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Wildflower Hill Audiobook

Wildflower Hill

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Publisher's Summary

In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. But life is not about to follow the plan that Beattie had hoped for and fate will play her a cruel hand...

In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate. But on arrival she is presented with some surprising news – her recently deceased and much-loved grandmother Beattie Blaxland has left her Tasmanian property to Lydia. Told through the eyes of a young Beattie Blaxland and a contemporary Lydia Blaxland-Hunter, this is an emotionally charged, seductive tale of self-discovery, secrets and surprises.

©2010 Kimberley Freeman (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Michael BELLEVUE, WA, United States 02-06-11
    Michael BELLEVUE, WA, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Involving story, great reader!"

    The story is compelling and the reader is outstanding! She brings the characters and the various settings to life.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 04-10-11
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 04-10-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "a good read"

    I really enjoyed this story. It depicted the life and times so well and it's interesting to reflect how much society has changed its attitudes to young women in these circumstances. I look forward to reading more novels by this author.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jill United States 11-08-11
    Jill United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this story"

    I've never listened to or read this author's books, but I really enjoyed this. I have already downloaded her other audio book 'Duet'. I really liked the story and the performance was done very well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James 05-08-15
    James 05-08-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Felt like I was being sermonized."
    What did you like best about Wildflower Hill? What did you like least?

    Make no mistake, this is a book about "female empowerment" and "racial tolerance" and I felt as if I was being preached to. You'll have to excuse my insensitivity, but an undercurrent of these tired, contemporary social mores is not what I look for in entertainment. Time and again the author reinforces the fact that women are constantly having things "done to" them rather than controlling their own destiny. As a man, I happen to believe that the balance of power shakes out fairly evenly. The story does have merit and is cleverly written (even if most the the male characters are evil).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite part was where the heroine uses her feminine guile to make the biggest advance in her life, totally undermining all the moral platitudes that drape either side of the incident.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Caroline Lee is a superb narrator and I welcome the opportunity to hear her again.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-24-13
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    "What happened to the ending?"

    I really liked this book right up to the end. Then it just stopped. Left too many undone threads.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-20-12
    Karen 02-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book, wrong narrator"

    Wildflower Hill is an entertaining novel. It has nice plot development using time switches to drop hints about the direction of the story. The characters are well drawn and the pace of the story is fast enough to hold attention, although it is a bit predictable. So, all in all it is a pleasant way to pass a long journey or knitting project.
    Unfortunately, some of the novel is set in Scotland and one of the major characters is a Scot. This is unfortunate because the narrator, whom I usually like, can not come close to imitating the Scots accent. This makes those parts difficult to listen to. Thankfully, the Scots dialogue does not dominate the book. I wouldn't have been able to finish it if it had

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wilma W Bean 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love is blind and blinding."

    I wad swept away by the very realistic order of events that led to very real emotions and the natural responses of the human nature during difficult times. I also have bitter sweet feelings about somethings that were left unresolved, because in real life things aren't always sewn up in a neat little package. Very well written. And as always, very well narrated.

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    SpinningKat Virginia 08-19-16
    SpinningKat Virginia 08-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "oh my... a dreamy story"

    I don't think I have ever been so transported by a story before. (and I have listened to Outlander.) The narrator was superb... but the writing... the characters so well drawn, had depth.. and I really cared about them, or hated them, or was surprised... all these emotions. The listener is in for a treat.. you will visit Scotland, Tasmania, London, and really get to know and experience the landscape whether city or country. The story is rich and moves along at a satisfying pace. The story moves from Beatty... to her granddaughter, Emma.. as they struggle with their place in the world. Just loved it, sad it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christie chesterfield, VA, United States 07-17-16
    Christie chesterfield, VA, United States 07-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorites"
    Where does Wildflower Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is at least in the top three


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked everything about this book. It's one of those that just keeps pulling you along and you would listen all at once, but it's pretty long. In spite of that, I was thrilled it was long because I didn't want it to end.


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    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 07-07-16
    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 07-07-16 Member Since 2011
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    "So very, very good."

    This was such a wonderful story. It went by so fast, was so engaging that I was sorry when it was over. Don't worry about wasting a credit with this one. Just get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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