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Dragonflies at Night
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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?
Guest Post from Dragonflies at Night author Anne Marie Bennett
A Celebrity Love Story
I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of “celebrity,” from my very first crush in the 60’s on Bobby Sherman, to my current favorite—Josh Groban.
One time, in my thirties, I was waiting for someone at Logan Airport in Boston when I caught sight of Michael J. Fox being escorted through the terminal by his entourage. I was a fan, of course (those were the days of Family Ties and Back to the Future.) I was thrilled to see him right there a few feet away from me, but it surprised me that so many people were screaming his name and trying to touch him. That seemed totally bizarre to me, and I felt a good deal of sympathy for him. In my eyes, he was “just a guy” walking through an airport, and it woke me up to a certain awareness of how celebrities are almost revered by the public, to the point of sometimes losing their true identities.
Flash forward to 2014 when I began writing fiction again. Like I mentioned above, I have a little crush on Josh Groban. Yes, I know I’m old enough to be his mother, but there is just something about him and his music that is so real and authentic! As I followed him on social media and attended some of his concerts, I found myself wondering how difficult it might be for a celebrity like him to find someone who loves him for who he is and not for what he can do for them. Part of me wanted to find someone like that for Josh, and the more I pondered this, the more the character of Ben Shepherd, the musician, came through for me.
As you read Dragonflies at Night, you’ll see that Ben is his own self, separate from Josh Groban. In fact, as I was writing, I was imagining Bens’ face and hearing his music as a beautiful cross between Jason Mraz and Josh Groban!
The next step for me was to create a character who was so strong in her own self that she would be able to see the real person underneath all the trappings of Ben’s celebrity. And that love story begins to unfold when Savannah meets Ben at a yoga retreat center in the mountains of western Massachusetts.
What about you? Do you have a favorite celebrity? Have you ever met one in person (I’ll tell you about Kenny Loggins another time!)? I’d love to hear your stories!
As a matter of fact, I’ve met a few! This was one of my favorite times though. Meeting the cast of Single Parents was great, and just look at how tall Brad Garrett is! He was so nice…they all were. Then there was the time Tom Hiddleston was 5 rows behind me at the Thor: Ragnarok premiere….but that’s another story…
Thanks for sharing this story with us! Ben sounds like a great guy!
About Anne Marie Bennett
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.
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