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?

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 Comments:  When I requested this book to review, I thought the synopsis sounded interesting, although I was not too sure about the cover of the book.  Well, don’t let the cover dissuade you.  The book is quite engaging.  In fact, I read this book from cover to cover in two days.  Jane Kirkpatrick wrote this fiction book based on the life of a real person, Hulda Klager.   I love that concept – writing fiction based on a real-life person.  Ms. Klager seemed to have so much energy – I so envy that.  She accomplished quite a bit in her  life.  Her generosity touched me – not sure I could ever be like her, but it would definitely be something to strive for.  Even though Ms. Klager achieved only a formal eighth grade education, she was creative, smart, and a huge risk-taker.  Her husband supported each endeavor and they had a model marriage.  Her life wasn’t always easy.  In fact because she lived at the first half of the 1900’s, life indeed was difficult and women lived a much different type of life.  Women were stifled of their creativity in many ways – expected to work in the home only.  Where Lilacs Still Bloom introduced us to several talented career women.  We saw both men and women interested in gardening and creating new plants.  The descriptions in the book made it possible to visualize Ms. Klager’s garden.  I could smell the lilacs!  This book would be classified as Christian fiction.  If you are interested in historical fiction and love a great story – this is a book for you to read!

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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