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Evergreen Falls

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,962 ratings  ·  282 reviews
A long-forgotten secret, a scandalous attraction and a place where two women's lives are changed forever - Evergreen Falls is the captivating new novel from Kimberley Freeman.

1926: Violet Armstrong is one of the few remaining members of staff working at the grand Evergreen Spa Hotel as it closes down over winter. Only a handful of guests are left, including the heir to a r
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Hachette Australia
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May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know a book is really good when once you've finished it all you want to do is book a holiday and visit the place you've just been reading about. And that's precisely what I wanted to do once I'd finished reading Evergreen Falls. The setting for this book is in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia and the way the author describes it in this book she makes it sound utterly beautiful.

Dual timelines are common now I find especially in historical fiction novels such as this one and Auss
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Lauren Beck is thirty years old, but her mother has always done everything in her power to keep her safe because she is afraid something would happen to Lauren. And, that means that Lauren has never really been able to live her life and do as she wishes. But now she has moved away from home, taken a job at the Blue Mountains café. She has also met Tomas, a Danish architect that is overseeing the Evergreen Spa Hotel's renovations and through a series of events she finds in the hotel steamy love l ...more
The 1920's is a rich period of history that is fun to harken back to in historical fiction. It's always interesting to see how far we have progressed since that time in terms of social mores and acceptance. Themes such as women considering career goals over the traditional married life, for example, are remarked upon.
At the very heart of the story, the center of everything, is love. Familial love and romantic love, both of which can be burdensome and riddled with obligations, and no matter what
Kim Wilkins
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome and the author is dashed pretty to boot!
Dale Harcombe
Rating and review to come. Needs some thought.
Two and a half stars.
Having loved Lighthouse Bay and Ember Island, the other two Kimberley Freeman books I have read, I was so excited to get an uncorrected proof copy of this from the Reading Room and Hachette Australia. I immediately thrust aside other books waiting to be read and dived into this one expecting to love it. Once again this is a story spanning two different times, which seems to be a popular literary concept at the moment.
There is th
Ashley Daviau
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book I read by this author and I must say, I thoroughly enjoy her writing! I really love how the story flips between past and present and you uncover both stories at once. And I really enjoyed that the present part of the story was centred around uncovering the mystery of the past part of the story. It made for such an interesting read, I felt like I was uncovering the answers along with the characters as it went along!
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
It seems that I’m on a bit of a roll lately what with all the dual timeline novels I’ve been reading that are enriched with old letters and secrets, but I’m definitely not complaining because I just love the intrigue and suspense created by the authors who use their protagonists to dig deeper and uncover sometimes scandalous events. After all, who doesn’t like a good scandal!

Thirty year old Lauren Beck has led an extremely sheltered life in a stifling environment with basically only her mother,
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is the fourth book I've read by this author. They're all the same: Jump back and forth between two stories, one set in the past and one in modern times. In the end, the plots run together. The jumps between time eras get distracting. I'd like to see her write a story that doesn't do these things. The novelty has worn off.

The 1920s part: Very unlovable characters. Violet is about as dumb as they get. She has unprotected sex, despite being warned, and with no birth control, it doesn't take a
Karen Brooks
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started reading Evergreen Falls late one night after finishing another book, foolishly believing I would read a few pages, get a sense of the novel then fall asleep... but Kimberely Freeman and her tale of the beautiful Violet and introvert Lauren had other plans that involved late nights and some anti-social behaviour as I simply had to finish this fabulous book.
Evergreen Falls is a dual narrative in that it tells the story of two different women in two different times but in the one place. I
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Touchstone via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is August 4th 2015**

This was the second book that I have read by Kimberly Freeman. The first one was several years ago when I read Wildflower Hill. I enjoyed it immensely and therefore I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to read another one of her stories.

I was not di
With alternating dual narratives set eighty-eight years apart “Evergreen Falls” is set in a majestic and historic old hotel in Australia’s Blue Mountains.

In 1926, the Evergreen Spa Hotel was where Australia’s rich come to stay. Flora and Sam Honeychurch-Black, wealthy brother and sister, have come to the Evergreen Spa Hotel in order that Sam can ‘recover’ from his condition. Sadly, his condition is opium addiction and Flora holds out little hope for a ‘cure’. Along with the siblings are Flora’s
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
From it’s intriguing cover, through the novel and on to the epilogue, the entertainment was everlasting in Kimberley Freeman’s long awaited new novel. It is told in the past and in the present with a connecting plot containing shocking secrets. Relationships are interlaced with romance and mystery, making the stories of Lauren and Violet irresistible.

In 2014, we first meet Lauren who has fled from her suffocating mother in Tasmania to Australia’s beautiful Blue Mountain’s where she finds a job a
DNF Made it slightly under the half-way mark. Therefore, I won't rate this. But here's why I didn't finish:

Romance novels with all the bodice ripping, butt cupping, melodramatic hoopla - not my cup of tea. Romance as an element is fine, if tastefully written in a novel of substance. I enjoy an endearing love story. Not lust story.

Jandy Winterbotham
Nov 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Awful beyond words. I wanted to take my red pen and rewrite the sentences.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Yikes - this book was bad. The premise was intriguing - interesting even, but the characters, the storytelling, the prose, all were flat, dull and just too out there to be believed.

Violet's personality seemed to have undergone a 180 degree turn from the early parts of the novel to the middle/latter parts. What's worse is the personality about-face was unrealistic and under developed. Kimberley Freeman did next to nothing to show the evolution of Violet's change. She just goes from a seemingly gr
I love a dual time line story and I wasn't disappointed in this one. No spoilers, but there's also a mystery to be followed and solved along the way so that too drew me in in a big way. I even invested in the love lives of Violet and Lauren in each time line as well (that doesn't always happen for me). The big love thing for me here though, was the setting. What's not to love about a secluded mountain spa under refurbishment? The Blue Mountains were so well rendered as a setting, I've added it t ...more
Rania T
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Evergreen falls was a very easy read, and will have you turning the pages quickly. You will want to keep reading to find out whether Violet and Opium-addicted Sam end up together, or something more sinister emerges. The atmospheric winter setting of a 1920's Blue Mountains adds to the plot, making for an enthralling climax as the narrative reaches its peak.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this author and once again she doesn't disappoint. Brilliantly written with a fantastic storyline.
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Two women, both searching for their place in this world - one hotel, 92 years apart. Right from the prologue you are fully immersed into a tragedy for whom you do not yet know, their impact not yet important, the story yet to unfold. Right from the outset, this story invites you to check into Sydney Evergreen Falls. I was swept away during my time here, I found the story held me in its grips, right from the prologue. These characters within these pages really bought this story to life. Whilst re ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Dual time line books are amongst my fav’s lately. And Kimberely Freeman is one of my must buy authors. This book has been sitting in my TBR for ages and I was feeling like reaching down my pile for one close to the bottom otherwise I will never get to them! Kimberely once again has seamlessly taken us to two times effortlessly, 1920’s and 2014 with characters in each time period well written and the setting just glorious in the Blue Mountains in NSW Australia. It took me a little while to get in ...more
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
3.5 stars
I liked the story a lot but I have to admit that almost all the main characters were very naive. In this book there is happiness but there is also sadness... I felt sorry and wept for the ones that didn't live their lives as they wanted...
I like Kimberley Freeman, but this was probably my least favorite of her books. Don't get me wrong, it was pretty good, but it didn't grab me the way others have. (Then again, that could be because I just finished Tiny Little Thing, and Beatriz Williams falls in a similar genre to Freeman.) In this case, I liked the modern story a lot more than the historic one, which is rare for me, and a lot of that is probably due to my total dislike of Violet. I know she was supposed to be an imperfect chara ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Evergreen Falls is a novel about two women of two different generations - Lauren Beck of modern times and Violet Armstrong of the 1920's. Set in 1926, in the Blue Mountains of Australia, the base of the tale is a hotel/spa named Evergreen.

Lauren works at a coffee shop in the Blue Mountains, running from a difficult past and struggling to maintain her independence. That's when she meets a handsome architect named Tomas who is refurbishing the Evergreen, now in decay. When Tomas invites Lauren to
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another deeply addictive dual narrative from Kimberly Freeman. It's 2014 and Lauren Beck has taken a position at a cafe in Australia's Blue Mountains. At thirty- one, Lauren is still reeling from the recent death of her older brother, Adam and trying to distance herself fron her overbearing mother. The Blue Mountains was the last place her brother was happy and all appears to be going well for Lauren too. She meets a handsome estate developer and stumbles across a bundle of love letters from a b ...more
Jul 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
I had read Wildflower Hill a while back and I remember I really enjoyed reading it and the story stayed with me for a while. Unfortunately, this book didn't have any enjoyable aspects for me. The pacing was extremely slow. The focus was on too many insignificant and repetitive details rather than on character or plot development. Speaking of which, I didn't actually like a single character past or present. All of them came across as childish and selfish and none of their actions made sense. I fe ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book well before I opened the front cover, I got stuck staring at the beautiful portrait on the front mesmerized by the delicate beauty looking off into space. I had high expectations of this book as I do with every other piece of work Kim produces and again I was not failed, this book drew me in and didn't let me go until I was finished ..this meaning late nights with the bedside lamp on despite my partners "put it down already" attitude. The book tells two stories one of the past ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was very happy to receive an ARC of this book. Overall I really enjoyed it. I breezed through the first half as I just couldn't put it down. I liked the dual timeline aspect and found both Violet's and Lauren's stories interesting. My one complaint would be with the added mystery of Lauren's brother. I thought there was more than enough storylines going on and felt that just broke up the story too much. I found my interest waning during those parts. I would still recommend however. This story ...more
Kira FlowerChild
After a series of disappointing books, I wanted a light romance. I got it. This one could float away, it's so light. I did find it interesting reading about Australia in the 1920s. However, although I knew the book alternated between the 1920s and the present, I didn't expect the majority of the book to be set in the past. I was more interested in the present-day romance, which comprises maybe one-fourth of the book. Ah well. Three stars = worth reading if you're in the mood for a romance and al ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love anything this writer comes up with and this one did not disappoint. The setting in the high country of NSW was at a lovely ole hotel. It bespoke of a lovely era in history when the customer really was right. I loved the opening scene, as it set up the murder mystery as we then the we jump back in time to try and work out the nuts and bolts of the storyline.
Lots of romance, drama and action unfolds and I loved the way she ended this story. Would have liked a couple more chapters just because
Theodora Gotsis
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On first glance, this book entrigued me. I was very attracted to the cover and I read the back and thought, wow, this seems like another great Kate Morton esque story. I was right. It has been years since I've read so hungrily, barely able to put a book down. A beautiful love story that crossed decades. I actually shed a tear when I reached the last page. I can say nothing bad about this book. Fantastic job and keep it coming.
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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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