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 have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
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...
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.
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...
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
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.
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.
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.
I loved the strong female characters, the romance, the subplots and everything about 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.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
Perhaps, I like listening to the story it adds to the character development.
The story of work ethic and creativity overcoming obstacles.
Fantastic read couldn't wait to listen to it.
I love audioboks!
I would listen to this book again. The scenery and characters are too beautiful not to revisit.
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.
I think betty was my fav
Charlie Harris! What a guy! I also really enjoyed the granddaughter though
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!
Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.
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.
Remove the predictable outcomes of the relationships in the book.
The ballerina's voice was best. The Scottish accent on her mother was overdone.
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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