September 4, 2011

Wildflower Hill by Kimberly Freeman

According to Cora, there are two types of people in the world - those who do things and those who have things done to them.

Emma has always been a woman who does things, who fought her way to the coveted spot of a prima ballerina in a London ballet company. Until one dark night her career as a ballerina is cut short and her life takes on a different course, one that takes her to the home of her recently deceased grandmother, Beattie, in Tasmania. While clearing out Beattie's home, Emma finds clues to the story of Beattie's life that know one knew other than Beattie herself. A small red-haired child, a love letter that couldn't have been written to Emma's grandpa, and rumors of a scandalous poker game.

Wildflower Hill is written from the perspective of these two women - Emma and Beattie - as they tell their stories seventy years apart. The book alternates between their stories and help you piece together the puzzle and the significance of Wildflower Hill in both women's lives.

After I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down and finished it in 48 hours. Even with all of her flaws, I loved Beattie's character and had to know what happened to her and how her story played out. The book is full of heart-breaking twists that I hated but quickly saw were essential to the story. This is the first book I've read by Kimberly Freeman. She made her characters come to life, the scenery visible through her words, and the story was believable and made me want to read more. 5 stars.


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