Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Jane Kirkpatrick writes historical novels based on real people and events and the two of hers I’ve read, the first being A Daughter’s Walk, have been about strong women. I found both of them inspiring even if I may not have always agreed with the path they chose; I did admire their strength and courage.

This one, Where LILACS STILL BLOOM, is about Hulda Klager, a German immigrant and a farmer’s wife who dared to venture into a world people knew little about in her time. She dreamed of having an apple that was crisper, larger and easier to peel  for her pies. This led to an all consuming passion in plant horticulture, flowers in particular, and the development of 254 verities of lilacs in varying colors, sizes with a nice scent, that are hardier and more resistant to disease.

A series of tragedies caused her to question her focus and whether she was neglecting her family. She out lived her husband and children, enduring seasonal floods that threatened to destroy her garden and home. Her generous heart and joy of sharing her lilacs enabled her work to live out past her own life.

This is a good book that you will find uplifting, bring you to tears, and be in awe of a woman with such strength of character.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Press for an honest unbiased review.

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