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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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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 04-24-14
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 04-24-14 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Beautifully writtten and narrated"

    This was a beautful book, well written and narrated. It flowed well and I enjoyed the story so much I didn't want it to end. Its about a spoilt young woman with the no worries in the world who has everything she wants and needs and her world comes crashing down. She is a dancer who sustains an injury and her career comes to a sharp end, her boyfirend iis cheating on her and her comfortable affluent world crashes. She takes a sabatical to her family home and her life changes...

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    Sharon 04-22-14
    Sharon 04-22-14

    I love to listen or read books...I have always got one or two books on the go at any one time. I am happily married, and live a quiet life.

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    "Surprisingly Intriguing"

    I found this book played on every emotion for me. I cried as identified the loss of her daughter, identifying with my own losses from impossible decisions. As Beattie's life seemed to go by in a flash, and how she came to terms and go on with life. Perhaps its my own journey that I am going through that identified with Beattie's life. Then to see how the granddaughter's life would eventually become entwined and the lessons learned and understanding gained by her grandmother's life unfolding at Wildflower Hill.

    I enjoyed this book to a point where I stayed up way too late at night listening, perhaps hoping against hope that decisions could have been remade and outcomes be different, when I knew that was wishful thinking...

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    MS 03-02-14
    MS 03-02-14 Member Since 2010

    I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!

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    "Wonderful!"

    What a life to have led!!! Wonderful characters, narrator, and story line! Some people were so critical back then and unforgiving. Beattie Blacksland worked so hard to get ahead and it paid off for her. She didn't let the naysayers get the best of her.

    Historial books are my favorite. History is important, I think, so that we know what happened before we were all here. I will listen to this book again.

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    Amazon Customer United States 03-02-14
    Amazon Customer United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2010

    Romance Junkie

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    "Don't Let the Title Fool You - Not a Light Story"

    I can't say enough my surprise at the epic love story, parallel stories, modern and 70 years back - you won't soon forget it.

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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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    "Fantastic Book"

    I loved the strong female characters, the romance, the subplots and everything about this book.

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    Janet 12-04-13
    Janet 12-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book"

    Moving story about Emma a prima ballerina that has a career ending injury. As result she is forced to reevaluate her priorities. She begins to dive into her grandmother's past history. This writer reminds me of Kate Morton. the plot has lots of dimensions.

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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 Member Since 2015

    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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