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
I really liked this book right up to the end. Then it just stopped. Left too many undone threads.
A friend recommended the book. I didn't know what to expect. I really enjoyed it and have recommended it to a number of people since.
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
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).
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.
Caroline Lee is a superb narrator and I welcome the opportunity to hear her again.
The story was excellent, and grabbed me right away. It is a story of loss, hope, and family, all my favorite themes. The narrator is very good, her voice and accent pleasant. You can't go wrong with this book. I hated to see it end.
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The most beautiful book I've ever listened to. I want to listen to more and more of Kimberly Freeman's 430 Beresford Ave., Redwood City CA 94061. She is an amazing author and the narrator Caroline Lee is superb, as always. Bravo!
loved it narrater excellent but would have liked to hear more of lucy's reaction to fining out about her mother's family
Well, I don't regret listening to this since it has been in my wish list for some time. Now I know what to expect from Freeman's writing. Beattie's character was the only saving grace in this mediocre story. Carolina Lee struggled with her accents. Her rolling R's made Beattie sound like a vampire from Transylvania lore. Lee's narration is usually charming. The structure of this book is quite similar to Kate Morton's, but Wildflower Hill is quite lackluster and predictable in comparison to Morton's books in this genre.
Her accents were quite terrible.
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