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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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    "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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    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 10-27-13
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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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    Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem 11-21-12

    Listening to audio books is pure pleasure for me as I can listen while sitting quietly, while driving as well as when I have chores to do.

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    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love to travel. The settings stimulated my desire to travel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I personally identified with being an outcast in a small town and feeling rejected because of lies told about me.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    judy 10-29-12
    judy 10-29-12
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    "Family Secrets"
    What made the experience of listening to Wildflower Hill the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the character, Emma, as she is the one gathering the clues.


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

    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 you could rename Wildflower Hill, what would you call it?

    If I could rename the book, I would call it, Beattie's Secret.


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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 10-20-12
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best books I have read/listened to!!!"

    You must buy this and listen right away! Great story that keeps you involved from the first to the last page!

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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 08-23-12
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 08-23-12 Member Since 2004

    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.

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    "memorable, motivating and moving"
    What did you love best about Wildflower Hill?

    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.


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

    there are a multitude of memorable moments: the near-drowning of a child is one of the first of these.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure I've heard her other performances, but this one is spectacularly well-done.


    If you could rename Wildflower Hill, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    J Smith Atlanta, GA, United States 12-21-11
    J Smith Atlanta, GA, United States 12-21-11

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    "Romance Novel"
    Would you try another book from Kimberley Freeman and/or the narrator?

    I have no problem with the narrator, but I prefer literature to love stories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kimberley Freeman again?

    I would have to have a good reason.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    Emma, only because her dialect wasn't extreme.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will be loved by anyone who loves a novel that continually talks about piercing tears. It's a love story

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    Jean Oneida,, IL, United States 11-19-11
    Jean Oneida,, IL, United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent book & reader! Who is the reader?"

    I seldom find a book that is so captivating....I wish there was a sequel available.

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    Jill Baldivis, Australia 08-19-11
    Jill Baldivis, Australia 08-19-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    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

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