Friday, May 11, 2012

Where Lilacs Still Bloom

“Where Lilacs Still Bloom” by Jane Kirkpatrick, is the true story of Hulda Klager. Hulda was a German immigrant and a farm wife in 1889 Washington. She wanted to create an apple that would be easy to peel and be crisp enough for her pies. With the help of her father, Hulda finally achieved her goal through plant hybridization. She then turned her attention to her flowers. She started grafting her flowers to see if she could come up with different shades of daffodils along with other kinds of flowers. But her main focus quickly became lilacs. She wanted to create lilacs not only in different colors but also with more petals. Hulda was faced with many adversities the biggest being the flood each year. She also faced much sadness in watching her daughters lose husband and also when she lost her own daughter. Even through all the sadness and hardships, Hulda managed to keep her eye on God and he always pulled her through.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt so sorry for Hulda because of everything she went through and I cheered when she finally got her creamy lilac with twelve petals. This book really brings to life what it was like for immigrants who came to America for a better future during that time. This book is also a good example of how sometimes we let grief overcome us, but we should always press on and never give up on our dreams and that God is always in control even when we do not know what is in store for our futures. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Waterbrook Press.

Chasing the Sun

In “Chasing the Sun” by Tracie Peterson, we meet Hannah Dandridge and William Barnett. Hannah’s father moved their family to Texas during the Civil War in hopes of a better future. He was given a ranch because of his support for the southern cause. When Hannah’s father goes missing she is left in charge of running the ranch and also taking care of her younger siblings. Then William Barnett comes into the picture. William was hurt during the war and has returned to his family’s ranch to recover and to take over what his father started. But he soon discovers that Hannah believes the ranch is hers. Hannah also has to deal with the unwanted attention from Herbert Lockhart. Lockhart was her father’s business partner and he wants Hannah and all that she would inherit from her father, so much so that he has her father killed. Hannah and William are strongly attracted to one another and Lockhart will do anything to come between them. Will Lockhart get away with murder? Will Hannah and William finally realize they are meant to be together?

“Chasing the Sun” is the first book in the Land of the Lone Star trilogy. Tracie Peterson never misses with her books and this is another great one. She always tells a great story with an even greater message to the reader. I highly recommend this book and any other Tracie Peterson book. I can’t wait for book two. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House.