Wildflower Hill tells the gripping story of the Blaxland women who ended up a wealthy Australian family after much struggle by Beattie, the matriarch. The focus is on Beattie and her granddaughter, Emma. The two characters seemed very much alive as both had lives filled with romance, heartache, and drama, especially on Beattie’s part. Beattie proved to be an incredibly strong woman after discovering she was pregnant at nineteen by her married boyfriend and then being disowned by her parents. She was the one who made the family fortune. Emma didn’t start out as strong given how quickly she fell apart when she was dumped by her boyfriend on the grounds of being too career-focused and then almost immediately suffered a career-ending injury, but she did eventually get there. The story kept my interest with each page as I tried to figure out what man from Beattie’s life was Emma’s grandfather and what Emma would discover next as she searched through the artifacts of Beattie’s former home.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Touchstone.