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.