Where Lilacs Still Bloom: A Novel
One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through.
German immigrant and farm wife 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? (c.2012)
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Early Buzz about Where Lilacs Still Bloom: A Novel
"Rarely does a book inspire me as much as this one has. To learn about what this one woman and her family did in their lifetime makes me want to try harder in my own life. I could never do what she did with flowers, but I can hope to live in such a way that my passion for God, my love for my family, and my hope for a beautiful garden will be remembered. I highly recommend reading this book!" Sandi Smith, blogger
Renn over at Heart to Heart books: "Where Lilacs Bloom was a beautiful story based on true events that occurred in Hulda Klager's life. This fact made the story come even more alive for me as I read it."
Kathleen over at Lane Hill House: "Hulda Klager's life will encourage you to persist against all odds to achieve your dream. You say you left them far behind? Don't! Keep your dream alive. You will reach your vision if you will continue and not give up. Life is daily."
Macy Twain @Tikk Tok: "I wasn’t sure about reviewing this title, but I thought “Why not?” I have to say, I’m really glad I did. While I’m not a gardener and plant grafting and propagation is not on my bucket list, not only did I go and research this woman, but I also wanted to order some of her lilacs after reading this book."
RT Book Reviews! ****1/2 stars "A new historical novel by an amazing author, Where Lilacs Bloom is packed full of romance, drama, family hardships and determination. The main character spends her life trying to create a new form of lilac. There are success and failures, as she battles floods, family tragedy and naysayers, but she perseveres." April 2012 RT Book Reviews
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