On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Welcome to the book tour for Dragonflies at Night by Anne Marie Bennett! I was drawn to this book for many reasons, and I'm sharing my book review with you today. I also have an excerpt for you over at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Enjoy the rest of the tour as well, and best of luck entering the giveaway!
Dragonflies at Night:
More Than a Love Story
By Anne Marie Bennett
Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 365 Pages
September 22, 2020 by KaleidoSoul Media
A dragonfly brings a mother’s love to a grieving daughter.
Meet Savannah, the thirty-something owner of Life Celebrations, a party planning business. Despite losing both parents as a teenager, Savannah is creating a positive life for herself, surrounded by friends and co-workers who are now her family. But she also has a secret—as much as she wants to settle down and have children, she is afraid to, for fear of getting cancer and having to leave them without their mother, as she herself was left behind years ago.
Meet Deirdre Rose, Savannah’s mother. She continues to watch over Savannah, who feels deeply connected to her mother whenever she sees a dragonfly.
Now meet Ben, a thirty-something recording artist who is good-looking, talented, and a household name. Despite his fame, Ben is lonely. He trusts few people because it seems everyone wants something from him instead of getting to know who he really is.
Savannah and Ben cross paths when they meet at a yoga retreat in the Massachusetts Berkshires. They are drawn to each other’s creativity and outlook on life. She sees beyond his celebrity and he admires her strength in what she’s had to overcome.
What happens when the retreat ends and they go their separate ways? Will they be able to make a long distance relationship work? Can Savannah put aside her fears, and will Ben allow himself to be truly vulnerable?
Above all . . . what message do Deirdre Rose and Dragonfly have for both of them?
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I was drawn to this book for many reasons. First, the cover is stunning. I love that color combination. And then the dragonfly, both on the cover and in the title. Dragonflies have long been one of my "spirit animals," ever since I was a young child. They often dance around me and often bring me peace. I have noticed them even more since losing my grandmother and parents. (Quick aside, the colors on this cover are me and my grandma's favorite colors.) Also, I had a friend pass away unexpectedly earlier this year and am pretty sure he came back to us many times as a dragonfly. But I digress...
Then there is also the story blurb. I am a sucker for rock star romances. I have almost always dated musicians. And how many of us have that dream of finding someone to love for whom we can be a muse? I just had a really good feeling about this story.
The opening part gutted me, though, and I had to pause. It's told from Savannah's mother's point of view. She is dying of cancer and is essentially my age. It was gut wrenching. But I also loved her explanation of the power and meaning of dragonflies, most of which I had already know from my own fascination.
But then we fast forward into Savannah's life in her 30s, an independent woman with her own business. (And of course, I love that her best friend is named Andi.) Savannah encounters Ben while on a yoga retreat. Of course, he is a famous musician. The two of them are just naturally drawn to each other. And I love watching them build up their friendship as they are learning how to trust and heal from previous failed relationships, while also just being real with each other. Definitely for Ben, that is a breath of fresh air in his chaotic public life.
That's not to say that it's an easy road for the two of them, especially while in the limelight. But you just instinctively know that they are right for each other. Plus you have a bit of help from the other side. I truly believe in guardian angels, and Savannah has plenty.
This really was a feel-good romance that warmed my heart after a long and crazy week.
Thank you to the author and Prism Book Tours for the requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Anne Marie Bennett was touched by a dragonfly once and has never forgotten its message. She has published books about her cancer journeys and the process of SoulCollage®. This is her first women’s novel.
One winner will receive an ebook of All You Need is Love and Lilacs, a dragonfly suncatcher, and a $25 Amazon eGift Card (dragonfly suncatcher to US winner only, international winner will receive ebook and gift card only)
Ends October 14, 2020