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Wildflower Hill

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Forced to take her life in a new direction when an injury ends her ballet career, Emma returns to her home in Australia and learns that she has inherited an isolated sheep station from a late grandmother who would impart key lessons about love and motherhood.
Paperback, 524 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Touchstone (first published 2010)
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Rating: 3.5 stars

From the blurb and reviews, I though Wildflower Hill would be a proper dual-timeline story. You know the sort: someone discovers a letter or photo relating to an elderly relative which hints at a tantalising long-lost secret. The story then takes two paths: the quest for the truth in the present and the slow revelation of it in the past, with the two stories being poignantly entwined. I love books like this.

However, this one actually reads far more like a rags-to-riches saga ful
Dena Pardi
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Stacie Vaughan
Wildflower Hill is at the top of my list for favourite books of the year and I would even say I consider it one of my favourite books of all time. It was absolutely wonderful. It's the kind of the book that leaves a lasting impression. I finished it a couple weeks ago and I am still thinking about it.

I think of one of the reasons why Wildflower Hill really touched me was the rich characters especially Beattie. I fell in love with her strength and kindness. I envied how she dealt so courageously
I picked up this book because it was supposed to be like a Kate Morton novel. I guess it sort of was, but not quite up to par. It had the same general plot set up as Morton's novels do: a young relative investigating/discovering family secrets alternated with the family in question's life. Even the time frame was the same: present day + world war era. Unfortunately, the similarities ended there as far as I was concerned. The historical pieces read like someone who did some research and lacked th ...more
I actually finished this last week but didn’t have time to write a review.
What an amazing book! There was more than one night where I stayed up way past my bedtime to read it. I really enjoyed it.

I fully intend on looking for some more books by this author, I liked it that much.

If you are a historical fiction buff you should not miss this one.

5 stars!!

Thank you goodreads & Touchstone for the free copy of the book and opportunity to read it. I received this book for free through goodreads
Jenny Q
This is a moving story of a woman's triumph over adversity, and the lessons she passes along to her granddaughter. Beattie Blaxland is an amazing character. When the story begins she's nineteen with dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Instead she ends up pregnant and homeless--but not defeated. She's smart, compassionate, hardworking, self-sacrificing, and she stands up for what she believes in. She's not perfect, but she's tough as nails and knows an opportunity when she sees one. She does w ...more
A fast-paced, easy-to-read, never boring book. I really enjoyed it! It took me a few chapters to really get into the story, but once it did, it didn't let me go. I'm talking about Beattie's story here, which interested me much more than Emma's. All those things Beattie went through in her life, poor her. (view spoiler) ...more
I didn't care for this book at all. The author did a poor job of making her story come to life. I just kept thinking to myself, "people don't act like this. People don't talk like this." Beatty was presented as though she were a victim of her society, but in actuality she was a victim of her own poor judgment and her inability to adapt to her circumstances. It was very hard to feel any sympathy for her.

Also, I was disappointed that I never felt a really strong sense of a time or place. At one po
Kate Forsyth
A compelling and poignant family saga that parallels the story of Beattie Blaxland, a Scottish girl who emigrates to Australia in 1929, with the story of her granddaughter, Emma Blaxland-Hunter. Linking the generations is the old house, Wildflower Hill, in Tasmania. A love story, and a story about making the best of what life throws at you, this is a book where the pages just seem to turn themselves. I’d really recommend this to anyone who loves a heart-warming tale.
Historical family saga spanning over 80 years that intertwines the life a a young woman and her grandmother.

This was a terrific read and I enjoyed it immensely. The story grabbed me from the first page to the very last and I particularly liked how the author wove the two stories together. I often struggle with dual timelines. Just when I am getting into the flow of one character's story, I am catapulted into the next. However, the author's movement from one story to the next was seamless.

Karen Brooks
Being a huge fan of Kim Wilkins work, it was with great curiosity and excitement that I picked up this book, written under her non de plume, Kimberely Freeman, and marking another genre for this incredibly talented writer. I already know what a masterful storyteller Wilkins is and, writing as Freemen, she doesn't disappoint. This tale of two women from the same family, told across two different time periods and in two hemispheres is compelling, tragic, thrilling and uplifting. Commencing in 1995 ...more
It's been quite some time since a book kept me up until 2am! (One more chapter, just one more chapter, okay, just until this page...okay, just until I know what happens with this...okay, just one more chapter...-I'm sure we've all been there!)

Such a wonderfully vivid portrayal of these two women's lives. It's so interesting to read a novel with intertwining lives decades apart that *doesn't* have a big reveal at the end (where the present-day character comes to understand everything that occure
According to Cora, there are two types of people in the world - those who do things and those who have things done to them.

Emma has always been a woman who does things, who fought her way to the coveted spot of a prima ballerina in a London ballet company. Until one dark night her career as a ballerina is cut short and her life takes on a different course, one that takes her to the home of her recently deceased grandmother, Beattie, in Tasmania. While clearing out Beattie's home, Emma finds clue
Tara Chevrestt
This is a story that will grab you, suck you with force straight into the pages, and leave you feeling bereft when you turn the last page.

You have a woman who after stealing another woman's husband, pays for it for the rest of her life. Another woman steals another's child and she pays for that the rest of her life... People love who they want to love and shun society's stupid rules...and pay with their lives. You have a heroine...who...though she irritated the crap out of me at times, is incred
I haven't felt such a full range of emotions from a novel in a long time. This dual-narrative novel was exciting, heartbreaking, romantic, frustrating and mysterious, and kept me, for the most part, interested in both the characters, their lives and how resolution would be found. I enjoyed Emma's story line, but my heart was with Beattie and all that she went through as life threw more ups and downs than any average person is given. I felt for her the most, and wanted her story to have turned ou ...more
The book switches back between present time and the past. Emma is a famous ballerina from Australia, living in London. She falls severely injuring her knee and is told her ballerina career is over. Her boyfriend breaks off their relationship just before her devastating injury and she decides to travel back to Australia. Her grandmother, Beattie died sometime previously and when Emma arrives home, she discovers she has inherited her grandmother's abandoned sheep farm in Tasmania. Emma travels to ...more
This book is by Brisbane author Kim Wilkins, who normally writes fantasy fiction. Under the guise of Kimberley Freeman she has written this unputdownable story of two women, separated in time. Beattie Blaxland is a 19 year old girl in 1920's Glasgow when she discovers she is pregnant to her married lover. All her hopes and dreams are shattered, and she ends up emigrating to Tasmania where she endures many hardships. Beattie's granddaughter Emma is a world famous ballerina, living in modern day L ...more
I decided to read this book based on goodreads and amazon recommendations, I think because I had really liked Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden. When it arrived I saw Morton had even written a blurb for the front cover so I was all excited for it. But then I read it and was really really disappointed. I felt like Morton's blurb should have read: Nice try but not as good as my book. The plot of this book is very similar to The Forgotten Garden (generations of women, family secrets, inheritances, ...more
Nicole Long
I really loved this story! It flowed very nicely, especially given how much time it covered. Beattie was a strong woman who faced so much more than I could have handled. As there were two stories occurring (the past and the present) you couldn't say there was actually a happy ending but there was a sense of resolution. I finished last night, and I already miss this book. Highly recommend it!
First things first. I won a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway, so yay!

Now onto the review...

It's eminently readable, almost compulsively so. The narrative mostly flows back and forth between the modern day story of Emma, a ballerina who has just suffered a career ending injury and the pre-WWII story of Beattie, her grandmother who was a woman of many talents and "who does things".

Emma's story of finding herself is interesting, if predictable, but it is really Beattie's that grabbed me. Beatt
Wildflower Hill is a once thriving sheep farm in Tasmania.Full of fascinating history,the house sits high on a hill overlooking the farm.Beattie Blaxland,the owner passed away, having abandoned the farm years earlier.Memories and long kept secrets whirl about the place like dust motes with no one to find them or care.
Enter Emma Blaxland-Hunter,granddaughter of Beattie.Prima ballerina,full of herself,loving the spotlight and a work horse of a dancer. She is riding for a fall, one can just sense
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Kimberley Freeman has written an excellent presentation of life styles from 1929 to the present time. An interesting and historic journey through three generations of a "family" resettled in Australia from Scotland after the matriarch, as a young pregnant girl, runs away with her married sweetheart and father of her child.

The novel begins in Glasgow, 1929. Innocent Beattie, trying to help support the family as a teen, has been working in a dress-shop and is an excellent s
Bronwyn Rykiert
What a beautiful story, I really did not like to put this one down, though it did seem a little rushed towards the end and I would have loved to have found out what Lucy's thoughts were on meeting Emma.

The story is told by Beattie Blaxland and her grand-daughter Emma Blaxland-Hunter.

It starts in Glasglow in 1920, Beattie is 19 and has a married lover Henry who she falls pregnant to. After she is kicked out of home Henry takes her to Hobart, Tasmania where their daughter Lucy is born. Life is not
In life when does following your dreams get in the way of what is really important in life? Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman is a beautiful literary fiction book of two woman, 2 different woman in a family, a grandmother (Beatie) and granddaughter (Emma) who both have plans for their lives at young ages, but have two different bumps in the road. Beatie is 18 years old dreaming of a life of comfort with her fashion designs, but then finds herself pregnant with a married man's child. While Emm ...more
Wildflower Hill drew me in because I loved the cover! Flowers get me every time! Honestly, this is a hard book to rate as there were things I really liked about it and other things I didn't like so much. I do enjoy a good family saga, and this was indeed juicy. Although I found myself more entertained by the parts involving Emma, the prima ballerina who's forced into retirement by a knee injury at age 31. I loved how she moved into Wildflower Hill, her grandmother's home, which she'd inherited y ...more
Diana Leigh
Wildflower Hill is a poignant tale of two women living in different decades but whose lives are strongly intertwined. I dearly loved this book! The story of Beattie and her granddaughter Emma was completely absorbing. Beattie was a Scottish immigrant who moved to Tasmania, Australia, at the start of the Great Depression. Someone had told her once that "there are two types of women in the world...those who do things, and those who have things done to them." As a poor, unwed mother, she kept that ...more
Christy B
Wildflower Hill is a gorgeous novel, told from the perspective of two women from two different times. The book rotates between the story of Beattie Blaxland in the 1930s and her granddaughter Emma in the present time.

Emma is a successful ballerina in London, whose career ends after an unfortunate injury. Returning home to Australia, she finds that her grandmother left her a home in her will. The home is called Wildflower Hill. Emma goes up to Wildflower Hill, expecting to clean it out and sell
This was essentially your run of the mill rom-com novel: due to a catastrophe's, girl's life changes and she ends up relocating. Girl meets boy. Girl makes mistake with boy. Girl realizes mistake. Boy forgives girl. Boy and girl end up together. Happily ever after. However, this book wasn't completely tedious because it was broken up with flashbacks -entire chapters actually- of the girl's grandmother's adult life. I found it incredible intriguing from the sheer fact that the majority of the nov ...more
Taylor Clements
I love any book with a strong, independent, hard working woman as the lead character! Beattie proves to be all that and more after overcoming hardships in the early 30's in England. After she becomes pregnant by an older married man, she is kicked out of her house and sent to a home for young, unmarried pregnant girls until the father of the child comes to take her to Australia. The relationship is toxic, and eventually Beattie flees her home with her young daughter Lucy. This story line intertw ...more
By all accounts, I didn't think I would enjoy this read, but picked it up for bookclub anyway. The cover art, length (over 500 pages!), the description of a ballerina's story and the addition of a sheep farm all seemed a bit too mundane for my tastes.

I was SO wrong! I was compelled by Beattie's story, and was emotionally invested in each and every life event and decision she made. I even grew to appreciate Emma - though I wish her character had a bit more book time. I enjoyed the dual story tel
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Pen name of Kim Wilkins.

Kimberley was born in London and her family moved back to Australia when she was three years old. She grew up in Queensland where she currently lives.

Kimberley has written for as long as she can remember and she is proud to write in many genres. She is an award-winning writer in children’s, historical and speculative fiction under her birth name Kim Wilkins. She adopted the
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“There are two types of women in the world, Beattie, those who do things and those who have things done to them.” 35 likes
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