A long-forgotten secret, a scandalous attraction and a place where two women’s lives are changed forever – Evergreen Falls is the captivating new novel from Kimberley Freeman.
1926: 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. When the storm clears they must all keep the devastating secrets hidden.
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?
Inspired by elements of her grandmother’s life, a rich and satisfying tale of intrigue, heartbreak and love from the author of the bestselling Lighthouse Bay and Wildflower Hill.
Romance, mystery, family drama, mad passionate love…all of these elements converge into an atmospheric and engaging story set in the Blue Mountains.
The beautiful cover initially drew my eye but Kimberley’s excellent writing captivated my attention. With a dual timeline swinging back and forth from 2014 to 1926, both stories progressed with equal engagement and a strong link between the two eras. There are plenty of characters to love and loathe, the intricacies of their lives keeping me up late into the night, eagerly turning the pages in a bid to solve the mysteries Kimberley had hidden within the narrative so well. I’ve always loved a story that involves a mystery in an old house, but an old hotel – even better! There’s a free novella that you can download that goes with this novel, The Engagement Party, which is also a good read, although very short, only about a chapter’s worth.
Evergreen Falls is a must read for fans of Australian historical fiction and Kimberley Freeman is an author I’ve added to my favourites.
Kimberley was born in London and her family moved back to Australia when she was three years old. She grew up in Queensland where she currently lives.
Kimberley has written for as long as she can remember and she is proud to write in many genres. She is an award-winning writer in children’s, historical and speculative fiction under her birth name Kim Wilkins. She adopted the pen name Kimberley Freeman for her commercial women’s fiction novels Duet and Gold Dust to honour her maternal grandmother and to try and capture the spirit of the page-turning novels she has always loved to read. Kim has an Honours degree, a Masters degree and a PhD from The University of Queensland where she is also a lecturer. She lives in Brisbane with her young family