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Wildflower Hill | [Kimberley Freeman]

Wildflower Hill

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. 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.
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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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    Dea NEW ROCHELLE, NY, United States 01-20-14
    Dea NEW ROCHELLE, NY, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic- except for ending"
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    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.

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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 01-03-14
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    I loved the strong female characters, the romance, the subplots and everything about this book.

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    C. Oneal California 11-25-13
    C. Oneal California 11-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "fantastic Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wildflower Hill to be better than the print version?

    Perhaps, I like listening to the story it adds to the character development.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of work ethic and creativity overcoming obstacles.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic read couldn't wait to listen to it.

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    Julia Flemington, NJ, United States 11-24-13
    Julia Flemington, NJ, United States 11-24-13

    I love audioboks!

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    "Surprisingly great story!"
    Would you listen to Wildflower Hill again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. The scenery and characters are too beautiful not to revisit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    I think betty was my fav


    Who was the most memorable character of Wildflower Hill and why?

    Charlie Harris! What a guy! I also really enjoyed the granddaughter though


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 11-21-13
    Sharon West Monroe, LA, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2009

    Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.

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    "Predictable Story LIne"
    Would you try another book from Kimberley Freeman and/or Caroline Lee?

    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.


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

    Remove the predictable outcomes of the relationships in the book.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    The ballerina's voice was best. The Scottish accent on her mother was overdone.


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

    No. Because as predictable as the story was you can pretty much figure out what is in store for the surviving characters.


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    Ruthie SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 11-16-13
    Ruthie SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Best book I've listened to, so far. Deeply moving"
    What did you love best about Wildflower Hill?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I often listen to books only while driving but found myself plugging this story in at every opportunity - son's naps, dishes, laundry...


    Any additional comments?

    Deeply moved & recommending to family
    Checked out the review page just to review this one

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    Amazon Customer 11-12-13
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    "Beautiful, heart wrenching,but well worth the pain"
    Where does Wildflower Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wildflower Hill?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened every moment I had and I created times to listen that I normally wouldnt have.


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    "unknown" 11-10-13
    "unknown" 11-10-13 Member Since 2010

    Avid reader....... passionately addicted to Audible!

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    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.

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    Courtney Nebraska, USA 10-31-13
    Courtney Nebraska, USA 10-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So unexpectedly wonderful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Vickie PRINEVILLE, OREGON, United States 10-27-13
    Vickie PRINEVILLE, OREGON, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Wildflower Hill the most enjoyable?

    The performance was wonderful. The rich accents among the characters made the story and the geography come to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wildflower Hill?

    The ending was perfect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Imagining the sky of Tasmania...very vivid writing made the farm come to life.


    If you could take any character from Wildflower Hill out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Beattie had such an interesting life, tragic and joyous at the same time.


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