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Publisher's Summary

A compelling tale of two women separated by a century who discover long-buried secrets in an Australian manor house.

In 1891, Tilly Kirkland is reeling with shock and guilt after her tempestuous marriage ends in horrific circumstances. Fleeing to the farthest place she knows, Tilly takes a job on Ember Island in Moreton Bay, Australia, where she becomes the governess to the prison superintendent's precocious young daughter, Nell. Tilly knows she must keep the past hidden in order to start a new life, but she doesn't know that Nell is watching her every move and writing it all down, hiding tiny journals all over their rambling manor home.

More than 100 years later, best-selling novelist Nina Jones is struggling to complete her next book. A reporter asking questions about her great-grandmother sends Nina retreating to her family's home on Ember Island, where she hopes to find her lost inspiration somewhere in the crumbling walls. Though they are separated by years, both Tilly and Nina must learn that some secrets never stay buried, but what matters most is learning to trust your heart.

©2013 Kimberley Freeman (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Enjoyable read

What made the experience of listening to Ember Island the most enjoyable?

I was keen to read more of this author's books as I really love Australian historical novels, and previous books have been really entertaining. The book's setting is close to home, so it was easy to visualise the scenery on Ember Island.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ember Island?

Coming to terms with the place of women in that time frame was grounding. How our lives have changed. Yes it really is hard to believe the main character Tilly was so submissive, however that was life. It really was a man's world, and woman really shouldn't have an opinion and display of temper and hostility was not tolerated. How things have changed!

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

I have to be honest, I really missed the storytelling of Caroline Lee. It took me the whole book to get used to Jennifer Vuletic's narration, and am coming to terms that to listen to more of Kimberley Freeman's audiobooks will mean enduring more of Vuletic's narration. I am finding today I am now looking for narration's by Caroline Lee, as I just want to hear her beautiful voice and interpretation of the author's word. The narrator can make or break a great book. I do hope the author uses Caroline Lee again in any future novels as Vuletic's performance really detracts from this book and Caroline Lee is a star.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Deceit, betrayal, and desperation. A women's life in the Victorian era.

Any additional comments?

A great story by the author yet again.

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Ember Island

Once again Kimberley Freeman has lived up to my expectations ! I love the " I didn't see that coming moments! " Kimberley has a flare for intertwining the past and the present in a way no one else can match. Added to the pleasure of this book is the expert narration of Jennifer Vuletic .They are in a class all their own !!

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Not her best book

I’ve read most of Kimberly Freeman’s books. I enjoy her ability to quickly draw you into a story with her creative and descriptive use of words. Jennifer Vuletic bring the books to life. She seamlessly moves from the voices of children to that of adults and then old men and women. She’s one of the few female narrators who doesn’t annoy me when she uses a male voice. Having said all that, I was
disappointed in this story. A fairly intelligent lead character makes poor decisions for unexplained reasons. The ending, while it did tie everything together, was unsatisfying. Not her best work.

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Chick lit

It ma be chick lit but the characters are believable & good & bad. I really enjoyed listening to it.

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Not her best

Is it just me or is Tilly an absolute moron? Her level of stupidity seems unbelievable to me, but it drives the plot, which then makes the plot feel ridiculous.

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  • Brenda Murray
  • 05-02-18

Captivating

What a wonderfully narrated story. The conclusion left me wanting more. It would be amazing to have a sequel to this thoroughly enjoyable book.