Kimberley Freeman (General fiction – historical & Australian related)

Kimberley Freeman was born in London, but grew up Australia. She teaches critical and creative writing at the University of Queensland, and writes a selection of general fiction, most of which have a historical or Australian theme. She has written the following books:
• Duet (2007)
• Gold Dust (2008)
• Wild Flower Hill (2010)
• Light House Bay (2012)
• Ember Island (2013)
• Evergreen Falls (2014)
Did you know that Kimberley Freeman is also the pen name for the Australian author Kim Wilkins?

Duet by Kimberley Freeman

freeman - duetA story of passion, greed, secrets and lies.
Present day – A reclusive woman living in outback Australia receives a letter acknowledging a terrible secret from her past. Thirty years before, she stole another woman’s life. From the moment the letter is opened two women are on a collision course with destiny. From the London pop scene, to the opera stages of Europe; from a tiny Greek island, to a stifling manor house full of secrets and deceptions; from the sun-drenched Queensland coast, to the silent outback; Angela and Ellie are two women both looking for something. One in search of her identity and her memory; the other in search of the love that she had and lost; theirs is a duet whose last note will not be sung until the heart-stopping climax, when a shadow from the past returns to claim them both.

Gold Dust By Kimberley Freeman

freeman - golddust

 

From Leningrad in the seventies to America and London in the present day, this novel follows the lives of two sisters, Lena and Natalia and their cousin, Sofi, as they move away from Russia and all they have known .Despite promising to always take care of each other, a pact to meet every winter is shattered as their lives change and long-held resentments begin to surface. Can that resentment turn to hatred, or even to murder?

 

 

 

Wild Flower Hill by Kimberley Freeman

freeman - wildflower hillFrom the class divisions of depression-era Glasgow, to the rolling pastures of a rural Tasmanian sheep farm. An unforgettable story of passion, love, secrets and loss.

Glasgow, 1929 – Beattie Blaxland had dreams. Big dreams. She dreamed of a life of fashion and fabrics. One thing she never dreamed was that she would find herself pregnant to her married lover, just before her nineteenth birthday.

London, 2009 – Emma Blaxland-Hunter was living her dream. A prima ballerina with the London Ballet, she had everything…until the moment she lost it all. Separated by decades, both women must find the strength to rebuild their lives. A legacy from one to the other will lead to Wildflower Hill, a place where a woman can learn to stand alone long enough to realise what she really wants

Light House Bay by Kimberley Freeman

Freeman - lighthouse bay1901 – Isabella Winterbourne has suffered the worst loss a woman can know. She can no longer bear her husband nor his oppressive upper-class family. On a voyage between London and Sydney to accompany a priceless gift to the Australian parliament, Isabella is the sole survivor of a shipwreck off the sun-drenched Queensland coast. But in this strange new place, she finds she cannot escape her past quite as easily as she had hoped.

2011 – A woman returns from Paris to her beachside home town to reconcile with her sister. But she, too, has a past that is hard to escape and her sister is not in a mood to forgive her. Strange noises at night and activity at the abandoned lighthouse raise her curiosity, and she finds herself investigating a century-old town mystery.

Ember Island by Kimbereley Freeman

ember island1891 – Orphaned as a small child, Tilly Kirkland found a loving, safe home with her grandfather in Dorset. But nineteenth-century England is an unforgiving place for a young woman with limited means and as her grandfather s health fails, it seems perfect timing that she meets Jasper Dellafore. But her new husband is not all he seems. Alone in the Channel Islands, Tilly finds her dream of a loving marriage is turning into a nightmare.

2012 – Bestselling novelist Nina Jones is struggling with writer s block and her disappointing personal life. Nothing is quite working. After a storm damages Starwater, her house on Ember Island, she decides to stay for a while and oversee the repairs: it’s a perfect excuse to leave her problems behind her on the mainland. Then Nina discovers diary pages hidden in the walls of the old home. And a mystery unravels that she is determined to solve. Though the two women are separated by years, Starwater House will alter the course of both their lives. Nina will find that secrets never stay buried and Tilly learns that what matters most is trusting your heart.

Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman

Freeman - evergreen falls1926 – Violet Armstrong is one of the few remaining members of staff working at the grand Evergreen Spa Hotel as it closes down over winter. Only a handful of guests are left, including the heir to a rich grazing family, his sister and her suave suitor. When a snowstorm moves in, the hotel is cut off and they are all trapped. No one could have predicted what would unfold.
2014 – After years of putting her sick brother’s needs before her own, Lauren Beck leaves her home and takes a job at a Blue Mountains cafe, the first stage of the Evergreen Spa Hotel’s renovations. There she meets Tomas, the Danish architect who is overseeing the project, and an attraction begins to grow. In a wing of the old hotel, Lauren finds a series of passionate love letters dated back to 1926, alluding to an affair – and a shocking secret. If she can unravel this long-ago mystery, will it make Lauren brave enough to take a risk and change everything in her own life?

You may like to read Kimberley Freeman if you enjoy authors such as:

Monica McInerney
Fiona McIntosh  (her historical books)
Belinda Alexander
Kate Morton
Santa Montefiore
Paullina Simons
Di Morrissey
Judy Nunn
Joy Dettman

You can browse our selection of Kimberley Freeman books here

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About HB Williams Memorial Library Staff

The HB Williams Memorial Library includes five community libraries and supports the multi-cultural community of Gisborne and the East Coast of New Zealand.
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