Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub date: 23 Aug 2011
Source: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
1920s, Glasgow – Beattie Blaxland is in love with Henry, a married man.When she becomes pregnant with his child, her family abandons her. Beattie and Henry, very much in love, run away to Australia to start a new life. But Beattie’s life doesn’t turn out the way she had hoped it would.
2009, London – Emma Blaxland-Hunter is prima ballerina who has hurt her knee and finds out that she may never be able to dance again. When she goes home to Australia to heal and figure out what to do with her life, she finds out that her grandmother Beattie has left her Tasmanian sheep farm to Emma.
Emma’s life was all about dancing. Now that she can’t dance anymore, she finds it impossible to picture her life or her future. When she goes to the sheep farm that her grandmother had left her, she finds out something about Beattie that no one in her family knows.
Beattie is of course a character who is easy to root for. As Emma finds out more about her grandmother’s secret life before she married her grandfather, we also find out about Beattie’s story. From an unmarried pregnant women to a single mother, Beattie uses her smarts and tenacity and becomes the owner of a sheep farm. But prejudices of the time threaten not only her farm but also her happiness.
Emma has to now figure out what she wants to do with her life. When she first came to Wildflower Hill, all she wanted to do was fix up the place, get rid of the stuff that had been collected over the years and sell the property. But having time to heal and think, and getting more curious about her grandmother, she also becomes more involved in the community. Discovering the story of her grandmother and helping the people around her makes Emma shake out her self-involved shell and come into her own.
Beattie knew that the lessons that she learnt through her life would be lessons that Emma would some day need. In learning about her grandmother’s life, Emma learns to overcome bad luck and make her life what she wants it to be.
There is something about a story that centres around a fight for a home that immediately calls to me. I could have done without some of the romantic parts in Emma’s story, but overall, I loved this inspirational story about finding oneself and figuring out what is important in life.
Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys stories about overcoming odds and finding true happiness. Fans of women’s fiction will also enjoy this story about strong women.
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