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Wildflower Hill Audiobook

Wildflower Hill

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Tam 05-18-15
    Tam 05-18-15
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    "If you like Kate Morton...."

    Very similar writing, however, it could be the narration. Caroline Lee also narrates several Kate Morton novels. Good book, not great but worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katie Albany WA 03-09-15
    katie Albany WA 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it . narrater excellent really good story"

    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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    Julie Metamora, MI, United States 01-19-15
    Julie Metamora, MI, United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "QUITE LACKLUSTER, BUT I LIKED MAIN CHARACTER"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Better narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her accents were quite terrible.


    Do you think Wildflower Hill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KDogsHike 01-17-15
    KDogsHike 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Read!"

    I love the mysteries that intertwine the past and present. This was a great book and I hope to see more from this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 01-03-15
    Anne 01-03-15
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    "Beautiful story! Thank you."

    Beautiful and emotional. Detailed and descriptive. I got completely caught up in it. A very touching story told in a lovely way.

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    jillian United States 01-01-15
    jillian United States 01-01-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful read!!!!"

    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.

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    HunterJumper 11-18-14
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    "Meh..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well when the alternative on my commute is listening to local radio deejays, yes. Otherwise, no.


    Would you recommend Wildflower Hill to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have loved Beattie to smack down some of her more obnoxious critics but it never happened.


    Was Wildflower Hill worth the listening time?

    Not really. I wish I had saved my credit for something else.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would have been terrible but for the talents of the Narrator. She is really very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Turicik Plymouth, WI USA 10-29-14
    Jean Turicik Plymouth, WI USA 10-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "This book will be hard to put down......."

    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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    Linda 10-03-14
    Linda 10-03-14
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    "Worst one yet"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The characters start manipulating each other in chapter one and continue throughout the whole book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kimberley Freeman again?

    Not very likely


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Regret at the wasted time


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhunette 05-01-14
    Rhunette 05-01-14
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    "Great Story."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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