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Title:
Wildflower Hill
Author:
Freeman, Kimberley, 1970-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Touchstone trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Touchstone, 2011.

©2010
Physical Description:
526 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
Emma Blaxland-Hunter, a prima ballerina from London, must re-evaluate her life after doctors declare her knee unfit for dancing. At the behest of her mother, Emma returns home to Sydney, where she discovers her affluent and loving grandmother, Beattie Blaxland, has left her an inheritance: Wildflower Hill, an old sheep farm in Tasmania. When Emma settles in temporarily to clean out Wildflower Hill and sell it, she discovers a photo of her grandmother with a mysterious child.
General Note:
Includes a reading group guide.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781451623499
Format :
Book

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Hailed by bestselling author Kate Morton as "a gorgeous story of family and secrets and the redemptive power of love," Wildflower Hill is s compelling and romantic novel spanning three generations and half the world, from modern day London to Australia in the 1930s.

Emma is a prima ballerina in London and at a crossroads after an injured knee ruins her career. When she learns of her grandmother Beattie's death, and her own strange inheritance--an isolated sheep station in rural Australia--Emma is certain she has been saddled with an irritating burden. But when she returns to Australia, forced to rest her body and confront her life, she realizes that she had been using fame as a substitute for love and fulfillment.

Beattie also found herself at a crossroads as a young woman, but she was pregnant and unwed. She eventually found success--but only after following an unconventional path that was often dangerous and heartbreaking. Beattie knew the lessons she learned in life would be important to Emma one day, and she wanted to make sure Emma's heart remained open to love, no matter what life brought. She knew the magic of the Australian wilderness would show Emma the way.

Wildflower Hill is a compelling, atmospheric, and romantic novel about taking risks, starting again, and believing in yourself. It's about finding out what you really want and discovering that the answer might be not at all what you'd expect.


Author Notes

Kimberley Freeman is a pseudonym for Kim Wilkins. She is an Australian romance author. She was born in 1970 in Australian. She writes general women's fiction as Kimberley Freeman. She made the finalist list for the Aurealis Awards in 2014 with her title Daughters of the Storm.

As Kim Wilkins she is the author of several mass-market novels, including her debut horror novel, The Infernal (1997), which won Aurealis Awards for both horror and fantasy. Kim Wilkins was educated at the University of Queensland. She has a first class honours degree in literature (1998), an MA (2000) and a PhD (2006). She was awarded the University Medal for academic achievement in 1998 and currently lectures there in Creative Writing.

Her other supernatural thrillers include: Grimoire (1999), The Resurrectionists (2000), Angel of Ruin (2001), The Autumn Castle (2003), Giants of the Frost (2004), and Rosa and the Veil of Gold (2005). She is also the author of the Gina Champion mystery series for young adults (2000 - 2006) and the Fantastica Sunken Kingdom quartet for children (2006).

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

When Beattie Blaxland finds herself pregnant in 1930s Glasgow, she thinks the worst that can happen is that her married lover, Henry, will abandoned her. Instead, he runs away with her to Australia, where he drinks, gambles, and abuses her, all the while doting on their daughter, Lucy. Determined to have a better life, Beattie runs away to Tasmania, where she and Lucy make a rocky start at Wildflower Hill, a large sheep ranch badly managed by a sinister English gentleman. In present-day London, Beattie's granddaughter, Emma, a driven ballet dancer, suffers her own setbacks, which propel her home to her family in Australia. There she learns her grandmother left an unwelcome inheritance that changes her life. Despite its length, this first novel moves swiftly through secrets, forbidden love, and heartbreak, revealing two strong female protagonists and appealing secondary characters, especially the two men who work at Wildflower Hill with Beattie. Fans of multigenerational family sagas (like those of Kate Morton and Colleen McCullough) who are attracted by hardscrabble, romantic settings will eat it up.--Maguire, Susa. Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Freeman's debut novel, Emma Blaxland-Hunter, a prima ballerina from London, must re-evaluate her life after doctors declare her knee unfit for dancing. At the behest of her mother, Emma returns home to Sydney, where she discovers her affluent and loving grandmother, Beattie Blaxland, has left her an inheritance: Wildflower Hill, an old sheep farm in Tasmania. When Emma settles in temporarily to clean out Wildflower Hill and sell it, she discovers a photo of her grandmother with a mysterious child. Determined to discover the girl's identity, Emma is pulled closer to Wildflower Hill's sordid history and ultimately, her grandmother's untidy secrets. In this sentimental narrative, readers learn the answers to Emma's questions just as she begins to ask them, which makes for a fairly predictable read. The novel's strength instead lies in Freeman's complex characters-capable of love and hate, shame and redemption. Both Beattie and Emma find themselves having to start over, and it is for these two women that readers cheer and sympathize. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.