Having read many of Kim Wilkins books in the Gothic Horror genre such as ‘Angel of Ruin’, or Gina Champion young adults series, when my friend said you should read Kimberley Freeman books, I thought I’d give her a go in this genre.
The story in the present bound together with a story from the past.
Beattie is a young woman in trouble. What will she do? Her Henry finds her and takes her away with him to Tasmania, on the other side of the world, away from Glasgow in Ireland. A few short years later with Lucy her daughter, she finds life difficult. Henry gambles and drinks away their money. She’s always having to ask for credit and when it runs out, she is desperate. Henry becomes abusive and Beattie takes matters into her own hands.
Emma, Beattie’s grand daughter, is a prima ballerina and she knows nothing of her grandmother’s past life or struggles. She is self-absorbed in her world in London. Her grandmother had died but left her ample fortune to charity. A point of contention for Emma’s mother and uncle. When Emma is ditched by her boyfriend her world comes crashing down around her. She pushes her body too hard, then knee injury forces her to return to Sydney to her mother. That’s when she discovers that Beattie left something in her will for her, a house in Tasmania called Wildflower Hill. What she learns there when cleaning up the house to sell, is that Beattie had a mysterious past. In searching for answers, Emma learns a lot about herself, makes friends and discovers that the life she believes she is wanting may not be her future.
I loved this story and know that from now on anything Kimberley Freeman will be on my to read list. But that not surprising as I’ve always loved her writing.