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Wildflower Hill Audiobook

Wildflower Hill

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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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    Shirley Turner Southern California 03-08-17
    Shirley Turner Southern California 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent full of emotionsmn"

    Captivating and amazingly read by Caroline Lee. The story captured my heart. The characters and entire story were well developed. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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    karen 02-06-17
    karen 02-06-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Rivals the Emma Harte series by Barbara T Bradford"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wildflower Hill to be better than the print version?

    It was and naturally MUST be with Caroline Lee lending her narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strength, fortitude and heart of Beattie as well as Emma's self-reflection.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The winning poker game.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are several but the concert ballet when Nina's dad showed up got me.


    Any additional comments?

    Set amid the beauty of Tasmania, Scotland, and London, these real and multi-dimensional characters will learn lessons of life & love that will transform them - as well as the listener. This novel would make a wonderful film.<br/><br/> (And, even though - as with all great novels - you alway want more of the characters you've come to love, I feel it wrapped up in the end, perfectly.)

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    joseph lennox 01-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional story"

    This is a great story of love found and love lost, forbidden love and a heartwarming ending. I couldn't put book down it draws you in and leaves you breathless

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    Colleen Calvert 10-09-16 Member Since 2016

    Lover of historical fiction. I have turned to audiobooks to supplement scare reading time, amidst a busy job and parenting.

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    "Compelling storyline and enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would after the first couple of chapters. The window on discrimination meted out against so called 'sinners' (an unwed mother) and 'blacks' (an aboriginal man) felt authentic in its portrayal. So did the oppression of the small town against non-conformists and the lack of alternatives to pack up and leave in depression-era Tasmania. Some other elements of the plot were irritatingly predictable - the wounded, sensitive (handsome) small-town man versus the successful, insensitive (also handsome) snobbish London love interest of the modern-day protagonist. Thankfully, the rest of the story set in 1930s Scotland and Tasmania was sufficiently compelling to overlook the spoiler alert (not!) of the 'which one will she choose' sub-plot. Truthfully, I would classify this a chick-lit. Nevertheless, it is a much higher quality than the norm and a good listen for someone always on the lookout for lengthy audiobooks a cut above the norm.

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    Beema 08-25-16
    Beema 08-25-16
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    "Love is blind and blinding."

    I wad swept away by the very realistic order of events that led to very real emotions and the natural responses of the human nature during difficult times. I also have bitter sweet feelings about somethings that were left unresolved, because in real life things aren't always sewn up in a neat little package. Very well written. And as always, very well narrated.

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    SpinningKat Virginia 08-19-16
    SpinningKat Virginia 08-19-16 Member Since 2014

    A farmer and a travel agent, I love historical fiction mostly.

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    "oh my... a dreamy story"

    I don't think I have ever been so transported by a story before. (and I have listened to Outlander.) The narrator was superb... but the writing... the characters so well drawn, had depth.. and I really cared about them, or hated them, or was surprised... all these emotions. The listener is in for a treat.. you will visit Scotland, Tasmania, London, and really get to know and experience the landscape whether city or country. The story is rich and moves along at a satisfying pace. The story moves from Beatty... to her granddaughter, Emma.. as they struggle with their place in the world. Just loved it, sad it ended.

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    Christie chesterfield, VA, United States 07-17-16
    Christie chesterfield, VA, United States 07-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorites"
    Where does Wildflower Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is at least in the top three


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked everything about this book. It's one of those that just keeps pulling you along and you would listen all at once, but it's pretty long. In spite of that, I was thrilled it was long because I didn't want it to end.


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    Karen 05-13-16
    Karen 05-13-16 Member Since 2008
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    "I recommend it!"

    Great story and well written. Very enjoyable. Left you wanting to hear more at the end.

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    Jessica Erving 05-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved!"

    This kept me on the edge of my seat and it was very easy to get emotionally attached to the characters. Wasn't prepared for the book to end:(

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    Marrie Hadfield 04-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent novel and narration"

    This audio book made the drive to work shear pleasure. Wonderful characters were cleverly narrated.

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