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
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.
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.
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
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