In 1929, Beattie Blaxland had dreams. Big dreams. She dreamed of a life of fashion and fabrics. One thing she never dreamed was that she would find herself pregnant to her married lover, just before her nineteenth birthday.
In 2009, Emma Blaxland-Hunter was living her dream. A prima ballerina with the London Ballet, she had everything...Until the moment she lost it all.
Separated by decades, both women must find the strength to rebuild their lives.
A legacy from one to the other will lead to Wildflower Hill, a place where a woman can learn to stand alone long enough to realise what she really wants.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 22/11/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781780877082
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Review by nicx27
This is a real saga of a book (over 500 pages) telling the story of Beattie Blaxland. Her tale is a bit of a rags to riches one and the major part of this book focuses on the rags bit and how she came to have a farm called Wildflower Hill in Tasmania. In amongst this is the story of her granddaughter, Emma, a prima ballerina. As Emma deals with a big blow in her life, she ends up finding out more about her grandmother's early life.I liked this book and found it to be a really easy read, although I didn't like it quite as much as Kimberley Freeman's second book, Lighthouse Bay. Beattie's parts of the story were much more engaging than Emma's but that may have been because those bits formed the majority of the book. Beattie herself was a strong heroine and I liked her a lot and rooted for her all the way through. A very enjoyable tale.