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Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman
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Aug 13, 12

Read from August 10 to 13, 2012

A saga has been defined as a "long story of someone who does heroic deeds." If "Wildflower Hill" isn't an epic, it is next door to one. It is 521 pages, but goes quickly and the main characters face some real obsticles in their lives.
The story is of 2 women a grandmother and her granddaugher. The story of the grandmother, Beattie Blaxland, begins in 1929 in Glasgow, Scotland and the story of the granddaughter,Emma Blaxland, begins in London in 2009. The story line switches back and forth between the main characters and in their times. Not only do the stories cover a lot of time, but also travel between the above places as well as Australia and Tasmania.
It all begins with Beattie in Glascow. She is young and pregnant by a married man. This was really frowned on in 1929 !! She ends up going to Australia to start a new life. She has literally nothing. All of her life Beattie works hard, but she really has some real "mountains to climb" in her life. Women who had a baby and were not married were not treated well by most people (not just those in society).
Emma Blaxland is 32 years old and a balerina at the top of her career in London. She has a knee injury that suddenly puts an end to her career. Emma has no idea of what she should do in her future. Grandmother has left her a house in Tasmania, so Emma goes to clean out the house and get it ready to sell. Cleaning out the house leads Emma to many discoveries about her grandmother and about herself.

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