well described and easily visualised. In contrast the details of Allie’s life during the war bring to life the true horrors, and it was interesting to have a female perspective. It felt as though the author had done proper research & reading about Anne-Marie’s passion for history when I reached the end of the book would seem to confirm this.
Thank you Choc-Lit for giving me a copy to review