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
I love to travel. The settings stimulated my desire to travel.
I personally identified with being an outcast in a small town and feeling rejected because of lies told about me.
I enjoyed Wildflower Hill although some of the details didn't seem realistic. Issues of having no money but managing anyway and leaving children for so long didn't ring true for me.
The story is intriguing as it takes the reader from London to Australia. A young woman, Beatie, gets involved with a married man and leaves with him for Australia to escape his wife. The book starts with the difficulties Beatie faced and then moves to Emma in the the future. Emma is a 30 year old ballet dancer who as a career ending accident. As the book moves back and forth in time showing connections to the characters and telling two stories, it's really hard to put down. I also love listening to this narrator who brings so much to the story. I'll be looking for more books from this author.
I liked the character, Emma, as she is the one gathering the clues.
The narrator changes her accent and tone in such a way that you feel as though you are listening to a play. I also just like listening to the Australian accent. It's beautiful.
If I could rename the book, I would call it, Beattie's Secret.
You must buy this and listen right away! Great story that keeps you involved from the first to the last page!
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
the determined will, unparalleled success, and buried secrets of the grandmother.
and the poignancy of the granddaughter's experience in finding a new life, love and interest in others.
there are a multitude of memorable moments: the near-drowning of a child is one of the first of these.
Not sure I've heard her other performances, but this one is spectacularly well-done.
I wouldn't rename it.
I will continue to listen to/read titles from this author. My own mind was opened when this book was finished to the many incidents in my own life; those I have kept secret for many years, friends who have helped me along the way, and others who have looked down imperiously with "moral" judgment upon my actions. It lead me to wonder if I could ever set down my own story and somehow leave it to be read by my grandchild after I am gone.
I have no problem with the narrator, but I prefer literature to love stories.
I would have to have a good reason.
Emma, only because her dialect wasn't extreme.
This book will be loved by anyone who loves a novel that continually talks about piercing tears. It's a love story
I seldom find a book that is so captivating....I wish there was a sequel available.
As usual Kimberley Freeman did not disappoint with her latest book. Not my usual genre but the subjects she writes about are so well researched I make an exception.I have read Duet by same author and loved that .The narration is also superb. However, I think I could listen to Caroline Lee read from a cereal packet so imagine how good it is to listen to such a beautifully written book.
Cant wait for the next book
I really enjoyed this story, especially the bits about Beattie. It reminds me a lot of Tamara McKinley's book, of whoch I have read quite a few and enjoyed every one of them. I love how the author manages to capture the time and the enviroment in the Australian outback. Tha narrator does a decent job in some parts of the book. But she really can't speak Scottish. She manages to make all the Scottish-speaking people sound retarded and slow. Why bother? If you can't make it properly, don't try at all! This ruins part of the experience for me since my favourite part of the book is about the Scottish Beattie. So to sum it up: Good story, beautifully written, but I wasn't too pleased with the narrator.
The corner of bitter and sweet
Charlie, because he was honest and honorable.
Poker game in the sitting room
Nothing extreme. It did make me sad for awhile.
This is my first experience with this author and I really enjoyed the audiobook. I loved the characters and found them to be very realistic. It made me think of how women were treated in the past and how far we have come. I found it emotionally moving and would love to visit some of her other work.
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