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Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman
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Dec 28, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 19 to 27, 2011

Life suddenly changes when Emma, a prima ballerina in London, crashes down a flight of stairs and seriously injures her knee. After a while she knows that she will never dance again. She retreats to Australia, her home, to recuperate and it is there that she learns that her beloved grandmother has died and left her a sheep farm, named Wildflower Hill, in rural Australia. As she relocates to the farm, to sell it, she discovers secrets told, through letters and other paperwork that her grandmother left in many boxes behind locked doors. The story moves smoothly between Emma and Beattie's lives and little by little Emma discovers fascinating mysteries about Beattie's secret life in the 1930s and onward, which involves a lost love, a secret child, gambling, a new love, courage and dismay. In addition, Emma discovers a new life for herself that she loves and lets go of her despair that is caused by the realization that her ballerina career is over.

Emma's and Beattie's stories were both interesting but I have to say that I enjoyed Beattie's story a little more. This is the kind of book that you can get lost in and never want to lay it down until you finish it. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes really good women's historical fiction.
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