Make sure you have a free evening, because after you’ve read the heartrending Stars Across The Ocean by talented Kimberley Freeman, you’re going to want to jump in your car, drive to your mother’s house and give her the longest hug.
Stars Across The Ocean is a stunning accomplishment from prolific author Kimberley Freeman. Under this name, she has written seven novels for women’s fiction, and under the name of Kim Wilkins, she’s written twenty-one novels.
Her new novel spans across time and place by jumping between the present and the past, between the modern day and 1874. It’s cross-generational, international, and exceptional.
1874: Agnes Resolute is a foundling. She grew up in an orphan’s home, always having been told that she was abandoned by her mother, with nothing to tell her who her mother was, save one button in the shape of a unicorn. She’d always believed that her mother must have been too poor to keep her.
Working as a laundress, she recognises another button – exactly the same as her own. More than that, it belongs to Geneveive Breckby, the daughter of a wealthy noble family. So begins Agnes’ search for her mother.
She travels from the northern moors of England, to old London town, and then to Paris, Ceylon, and Australia. Agnes is determined to follow her mother’s trail – but even if she does find her mother, will Genevieve live up to her expectations?
Stars Across The Ocean is an enthralling story about love in all forms. It explores whether it’s possible to love someone you’ve never met. With twists and turns galore, Freeman weaves a tale of finding out just where we belong in the world, and to whom.
The novel is ambitious. Not only does Agnes’ story span years and countries, Freeman effortlessly connects the past to the present with a modern tale of motherhood and love. Agnes’ story resonates with us, not just because she is an enthralling character, but because she feels what we feel, even over a hundred years into the future.
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.