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Wildflower Hill

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  12,089 ratings  ·  1,407 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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Diana | Book of Secrets
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
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
Stacie Vaughan
Jul 30, 2011 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
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Anna
Nov 08, 2011 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 fu
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Dena Pardi
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club-reads
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Shruti
Oct 21, 2011 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
Helene Jeppesen
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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Caroline
Sep 18, 2011 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
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Lyndz
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, first-reads, 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 firs
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Rita Chapman
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story, beautifully told. Kimberley Freeman is an amazing author. Wildflower Hill is two love stories, one set in the present day, the other in the 1930's. A white woman and an aboriginal man in the 1930's could only cause a scandal - what were they to do when their hearts beat as one? The modern day story of a famous ballerina provides a different twist. Highly recommended.
Peggy
Oct 15, 2013 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
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
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.
Heather
Mar 20, 2013 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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
This book was well-written, poignant, made me cry, made me laugh, made me self-reflect, and I could not put it down. I can't wait to read more from Kimberley Freeman!
MomToKippy
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
Leona
Apr 10, 2012 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.

Though
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Karen Brooks
Mar 02, 2011 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
Liza Fireman
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is in between being a well written chick-lit, and a great novel. It is an easy read, interesting and fun. It goes between past and present, but in a wonderful way. Beattie's story is much more interesting than Emma's story, but they work well together.

It also has a very feministic message, which is always a great thing: There are two types of women in the world, Beattie, those who do things and those who have things done to them. Try to be the first type.” It is about strength and ha
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Britni
Sep 06, 2011 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
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Lindsey (Bring My Books)
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dual-timeline
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
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Elinor
This dual timeline novel had some real creative strengths. The Australian setting was interesting and different, and I loved the professions of the two main characters -- one was a ballet dancer, and the other was a clothing designer. And both of them, in different time periods, occupied a sheep ranch in Tasmania. Both women had several love affairs -- but these seemed rather insipid compared to the truly passionate illicit affair that took place in the earlier storyline, in 1939. Although both ...more
Tracy
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read several books by this author, but this is now my favorite! The settings are London 2009 and Glasgow and Australia 1930s. It's a good book with a determined heroine who I very much was rooting for. I never felt bored or uninterested at all. The ending was good and I will keep looking for more books from Ms. Freeman!
Denise Deen
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.......This is a gorgeous story of family and secrets with the backdrop of beautiful, isolated rural Australia in the 1930's and current time. Parallel stories of a grandmother and granddaughter both of which find themselves, love and their life's path in the magic of a sheep farm on Wildflower Hill. I thoroughly enjoyed both story lines but Beattie (grandmother) really touched my heart with her courage, hard work and compassion. This is a sweeping, romantic and compelling read.
Tara Chevrestt
Oct 15, 2011 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
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Penny
Mar 09, 2011 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
Heather
Sep 15, 2011 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
Sheila
Mar 06, 2012 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
✨Susan✨
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic, heroic, audible
This was a fantastic story based on the life of a very heroic woman with a strong nature stemming from her need to protect and provide for her child. Beatty Blaxland refuses to let men or the rugged outback beat her and is triumphant in gaining respect and a fortune through her own true grit and gumption. She, however, was not as lucky in love and by leaving her granddaughter her old estate in Tasmania, that is engulfed in paper history, she helps her to learn to how to really love before she mi ...more
Jackie
Jul 22, 2012 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
Tracy
Jan 17, 2016 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.
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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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