Emma is a world-renowned ballerina – she knows no other life, nor does she desire one. But when a fall ends her career, she doesn’t know what to do. Her whole life has been revolved around dance, her boyfriend recently broke up with her and she has only a handful of friends – all dancers. She goes home to her parents and learns that she inherited a sheep ranch from her late grandmother. She decides to go to Tasmania, a small community, and clear out the house’s contents so she can sell it.
There, she begins to unpack items from hundreds of boxes of her grandmother’s life, pieces of a puzzle that she can’t seem to reconnect. She makes new friends, helps a studio of girls with Down syndrome with ballet and begins to find herself again.
Meanwhile, the story flashes back to Beattie, Emma’s grandmother. Her troubles when she is young, falling in love with a dashing married man. When her mother finds out Beattie is pregnant, she tosses her out. With no help from Henry, she goes to a home for unmarried women. Her shame is great, but when Henry appears, she is delighted. They run off together and begin to make a new life with their infant daughter, Lucy. But Henry drowns his troubles with liquor and Beattie can’t live that life anymore, so she takes Lucy and escapes. She begins to pick up the pieces of her life again and eventually wins a sheep farm in a poker game.
However, her troubles are only beginning. Henry returns for Lucy, but this time with his wife. She decides to split custody with them, even though it breaks her heart. But finding her greatest love helps her with their separation, until her greatest love dies and Henry takes Lucy and doesn’t tell Beattie where they have gone.
Between Beattie’s unique and heartbreaking life and Emma trying to find herself and what she desires in her heart for the future, Wildflower Hill is a magnificent saga that will find a place within your heart. Beattie’s fashion designs and her determination build the foundation for the new generation. Emma’s story was solid but I found myself immersed with Beattie’s story. The struggles she went through, the heartbreak and her triumphs, she is a strong and complex character who I grew to love. Wildflower Hill is a wonderful read that I highly recommend. I just wish there was a sequel! I would love to spend more time with these characters.
Thanks to the publisher, I have two copies to giveaway!!
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