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 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
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!
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