A lost diary connects two women, a century apart, in a beguiling romance of lost love and forbidden secrets.
Lexi O’Connor is at a crossroad with her exhausting career and her splintering marriage when she becomes enthralled with Hollingsworth House. To the concern of her husband, Dylan, the crumbling old Georgian mansion in the historic parish town of Wakefield has turned into an obsession for Lexi. Never more so than when Lexi discovers an old diary hidden on the grounds—its beckoning first words an irresistible invitation: So, you found it. I knew you would. Read with your heart . . .
Within the pages of the intimate journal, Lexi meets Allie. The Australian nurse was working in France during the First World War, embroiled in the horrors of the frontlines, and the passion of a forbidden love. In the lonely nights that follow, Allie’s diary becomes Lexi’s companion, comforting her in moments of darkness and pain. As Lexi reads, Allie’s scandalous connection to Hollingsworth is revealed, drawing Lexi deeper into the illuminating secrets of the past.
“An emotional, satisfying read with plenty of fascinating turns and twists . . . An engrossing tale of the ability of the human spirit to persevere!” —GreatHistoricals
About the author
AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses, and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Brear’s interests include reading, genealogy, watching movies, spending time with family, and eating chocolate—not always in that order! She grew up in Australia but now lives in the UK.
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