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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,603 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberley Freeman Narrator: Caroline Lee Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanay Brown | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book. It is my favorite so far from my book club list. The characters were well developed and I loved the way they changed throughout the story, growing and adapting to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Hickey | 2/10/2014

    " The story line is amazing. Too much religion for my taste and I'd very much like to shin kick a large portion of the characters, but I couldn't put it down until I was done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy | 2/9/2014

    " This epic novel spans three generations and several countries. It is told by Emma, a prima ballerina and her grandmother, Beattie. It is a story of love, secrets, courage and much heartbreak. Both woman need courage to make the decisions that affect the rest of their lives---which as it turns out is quite different then they had expected. Great description of life in Tasmania, London, and Scotland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorilee | 2/3/2014

    " Loved it..such a wonderful book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/26/2014

    " Nice beach read for vacation, but slightly underwhelming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mendi | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, Wildflower Hill, written by Kimberly Freeman and read by Caroline Lee. It has a similar theme as several Kate Morton books where the reader is transported through time from one individual to another - typically a familial ancestral connection of some sort between the two. In this case we hear from the granddaughter, Emma, and her grandmother, Beatie, as they both struggle through tough times in their lives. We learn how they changed and choose their path and how they ache for a journey that cannot be theirs. In the Kate Morton books, the character in the present time often learns more about the ancestral character through letters or pictures or other stories that she finds. In this book, our present day character, Emma, finds out about some secrets of her grandmothers, but doesn't really know the whole truth, just the outcome. That feels more realistic to me; that one might get a sense of what types of challenges her ancestor may have faced but never really know the truth behind choices she had to make. I think that is what I liked most about this book. I liked that while our modern character had a sense of the truth, the reality would always belong only to the originator, in this case, the grandmother. It reminded me, that one should not judge another because we can never understand the cause of the choices they made; we have not walked in their shoes. [There were several moments in this book where I really wanted to hurt some characters because of their self righteous decisions which affected Beatie in a negative and hurtful way. I was always proud when she showed independent confident thoughts. Sadly her decisions sometimes caused her downfall because of the narrow minded environment in which she found herself] What I love so much about these styles of stories is the message that there can always be a connection to our past that we should and can take some grasp of, if we make the effort. And of course, I love the mystery to it all that when written like this, makes it seem so predestined. This was a totally fun read that was moved up a notch solely by the most enjoyable narration of Caroline Lee. I love the lilt of her voice and the way she says "no" making it sound like dough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 1/18/2014

    " All 500 pages absolutely excellent. Great story told through the viewpoint of a grandmother in the 1920's and her granddaughter trying to learn about her grandmother after she was dead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indu | 1/9/2014

    " I just loved this book, and was especially captivated by Beattie's story. One of those books I stayed up too late reading because I wanted to know how it ended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/24/2013

    " Similar to Kate Morton's work. Enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael Johns | 12/19/2013

    " Absolutely LOVED this book!!!! Although I do wish there'd been a bit more of a happy ending - guess I'm a sucker for HEA's :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrianne | 12/9/2013

    " This book was an entertaining read. I read it through in just about a week. It was somewhat far fetched on some details of the plot. It was somewhat sad throughout but I really enjoyed the book as a whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenna | 12/9/2013

    " I got really sucked into the story until about the last 50 pages or so. I was disappointed that so many loose ends were not tied up and a further investigation into the characters was lacking. Good story though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adina | 12/2/2013

    " It was a good story but it Felt like the ending came up too short. Needed another chapter to finish it right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priggs | 11/28/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars... great beach vacation read. Easy to read- good story - Beatie character far outweighed the Emma character - she was rather unlikeable much of the time. Not sure what the hunky guy saw in her... and I wish it gave more detail to the culture and setting of Tasmania. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 11/18/2013

    " I felt like this book set out to be a sweeping epic tale, spanning generations, but it just lacked something for me. I didn't feel anything for the heroine or anyone else in the book. For me it was just so-so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 8/7/2013

    " I love it when I can plow through a book in one day. :-) what a treat this book was! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney Mabus | 6/18/2013

    " One of the best books I've had the pleasure to read in a long time. Wonderful story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Kearney | 5/14/2013

    " A good heartwarming story taking place from a Tasmanian sheep farm to the London ballet. A story about love and losses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Boyd | 4/26/2013

    " A wonderful story that kept me up late into the night. I rooted for Beattie from the start, and warmed to her granddaughter Emma along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 3/16/2013

    " I loved it! Hands down, one of my favorite books of the year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Schweitzer | 1/10/2013

    " This was a very interesting story--two women in Australia at different times in history--both striving to be strong and independent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacie Ernst | 7/20/2012

    " Loved this book from start to finish! 600 pages in 3 days. I will definitely be reading more from this author. Similar to Kate Morton who just happens to give her praise for this novel on the cover of the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/10/2012

    " A good read. One of our book club books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Philipps | 5/4/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book! would have loved a little more depth to the ending though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 4/25/2012

    " Loved this book!! Great story, couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 5/23/2011

    " I normally don't read romance novels, but started reading this one because I liked the sound of the story line on the jacket. I really enjoyed it, especially the life of Beattie, the eldest of the two characters portrayed throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 4/28/2011

    " Somebody please make this book into a movie!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 4/13/2011

    " I loved this book. I broke my heart, and kept me glued to the pages the whole time. It reminded me a lot of Kristin Hannah's, The Winter Garden. "

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