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
Loved the story and Beatty's journey. But the parallel storyline really dragged for me, and the ending felt abrupt and a disappointing. Still really enjoyed the book, just hoped for more at the end.
I loved the strong female characters, the romance, the subplots and everything about this book.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
Perhaps, I like listening to the story it adds to the character development.
The story of work ethic and creativity overcoming obstacles.
Fantastic read couldn't wait to listen to it.
I love audioboks!
I would listen to this book again. The scenery and characters are too beautiful not to revisit.
I really loved the transformations of Betty and her granddaughter. They both had lives filled so many new chapters. It was great to see how much a person could change throughout their life.
I think betty was my fav
Charlie Harris! What a guy! I also really enjoyed the granddaughter though
I purchased this book for really cheap on an audible sale page, and I didn't have I hopes. WOW, it surprised me! This is a story and a geography that will stay with me forever to be sure :) it was also great to hear Caroline Lee's voice, I really enjoy her work!
Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.
Perhaps, though I would not expect it to be much more than a light read. The story was not bad, but it certainly wasn't one that was impossible to put down.
Remove the predictable outcomes of the relationships in the book.
The ballerina's voice was best. The Scottish accent on her mother was overdone.
No. Because as predictable as the story was you can pretty much figure out what is in store for the surviving characters.
The inter-weaving of the stories of grandmother and grand-daughter and how they were not the same but their similarities made Wildflower Hill change their lives for the better.
Loved the Scottish & Aussie accents used
Charlie. Meekness is a misunderstood word these days. It does not mean weakness, rather it is strength used wisely. Charlie took his strength and knowledge and used them in the best ways in each situation. He was gentle with children, strong & brilliant with the farm, understanding of the small-minded views of him and simply kept acting with wisdom and strength instead of a fight. And what beautiful passion he held for our heroin
I loved her ability to switch accents between Scotland, England and Australia. When reading, I often will re-read a conversation once I understand the inflection that the character would have had. Caroline brought feeling beautifully to each character without the temptation of over-acting
YES! I often listen to books only while driving but found myself plugging this story in at every opportunity - son's naps, dishes, laundry...
Deeply moved & recommending to family
Checked out the review page just to review this one
One of the best
There were so many important moments in this book, I can't pick just one. I feel like the whole book was a memorable moment. I feel like I've just lived another life.
I listened every moment I had and I created times to listen that I normally wouldnt have.
Avid reader....... passionately addicted to Audible!
A wonderful story.......Caroline Lee's voice is so delightful to listen to. Love the way the story went back and forth from past to present and did not want it to end. I highly recommend this book.
I would most definitely recommend this book to a friend. The story was amazing and it balanced the past and present beautifully. I was drawn in immediately and brought to tears several times. This story really, really touched my heart. I loved it!
Buy it!! I purchased this Audible book when it was on sale and after having read it, I would have paid FOUR times what I had to listen to it. I was touched by the love of Beattie and Charlie so much. The heartbreak completely pulled at every one of my heart strings. The struggles of being a young mother and working so hard to have the best for Lucy was familiar to me as well.
The performance was wonderful. The rich accents among the characters made the story and the geography come to life.
The ending was perfect.
Imagining the sky of Tasmania...very vivid writing made the farm come to life.
Beattie had such an interesting life, tragic and joyous at the same time.
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