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Wildflower Hill Audiobook

Wildflower Hill

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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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    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.

    5 of 7 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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    Karen 05-13-16
    Karen 05-13-16 Member Since 2008
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    "I recommend it!"

    Great story and well written. Very enjoyable. Left you wanting to hear more at the end.

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    jessica hall 05-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved!"

    This kept me on the edge of my seat and it was very easy to get emotionally attached to the characters. Wasn't prepared for the book to end:(

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    Marrie Hadfield 04-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent novel and narration"

    This audio book made the drive to work shear pleasure. Wonderful characters were cleverly narrated.

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    kd seattle, wa 04-16-16
    kd seattle, wa 04-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping story, great narration, poor audio editing"

    Beautiful story that will stay with you. One of the most well written books I've read in awhile! Congratulations to Ms. Freeman for creating such a strong female character in Beattie.

    I love Caroline Lee's narration, usually. However the editor left in so much mouth noise it's unbelievable. So many loud swallows, distracting breaths, and even little burps. Why?!

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    Karissa 03-26-16
    Karissa 03-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful story!"

    I read this book because I was eager to read more historical frictions after finishing all of Kate Morton's books! I was delighted in how similar this book was to Kate Morton's but unique in its own way! I loved how I was kept entertained the whole entire time. Some historical fiction books take a while to get into but not this one! Beattie was a wonderful character with such perseverance and courage, it was impossible not to root for a happy ending for her!

    Overall, an amazing story of bravery and love that keeps you entertained the whole time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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