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
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?!
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!
I loved how the story unwound taking the reader to different countries and continents. Interesting and likable characters. I enjoyed being deep in this book. I already miss them.
This was such a great story . I haven't read anything set in Australia since the Thorn Birds . Kimberly Freeman is a really good writer and I love Caroline Lee as a narrator .
I originally bought this book because I love the narrator. Caroline Lee is my absolute favorite. However, once started I could not put this down. Listened to it every chance I could find...even secretly at work. Wonderful multigenerational story encompassing misogyny, racism, the bond between mother and child, true love, and the way choices can radilcally change a life path.
Beattie is the heroine. Her belief in hard work and determination is inspirational. She is a woman full of grace and love who never gives up on life or people no matter the fault. I loved that the book covered her entire life, over many decades, her highs and lows, her loves and losses. Wonderful to see how it all turned out in the end.
It seemed the author just got tired or distracted and left out an ending. It could have been better, more complex, more engaging.
loved it narrater excellent but would have liked to hear more of lucy's reaction to fining out about her mother's family
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