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
The story is compelling and the reader is outstanding! She brings the characters and the various settings to life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a great story of love found and love lost, forbidden love and a heartwarming ending. I couldn't put book down it draws you in and leaves you breathless
Lover of historical fiction. I have turned to audiobooks to supplement scare reading time, amidst a busy job and parenting.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would after the first couple of chapters. The window on discrimination meted out against so called 'sinners' (an unwed mother) and 'blacks' (an aboriginal man) felt authentic in its portrayal. So did the oppression of the small town against non-conformists and the lack of alternatives to pack up and leave in depression-era Tasmania. Some other elements of the plot were irritatingly predictable - the wounded, sensitive (handsome) small-town man versus the successful, insensitive (also handsome) snobbish London love interest of the modern-day protagonist. Thankfully, the rest of the story set in 1930s Scotland and Tasmania was sufficiently compelling to overlook the spoiler alert (not!) of the 'which one will she choose' sub-plot. Truthfully, I would classify this a chick-lit. Nevertheless, it is a much higher quality than the norm and a good listen for someone always on the lookout for lengthy audiobooks a cut above the norm.
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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