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Wildflower Hill

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  9,193 Ratings  ·  1,147 Reviews
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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Stacie Vaughan
Jul 30, 2011 Stacie Vaughan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
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
Jun 15, 2012 Dena Pardi rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club-reads
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Oct 26, 2011 Shruti rated it did not like it
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
helen the bookowl
Jun 20, 2016 helen the bookowl rated it liked it
This story wasn't as impressive as I had hoped it would be, but it was still good. It deals with family secrets which are slowly revealed to the reader as we follow two women from two different eras. Furthermore, one of them lives in Tasmania, Australia and the other one on the other side of the world, in London.
I love stories that deal with people, relationships and multiple perspectives, however this one at times became too sweet and convenient for my taste. I think that if you've read a fair
Jun 22, 2016 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai toujours peur que les histoires de ce genre soient trop "gnangnan", trop pleines de bons sentiments. Celle-ci, comme toutes les autres, l'est en quelque sorte, on y retrouve encore des histoires de secrets de famille et d'amour, mais je l'ai trouvée particulièrement prenante et émouvante (j'ai eu les larmes aux yeux à plusieurs reprises, et le coeur qui battait aussi). Les personnes sont très très attachants, l'intrigue pleine de rebondissements, et le destin de Beattie tout à fait incroyab ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Lyndz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, own, reviewed
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
Jul 01, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Συνήθως τα βιβλία που περιγράφουν δυο ζωές, μία στο παρόν και μία στο παρελθόν τα βαριέμαι και με κουράζουν. Στο συγκεκριμένο δεν έπαθα τίποτα απο τα δύο. διάβαζα γρήγορα για να φτάσω στην ιστορία ή της μίας ή της άλλης πρωταγωνίστριας. Η ιστορία βέβαια της Μπέιτι μου άρεσε και με τράβηξε περισσότερο, θαύμασα το κουράγιο της, την αυτοθυσία της και ένιωσα να συμπάσχω μαζί της σε όλα της τα προβλήματα.
Sep 18, 2011 Caroline rated it did not like it
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
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
Nov 10, 2013 Peggy rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2013 Heather rated it did not like it
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
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.
Jan 05, 2015 Leona rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2011 Karen Brooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2011 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2011 Britni rated it it was amazing
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
I would give this 3.5 stars overall but 4 for Beattie's story. This is a dual time period story where the historical portion is much more endearing than the contemporary story. In fact, I felt that the modern story really contributed very little to the overall impact of the heart wrenching saga of Beattie's life and struggles. In this case, the author did not really use it to its best advantage in discovering the past. It seemed to be just part of the popular formula for dual time period fiction ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Sep 01, 2013 Tara Chevrestt rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 27, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2011 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2015 prettybooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deux époques différentes et deux personnages féminins forts confrontés à des épreuves difficiles. Je regrette qu’Emma n’ait pas été plus présente dans le livre mais j’ai aimé la voir découvrir la vie de Beattie et les secrets qu’elle a gardés enfouis. Une superbe lecture qui nous fait voyager en Tasmanie.

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Apr 06, 2013 Jackie rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, 2013-read
I really wanted to like this book. I thought the plot line about a poor Scottish unwed single mother, Beattie, coming to Australia and becoming a successful sheep farmer in the 1930s had so much potential, particularly since much of her story looked as if it would be told through her granddaughter, Emma. But alas, while the story itself was entertaining, the characters were so flat and one dimensional it was hard to connect with them, so I became rather apathetic as events unfolded. The ending w ...more
Aug 23, 2015 Vera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Πρόκειται για ένα από τα από τα καλύτερα βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει. Υπέροχο βιβλίο, σε ταξιδεύει στην ιστορία μιας οικογένειας με καταπληκτικό τρόπο. Διαβάζεται με πολύ ενδιαφέρον!  photo FLORES TUTORIALES.gif
Aug 25, 2016 Tracy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mystery surrounding this story and how the grandmother's story was discovered by her granddaughter while also being told by herself in the past. Emma, the granddaughter was a ballerina so she was quite snobby often and this was irritating but she became a real person in the end. I wonder what reaction Lucy had to her letter she received towards the end of the book. We'll never know. I would have felt guilty if I were her. Good story.
Sep 30, 2015 Candyshy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je viens de finir Fleurs Sauvages de Kimberley Freeman, un roman contemporain, c'était grandiose <3 <3 <3
La vache, les larmes ont coulé !!!!!!! Trop d'émotions !!!
Une fresque familiale sur deux femmes de la même famille à deux époques différentes.... secrets, amour, coeur brisé, Mazette on est pas épargné !!!!
Je dirai un méga coup de coeur mais voilà la fin, me laisse sur ma faim émoticône frown POURQUOI !!!!!!!!!!!! Pourquoi l'auteure décide-t-elle de finir de la sorte !!!!!!! Je vous
Farnoosh Brock
Jun 09, 2016 Farnoosh Brock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
If ever I have felt heartbroken for a book character, if ever I have wanted to rage with fury at the injustice of the world in their life, it is in this book and for Beattie Blaxland. Oh. My.God, Beattie. I hurt for you, I cried for you, I loved with you and I was in awe of you.

How I devoured this book? I listened to the audio version from Audible and in fact, it is by searching my favorite reader, Caroline Lee, that I found this book. She can read me bedtime stories to the end of time, Ms. Lee
Jun 08, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookclub
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!
Dec 17, 2015 Gretchen rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars... Amazing read. Reminded me of Kate Morton's novels as well as Secrets of a Charmed life by Susan Meissner. If you love their work, like I do, read it. Now.
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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.” 44 likes
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