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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Where The Lilacs Still Bloom By Jane Kirkpatrick

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?

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.

“Beauty matters… it does. God gave us flowers for a reason. Flowers remind us to put away fear, to stop our rushing and running and worrying about this and that, and for a moment, have a piece of paradise right here on earth.”

My Thoughts:
I did bit of research in to Hulda and as soon as I finshed researching her I had to read this book.
thanks to Blogging for books I was able to recieve a review copy of it.
From the momet I recieved it I had to stop everything I was working on and read about this remarkable woman.I really enjoyed the history behind the story as well. everytime soemthign awful happend to Hulda's garden I found my self in the garden with her helping her pull up the poor plants that were salvagable and watched as she planted yet again and hoping that she would evetually succeed in her quest for the creamy white lilac. If you love gardening and history  read this one,  you wont regret it.


Mystica said...

Sounds good. I am always attracted to the pictures of lilacs because we don't have them in our country!