Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick

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11 Critic Reviews

When I smell lilacs I will now, always, think of Hulda . . . her determination, faith and research will challenge me to do more, too! Loved this read!
-Tammy's Book Parlor

Synopsis

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.”


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Jane Kirkpatrick

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After 26 years living on Starvation Lane on a remote ranch in Oregon, Jane Kirkpatrick and her husband, Jerry, moved back to Bend, Oregon where they'd lived years before. Two dogs and a formerly outdoor cat made the transition well as they begin a new life next to a lily pond instead of the John Day River. Where Lilacs Still Bloom is Jane's twenty-second book, her nineteenth novel. She has two lilacs from Hulda Klager's garden.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by WaterBrook Press. 386 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Where Lilacs Still Bloom
All: 11 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Feb 20 2012

. . .the horticultural detail might tire those readers who are not flower fanatics.

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Pacific Horticulture

Excellent
Reviewed by Judith Taylor

We should be grateful to Kirkpatrick for her recognition that Hulda Klager's story was important. . .

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Night Owl Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Barb on Apr 17 2012

I was impressed with the lesser characters and how they fit into the story of this remarkable woman.

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Burton Book Review

Excellent
on May 07 2012

Touching upon the questions of faith versus nature versus God's creation, the tone of the book was such that I could not put it down. Where Lilacs Still Bloom is the epitome of a page turner.

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The Friendly Book Nook

Good
Reviewed by Sally on Mar 24 2012

If you are interested in historical fiction and love a great story – this is a book for you to read!

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Maureen's Musings

Good
Reviewed by Maureen Timerman on Mar 16 2012

This is a don't miss heartwarming, feel good book.

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Niki Hahn's Journal

Good
Reviewed by Nikole Hahn on Apr 26 2012

The characters are lovable and the book impeccable in its flow and readability.

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Portraits of M.E.

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Reviewed by MaryEllen Herra on May 31 2012

. . .if you like flowers then you’ll enjoy Hulda’s story.  

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Tammy's Book Parlor

Good
Reviewed by Tammy G on Apr 23 2012

When I smell lilacs I will now, always, think of Hulda . . . her determination, faith and research will challenge me to do more, too! Loved this read!

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The Academy of Cybertoria

Good
Reviewed by Patricia on Apr 21 2012

As a reader I could not share the passion that Hulda had for her blooms. Nevertheless this was a very well written book with well developed characters and a good storyline.

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Duct Tape Wallet

Good
Reviewed by Sandi on Mar 20 2012

Rarely does a book inspire me as much as this one has.

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