Where Lilacs Still Bloom

A Novel

Fiction - Western
371 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2012
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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

In this book, Jane Kirkpatrick uses real life heroine Hulda Klager. Hulda was a farmer's wife in Woodland, WA, born in Germany and taken to the US in 1865 at the age of two. At an early age, Hulda created an easy peeling hybrid apple for her pies because she was tired of peeling small apples. This peeked her interest in plant hybridization and in 1905 Hulda Klager started creating a number of different lilacs for herself. She went on fulfilling her dream by experimenting with other flowers and plants, making them better and richer and easier to use. Based on the life of Hulda Klager, "Where Lilacs Still Bloom" is a story of triumph over an impossible dream and the power of a generous heart.

Hulda Klager’s story was very interesting to me, mainly because she worked through her difficulties, triumphs and losses, through the negative talk of the people around her, but she didn’t let this stop her from following her dream. It is fascinating to read how she t about creating different colors of lilacs, and even talked others into helping her. And to make this book a little more special, I found out that there is actually a Hulda Klager Lilac Society that meets every month in Hulda’s house. And the house is open for visitors, and has different activities going on throughout the year. Even weddings can be held at Hulda’s house. Isn't that way too cool? And the Lilacs, oh so beautiful! Here is the website, check it out for yourself.

And while you are at it, why not grab a copy of this book and read about Hulda Klager’s life with her beautiful creations. You will not be disappointed.