Thursday, May 3, 2012
Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick
Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick is the story of Hulda Klager and her life. Hulda was a woman who emigrated with her family from Germany when she was a girl. Her father encouraged her in her botanical interests and she went on to develop a better apple, flowers and then spent much of her life breeding lilacs in the hopes of making new colors and a 12 petaled flower. Along the way she worries that she is not balancing her priorities appropriately between her family and her love of lilacs and gardening.
About the book
As a gardener, woman and mother I found many parallels between Hulda's life and my own. I often wonder if I'm balancing my life correctly between y interests and my responsibilities. I also love gardening so I connected with the character of Hulda and how many obstacles she encountered but continued to work on her dream anyway.
Read the first chapter here
Jane Kirkpatrick weaves the stories of other characters from many different backgrounds into Hulda's story. This technique keeps the story interesting and helps you get a better feel for the time period in which Hulda lived.
Throughout the story Hulda speaks of faith in God and draws on that faith when she is faced with hardship. You will also get a strong sense of family connectedness from this story which left me longing for he days when family lived closer together and supported each other more than in our modern American culture.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.