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
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
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.
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
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