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It was a case that made international headlines in 2006: two small girls, Cedar, 3, and Hannah, 5, were abducted by their Lebanesea-Australian father, Joe, and flown into Lebanon in the middle of a war.Their distraught Canadian mother, Melissa Hawach, was left to figure out where her daughters were, if they were safe and what, if anything, she could do to get them back. WhIt was a case that made international headlines in 2006: two small girls, Cedar, 3, and Hannah, 5, were abducted by their Lebanesea-Australian father, Joe, and flown into Lebanon in the middle of a war.Their distraught Canadian mother, Melissa Hawach, was left to figure out where her daughters were, if they were safe and what, if anything, she could do to get them back. When the courts and all legitimate avenues failed her, Melissa had to make an agonising decision: should she break the law and snatch the children from their father? And how would she then be able to get them out of the increasingly dangerous Middle East? Gripping and clear-eyed, this is the inside story of a choice no parent should have to make....

Title : Flight of the Dragonfly
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ISBN : 9780732286767
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 370 Pages
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Flight of the Dragonfly Reviews

  • Sabrina Rutter
    2019-02-18 10:54

    I could not put this book down until I knew the outcome! The heartache this woman must have felt brings tears to my eyes.Melissa never thought her Lebanese-Australian husband whom she had been seperated with for ten months would kidnap their daughters and flee to Lebanon. He had not been to Lebanon since he was two years old having grown up in Australia. He had even told her once that he would never marry a Lebanese woman. Even when people warned her of possible parental abduction she paid it no mind thinking her husband would never have the desire to go to Lebanon.Melissa allowed her husband to take their daughters on a three week vacation from Canada to visit their fathers family in Australia. It came as a complete shock when Melissa was contacted a few days before the girls were due home and told that her children would not be coming back. Even more shocking was the fact that their father took them to a country in the middle of a war.This is an amazing story of courage and a great testament to the love a mother has for her children.

  • Tania Pearce
    2019-01-27 13:47

    This book was brilliant. Melissa was amazing in her strength, courage and determination to get her daughters back.

  • Carilyn
    2019-02-08 17:54

    Given that the subject matter was difficult (a ex-husband abducting his girls to war torn Lebanon), I felt this true story very engaging, and certainly a difficult journey for one determined mom.

  • Mary
    2019-02-12 14:42

    Powerful! Heart wrenching. The power of Love. WOW.

  • Adrianna Kowalska
    2019-01-26 11:47

    Z książkami z serii „Pisane przez życie” czy też „Zdarzyło się naprawdę” jest pewien zasadniczy problem, że ciężko się je ocenia. Nie możemy wtedy zarzucić autorowi bądź autorce, że gdzieś dał za mało akcji a gdzieś z kolei popchnął jak pendolino. Po prostu taki scenariusz miało życie i nie da się tego zmienić. Jednak, nawet historia, która toczyła się w ślimaczym tempie może zostać uratowana przez świetny styl. Może być również odwrotnie i tak właśnie było w przypadku książki „Oddajcie mi dzieci”. Melissa w Australii poznała swojego męża Joe’go, który z pochodzenia jest Libańczykiem. Krótka znajomość, krótki okres narzeczeństwa i ślub. Oboje czuli się samotni, więc wydawało im się, że u swojego boku znajdą w końcu upragnione towarzystwo i stabilizację. Dopiero po ślubie ujawnił się trudny i nieugodowy charakter Joe’go. Znęcał się nad Melissą, ale w sposób psychiczny, aż kobieta zastanawiała się nad każdym swoim krokiem. Nawet pojawienie się dzieci niczego nie zmieniło, chociaż w stosunku do nich odnosił się z największym szacunkiem – co jest wpisane w libańską kulturę. W końcu rodzina postanawia wyjechać do Kanady, czyli rodzinnego kraju autorki. Jednak tam również dzieje się źle w domu Hawachów. W końcu kobieta decyduje się na separację, a później na rozwód, co doprowadza do dramatycznych wydarzeń. Dziewczynki, które wyleciały na wakacje z ojcem do jego rodziny w Australii zostały przez niego uprowadzone do ogarniętego wojną Libanu. Ważnym aspektem obok całego porwania jest również fakt różnic kulturowych między małżonkami. Joe, mimo, że nie wydawał się zainteresowany kulturą Bliskiego Wschodu to jednak był w niej w jakiś sposób wychowany i nią przesiąknięty. Urodził się w Australii, ale wiele wskazuje na to, że największe przywiązanie do swoich korzeni okazują nie ludzie, którzy emigrują do innego kraju po nowe życie, ale ich dzieci, które urodziły się już w „nowej” ojczyźnie. To one najczęściej wracają do swoich korzeni i zagłębiają historię swojego kraju oraz jego kulturę. Podobnie było w przypadku Joe’go. Wiedział, że w Libanie większe prawa w stosunku do dzieci mają ojcowie i tam chciał walczyć o to by były zawsze z nim. Uwierzcie mi, że podziwiam zachowanie Melissy oraz to, z jaką determinacją walczył o to by Hannah i Cedar zostały sprowadzone do domu. Nigdy się nie poddała i zawsze to wierzyła, a na dodatek miała szczęście, że otaczali ją ludzie, którzy dawali jej wsparcie nie tylko duchowe, ale również finansowe. Bo półroczna walka o córki okazała się nadzwyczaj kosztowna. Z całą pewnością to jak zaangażował się cały świat i to jak bardzo sprawa została nagłośniona przed media zasługują na pozytywne zaskoczenie. Ale co z tego skoro nawet opis chwilowego życia na Bliskim Wschodzie został oddany bardzo słabo i bez żadnych emocji? Największym minusem książki jest nie akcja, ale styl napisania. Czasami gubiłam się w tym, co chciała mi przekazać autorka. Było sporo chaosu, ale także informacji, które utrudniały czytanie. Często czułam irytację, gdy wracałam do lektury, a raczej zmuszałam się do tego. Po prostu czasami ludzie mają do opowiedzenia wspaniałą historię, ale nie umieją jej ubrać w słowa i przelać na papier. Tak właśnie było w przypadku Melissy Hawach. Mogę również zrozumieć, że ta powieść miała jej pomóc w wyjściu z problemów finansowych, w jakie wpadła z powodu walki o dzieci. Jednak nawet to nie powoduje, że ta książka staje się odrobinę ciekawsza. „Ja również mocno wierzę w siłę dobrych intencji, w moc pozytywnych myśli, w to, że jeśli czegoś z całej duszy pragniemy, życzenie może się nam spełnić." ~ Melissa Hawach, Oddajcie mi dzieci, Wrocław 2012, s. 182.

  • Louise
    2019-02-19 17:45

    Story Description:During the summer of 2006, Melissa Hawach lived through every mother’s nightmare: her daughters, six-year-old Hannah and three-year-old Cedar, were kidnapped by their father and swept away to Lebanon in a desperate attempt to force a custody agreement. In this brave and gripping true-life account, Hawach narrates the extraordinary details of the kidnapping and the remarkable lengths to which she went in order to get her daughters back. From her home-turned-command-post in Calgary, to Sydney, Australia, to dangerous Hezbollah territory in Lebanon, Hawach and her hired security team plotted a reclamation strategy that relied on stop-watch execution, incredible amounts of cash and luck. Flight of the Dragonfly is a book written with courage and candor, bravery and passion. It will resonate with any parent who has lost a child if only for a moment.My Review:Melissa Hawach and her husband, Joe, lived in Calgary, Alberta and had been separated for just a few months. Their separation didn’t come with the usual knock ‘em down drag out fight, but instead they separated with harmonious agreement. Due to this amicable separation, it came as a bomb-shattering shock to Melissa when she received a phone call on July 19, 2006 from her brother-in-law informing her that her two beloved daughters were gone and weren’t coming back.Joe’s family lived in Australia and he had taken six-year-old Hannah and three-year-old Cedar to visit for 3 weeks, but when Melissa stopped hearing from them after only 2 weeks into their holiday, she was told Joe had actually taken the girls into war torn Lebanon, his original home. Melissa was told that Joe had no intentions whatsoever of bringing his daughters back to Canada. Melissa was shocked, devastated, and rocked to her core. Once in Lebanon, Joe was attempting to force a custody agreement.Melissa’s strength and courage defied the odds even though the obstacles thrown in her path would deter anyone else Melissa was never prepared to give up on Hannah and Cedar. With no money in the bank, thanks to a spending spree by Joe, Melissa turned to family and friends and eventually to private investigators to diplomatic and legal resources.This young woman went through any mothers’ worst nightmare but was willing to do anything to get her daughter’s back. She even travelled to both Australia and the very dangerous Lebanon. This is Melissa’s story. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry but most of all, it will make you want to hug your kids a little more each day. An absolutely amazing story!!

  • Michelle
    2019-01-29 15:04

    Maybe it's because I'm biased, that I did not like this book. Maybe because its that I've met her and her children. Maybe it's the fact that people I know make an appearance in this book. Maybe it's because she's stretched things to make it look like she was oh so 'woe is me'. Maybe it's a combination of all these things. However, I will not deny the pain and suffering that this women went through, and the courage (and perhaps nearsighted foolishness) it took to get her girls back. I have a very roundabout respect for her, believe me. It's just what she's written in the book has been embellished, and certain parts left out.

  • Clarence Paul
    2019-02-08 15:52

    Book tells a story of a mother's journey to rescue her kidnapped children from their Lebanon.At times you want to sympathise with Hawach but I can't help but feel a little irritated by her choices and actions. Then again, what would I know? I have no children. But if I did and they were kidnapped, I would probably be doing the same thing.This book is a good read not for the story that it tells but for the message that it sends about the issues of cultural clashes in relationships. I give it 3 stars.

  • SouthWestZippy
    2019-01-21 16:51

    Stopped reading on page 164 of 283 pages. Sorry what happen to the little girls. The grown ups should have gotten to know each other better first before they got married and had kids. Over the top details turned me off.I made myself go back and read the rest of the book. I am so happy I did. I did a lot of rethinking and now I can understand why the details were so necessary. Guts instincts and details were missed and that is why the girls were taken by their Father. In order to feel the full impact of the situation details are needed.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-27 18:40

    This book is written by Melissa Hawach (a Canadian) whose estranged Lebanese-Australian husband, Joe, took his daughters, Hannah (aged 5) and Cedar (aged 2) on a holiday to Australia in 2006. From there, he abducted them to Lebanon which was, at that time, at war with Israel. The case made international headlines at the time.With persistence, and the support of family, friends and agencies, she finally rescued her daughters.It is an amazing story and easily read - I read most of it while flying from the east coast of Canada to the west. Some tighter editing would have helped.

  • Trudy Jaskela
    2019-02-15 11:41

    In July 200, estranged husband took his daughters to Australia to visit his family. Instead of returning them back to their Mom in Calgary, he kidnapped them by taking them to Lebanon, his ancestral home. This book documents Melissa's 8 month ordeal in getting her daughters out of Lebanon and back to Calgary. A well-written story. A story about the trials of a cross-cultural relationship. Cost about 3/4 million dollars. Needed lawyers in 3 countries. Message to me - listen to your gut. Despite how embarassing it might be to leave a marriage, do not put up with verbal abuse.

  • Kari
    2019-02-02 16:50

    What a harrowing account of how far a mother would go for her children. A captivating story and one that I probably wouldn't have been able to read without knowing first that it had a happy ending. Melissa has lived every parent's greatest fear but is one tough cookie for safely bringing her girls home and then being able to relive it by writing about it. It was interesting to read about a strong local girl from Saskatchewan/Calgary and especially inspiring to read how my sister's book "I Promise I'll Find You" touched Melissa's life.

  • Nadine
    2019-01-27 18:42

    While this was an interesting true story that originated in Calgary I found the writing style tedious. I felt bad for her loss of her daughters but wondered how she could have really gotten herself in such a relationship and then allowed her husband to take the children on a trip. I was very impressed by the help she received both with those who went with her to help get her daughters back and the legal and financial support she received. I think it was a miracle that she got them home again.

  • Alicia
    2019-02-18 16:55

    Written by a mother (Canadian) whose children are abducted by their father who claims he is taking them on a vacation to Austrailia. The father is formerly from Lebanon and suceeds in crossing the border into Lebanon with the children during a period of civil unrest in 2006. This story is the mother's journey of her quest to reclaim her children and all the legal, political & religious barriers she faces. Eye-opening.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-20 12:41

    A facinating heartfelt story of a mother living through an unfathomable situation. Extentive detail around her own feelings as she struggles with extraordinarily difficult choices bring the reader aboard as a passenger travelling from Calgary (Canada) to Australia, Lebanon and Syria.Throughout the different phases of the search for her two young girls, the mother maintains an admirable level of respect for both the abducting father and his family.

  • Audrey
    2019-02-05 15:08

    This is an incredible true story of a Canadian mother who goes to great length to get back her daughters. She has to go Australia and finally to Lebanon to retrieve them. It is an a harrowing account and hard to put down. It is an amazing story of a very brave and determined woman and the love for her children.

  • Valerie
    2019-02-06 14:52

    I cannot imagine ever having to go through a situation like this mother did. She wrote an emotional and detailed account of the kidnapping of her daughters by their father. She had a great support system and financial help whereas many people in this same situation would never see their children again.

  • Alice
    2019-02-20 15:47

    How many children get misplaced this way every year at the cost of their small lives. It was a good book but sad too. That is a great expense for the mother to have to pay to get the children back, but she did, and never gave up!!!

  • Mellissa
    2019-01-22 12:54

    Knew the basic story already, thanks to Woman's Day, but it was good to read all the nitty-gritty details, plus a bit more background. This woman is much more graceful toward her ex-husband than I would be in the same circumstances - she's amazing.

  • Rb
    2019-02-02 12:56

    I had just read "not without my daughter". So it felt like id read it already. But i would eate it high as this kept you wanting to read to find out how this goes. You find yourself motivating her on in the book.

  • Madeleine McLaughlin
    2019-02-04 17:43

    Riveting book about a parental abduction and what the mother went through to get her daughters back. It makes you wonder how cruel some people can be in the name of love, meaning the father who takes his daughters to an at-war Lebanon.

  • Lauren
    2019-01-21 14:49

    This is a totally gripping tale of a parental child abduction that occurred in my home town. I would have given it 5 stars if it hadn't been for the writing style which was a little choppy. The story was intense and I truly couldn't put the book down.

  • Alison
    2019-01-29 14:52

    A well written and the amazing story of a Moms search for her two daughters Hannah, 6 and Cedar, 3 taken by her estranged husband. Definitely worth a read.

  • Monique
    2019-02-09 17:47

    a very intresting story but not a page turner. I am finding it hard to pick up. Took me a while but I did finish it. Good True story.

  • Laurie Toews
    2019-01-31 17:40

    Excellent read!! Same vein as Not Without My Daughter but with Saskatchewan/Alberta ties. Well written and easy to read!!

  • Lee
    2019-01-30 11:08

    foudn ti to be a bit repeptitive and dis jointed but was glad she got them back. enjoyed the middle east part of the story best

  • Stacey St,
    2019-02-12 11:53

    Great book. A heart breaking story that ends happily. I just can't believe things like this happen but they do!

  • Vivian
    2019-02-10 19:04

    a story of a mother's love brings this mother to find her missing daughters. I however didn't like how she treated her father during the story.

  • Mortalform
    2019-02-05 16:42

    Writing style isn't the most effective for the message or the story. A lot of jumping backward and forward in the narrative and even more repetition. Wrenching story though, worth a read.

  • Naren Davies
    2019-02-21 17:42

    This is a great book and what this woman did to get her babies back is amazing. This was a great book lots of women don`t have a happy ending when put in this place. I definatly recomend this book.