Monday, May 7, 2012

Review:Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick

This one is another good one from Jane Kirkpatrick. I just love reading her stories. Her characters really come alive to me. This one is suppose to be based on an actual true story. I loved reading about Hulda and her lilacs. In the beginning of the book Hulda has a conversation with her father about apples and this was where Hula's lilac garden got started. She was a very tough lady and very exciting to read about. I was sad for towards the end of the book because she outlives all of her children. But the one true constant in her life was her garden. And even though she had to fight insurmountable obstacles the garden would always remain one way or another. And this story is all about that journey. Here is an excerpt from the back cover:
German immigrant Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education- and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda's driving purpose: a time consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early twentieth century expectations for a simple housewife.
Through the years, seasonal floods continually threaten to erase her Woodland, Washington,garden; and a series of family tragedies cause even Hulda to question her focus. In a time of practicality, can one person's simple gifts of beauty make a difference?
This book was sent to me for free for my honest review through the Blogging for Books program.