Book Review: Where Lilacs Still Bloom

Where Lilacs Still Bloom
Jane Kirkpatrick

About the Book (from

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 Thoughts:

This is the second book I’ve read written by Jane Kirkpatrick. The first was called The Daughter’s Walk and it was written in the same style as Where Lilacs Still Bloom. Both of these books are based on the true story of a woman in history. Kirkpatrick has a great way of taking facts about someone’s life and crafting a beautiful story out of them. The stories she crafts are her take on what may have happened in the characters lives and the reader must remember that these stories are not the actual, true story of the characters, rather they are based on the true stories.

It took me a few chapters to really get into this book and even when I did, it wasn’t the sort of book that kept me turning pages late into the night. I enjoyed learning about Hulda and her lilacs, but the book wasn’t always super entertaining. It may be that the subject matter, lilacs, wasn’t of great interest to me. If you’re interested in lilacs or stories of history, this book will be right up your alley. I look forward to seeing what story Jane Kirkpatrick tells next!

Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

Buy the Book:

This book can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.


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