Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman

I received a galley of this novel from Galley Grab for review. This in no way affected my opinions.

Wildflower Hill is a gorgeous novel, told from the perspective of two women from two different times. The book rotates between the story of Beattie Blaxland in the 1930s and her granddaughter Emma in the present time.

Emma is a successful ballerina in London, whose career ends after an unfortunate injury. Returning home to Australia, she finds that her grandmother left her a home in her will. The home is called Wildflower Hill. Emma goes up to Wildflower Hill, expecting to clean it out and sell it, but while going through her grandmother's things, she finds out the secrets her grandmother had been keeping about her past.

In 1929, Beattie was both pregnant and unwed. Unfortunately, the father of her child is married, but they run off together to Australia, but life doesn't get any easier for Beattie. Beattie was met with roadblock after roadblock and tried to bust through each as best she could. However, no matter her strength, she just couldn't get through some obstacles. This only made her stronger. Still, Beattie tries to make her own life, obtaining Wildflower Hill. There she finds herself; there she finds love.

I was completely consumed in both the stories of Beattie and Emma – the struggles of both strong women. The book was beautifully written and flowed seamlessly. The transition between the two stories was masterfully done. Each ended and then started again perfectly.

I gobbled this book up in two days. I just couldn't stop reading. Anyone looking for a good story that tugs on your heartstrings would surely love Wildflower Hill.


Joanne said...

So glad this one turned out to be a winner! I've had my eye on it and can't wait until it's released!

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! My copy is on pre-order so it will be arriving soon. Can't wait to read it.