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
This is a great story... And I felt like the characters were well developed and we took the journey with them as readers. This is my first novel with this author. I cannot wait to read her other work.
Well when the alternative on my commute is listening to local radio deejays, yes. Otherwise, no.
No. It was too predictable. Her life was just TOO tragic and she never saw even the most obvious things coming. It was a decent story but it wasn't earth shaking like the other reviews led me to believe. And that Epilogue was cheap. C'mon - if I wanted something left to my imagination, I'd write my own book.
I would have loved Beattie to smack down some of her more obnoxious critics but it never happened.
Not really. I wish I had saved my credit for something else.
This book would have been terrible but for the talents of the Narrator. She is really very good.
This was an a great tale-it begins with Grandma Beady encouraging her young Granddaughter to follow her dream of being a great ballerina but also warning her not to narrow her sights in life. The story flips between Beady as a young woman in Scotland and follows the trials and tribulations of this incredibly strong woman., living in a time of harsh judgement dealt to women who didn't follow Society's "rules". The story then switches to her Granddaughter now grown and a famous Ballerina in London-no spoiler here:) Grandma Beady dies and leaves her Sheep Farm to her Granddaughter who unravels the untold tale of her Grandmother's life and discovers the child that she had and kept secret. I really enjoyed this book, hard to stop listening to--I will search for others by Kimberley Freeman. And of course the narrator-Caroline Lee is one of my all time favorites with the ability to truly capture the personality of each character. I recommend you listen to this book, or read!
The characters start manipulating each other in chapter one and continue throughout the whole book
Not very likely
Regret at the wasted time
I though the authors back and forth story line was excellent. She gave you just enough to make you keep reading. I loved this book. It is definitely one of my favorites. Caroline Lee's narration was spot on.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
This was a beautful book, well written and narrated. It flowed well and I enjoyed the story so much I didn't want it to end. Its about a spoilt young woman with the no worries in the world who has everything she wants and needs and her world comes crashing down. She is a dancer who sustains an injury and her career comes to a sharp end, her boyfirend iis cheating on her and her comfortable affluent world crashes. She takes a sabatical to her family home and her life changes...
I love to listen or read books...I have always got one or two books on the go at any one time. I am happily married, and live a quiet life.
I found this book played on every emotion for me. I cried as identified the loss of her daughter, identifying with my own losses from impossible decisions. As Beattie's life seemed to go by in a flash, and how she came to terms and go on with life. Perhaps its my own journey that I am going through that identified with Beattie's life. Then to see how the granddaughter's life would eventually become entwined and the lessons learned and understanding gained by her grandmother's life unfolding at Wildflower Hill.
I enjoyed this book to a point where I stayed up way too late at night listening, perhaps hoping against hope that decisions could have been remade and outcomes be different, when I knew that was wishful thinking...
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
What a life to have led!!! Wonderful characters, narrator, and story line! Some people were so critical back then and unforgiving. Beattie Blacksland worked so hard to get ahead and it paid off for her. She didn't let the naysayers get the best of her.
Historial books are my favorite. History is important, I think, so that we know what happened before we were all here. I will listen to this book again.
I can't say enough my surprise at the epic love story, parallel stories, modern and 70 years back - you won't soon forget it.
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