Friday, January 13, 2012

Review: Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman

Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 544
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5


Emma Blaxton-Hunter is a world renowned prima ballerina, living a perfect life with the perfect boyfriend. First, the boyfriend decides that the relationship isn’t going in the direction that he wants, and second, Emma‘s knee is severely injured and she can feel her career being ripped away. Her mother insists that she move back to Australia and forget about London and Josh. Emma is so heartbroken over Josh and her career that she gives in and goes home. While in Australia a few days, her Uncle comes to visit and hints at a secret; apparently her grandmother Beattie has left her something in her will and the stipulation was that she returns to Australia before she could be told about the inheritance. Now, it makes sense why her mother was constantly asking her to come home. Emma’s Mother and Uncle didn’t see any of Beattie’s fortune; it was all given away to various charities and Emma is wondering what could be left. Her grandmother knew she wasn’t very materialistic and doesn’t think it would be money. Both her Mother and Uncle are very bitter about the way the estate was handled, and they pressure Emma to visit with the lawyer right away. Emma is given a house that she is advised to sell but the contents need to be emptied. While Emma begins to recover from her knee surgery, she moves to Tasmania and learns about her grandmother’s secret life before she was married.

Wildflower Hill is a captivating, absorbing read. The story is told from both Emma and Beattie’s perspectives. Both stories were equally engrossing and mesmerizing. Kimberly Freeman has amazing talent, and readers will be transported into her story. Emma is lost, her career is over and her boyfriend is gone. She begins to realize how much her life revolved around her career, everything came second and she always expected to dance. When Emma returns to the farm and begins to open boxes, she finds a mysterious picture of her grandmother standing with a man, and a little girl. Emma is baffled. Could her grandmother have had a secret family? Emma begins to uncover the secrets of Beattie’s past. A young and careless Beattie had an affair with a married man and ran away to Australia when they learn she is expecting. Beattie is desperate, her mother has thrown her out, and she is ecstatic that Henry wants to be with her. Beattie’s perfect romance is cut short when Henry becomes an alcoholic, abusive gambler. Henry barely provides food each week for his daughter, and has mounting debt. When a second letter appears from Henry’s ex-wife, Beattie is furious. Molly proposes that Henry return to her, and entices him with her new found wealth. Beattie is afraid that he will take Lucy and decides she must take her life into her own hands, She’s tired of being the victim, a friend once told her that there are two types of women in this world “those who do things and those who have things done to them.“


I loved this book! I loved every page, every detailed paragraph and felt sad when I closed the book and left the characters behind. Readers are always on the hunt for the book you completely fall in love with, and can’t stop thinking about- Wildflower Hill was that type of novel. I loved Emma and Beattie’s stories equally. The story was paced very well, and transitioned perfectly. I was thoroughly moved by this book. Do yourself a favor and read this one, this will not be sorry. This book has made it to my top 5 favorite books read this year.

17 comments:

  1. I have been meaning to read this one for a while, it is sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I am going to have to get to it soon because it sounds like I would really enjoy it. Wonderful review!

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  2. I love books like this. Will keep an eye out for this one. Great review!

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  3. Will also be noting this one down.

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  4. I also really liked this book, and loved the dual narrative, which was equally interesting on both sides. One of the things I loved about it was the fact that it was serious and intense, but also light and funny at times. A great read. I am glad that you loved it!

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  5. Yay for another Wildflower Hill fan! This was my top fav read of 2011, so I'm happy it's already standing out as special for you in 2012.

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  6. First of all, what a beautiful cover! It's so bright and vibrant, I just love it:) Second, couldn't agree with you more on constantly being on the hunt for that novel that just sticks with you and gives you amazing characters, so glad you found it in this one!

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  7. This book sounds captivating and just like the kind of story I love!

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    1. Me too! I can't wait to read it. I fell in love with the idea of Tasmania while watching (don't laugh!) a past season of Australia's Next Top Model, and I have always wanted to know more. Thank you for posting this review!

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  8. Wow this one sounds like a great read!!! I've never heard of it before but the characters and concept make me want to pick it up NOW!!! Great review :)


    Jaskirat~SeeitORreadit

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  9. I must say I'm so glad to see this up as a review on your site. I have been wondering about this book ever since I passed it in Target one day. I'm so happy to know that it was an excellent read from both POV's. This is so going on my To buy list. Thanks for the review!

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  10. Great review. It immediately went on my list of favourites once I finished. Definitely agree that this is one not to be missed.

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  11. Honestly, the plot sounds just okay to me like it's not super original. But every review I've read has loved it and I've seen tons of 5/5's so I definitely think I'm going to read this. I might do audio.. I hear that's good as well!

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  12. Wow! After reading your review I can't believe had not heard of this before. You have made me want to go get it first thing in the morning! You make Wildflower Hill sound so amazing!

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  13. It sounds like this book has something for everyone. You've made it sound wonderful!

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  14. I haven't heard of this book before, but I will have to check it out. I love the cover! Thanks for the awesome review.

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  15. I haven't heard of this book until I read your review. It sounds like an interesting/good read. Great review!

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  16. I have this sitting on my tbr stacks. I should read it for my Just For Fun read next month. After reading your review, I think this will be a book I will love too!

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