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 …
I do love a good time slip story and this is an excellent one!
The story of Lexi, her house, and Dylan is very up to date and resonant of many marriages today. Life gets in the way and they start to follow different paths. I suspect it was Lexi's unhappiness that made her obsess about the house.
This contrasts beautifully with Allie & Danny's story, set in France and England during the Great War. Their behaviour was not common in those days - except for those involved in the actual fighting and care of the soldiers. They seized every opportunity to be happy, never knowing when they might meet again, or even if. The diary was a fascinating insight into the frontline hospitals of France and Belgium.
I loved that Allie's diary helped Dylan see things more clearly and understand Lexi a bit more.
What would be really nice is that this is the first of a series, following the women of the legal firm. They all have stories.
Overall, the feeling I got from the book was, "Follow your heart". Both Lexi and Allie did, and they both ultimately found happiness.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.