Where Lilacs Still Bloom
Faith blooms in a lilac garden in Jane Kirkpatrick
Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick takes readers for the journey of a lifetime Ã¢ÂÂ the lifetime of Hulda Klager, wife, mother, gardener and amateur botanist Ã¢ÂÂ in her fictionalized biography Ã¢ÂÂWhere Lilacs Still Bloom.Ã¢ÂÂ Based on the life of the woman who developed hundreds of new lilac cultivars, the story carries us from 1889 to 1958.
Klager lived in a small town in Washington, between the Lewis and Columbia Rivers. The currents of the rivers provide some of the currents of her life as she seeks to balance the pulls of duty, faith and dreaming of new plant varieties. For Klager, the garden is a metaphor for her spiritual life and the tasks necessary to develop and maintain a strong, productive plant mirror the work of growing as a person.
Within her world, Klager was a little bit of an oddity. Her eighth-grade education shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt have set her on a course as a botanist. The demands of her life shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt have left time for dreaming of new cultivars. The losses she sustained should have made her hard and bitter.
Instead, we find a strong woman who charts a course and follows it. Her faith guides her and sustains her. Her generous heart gives away the fruit of her labors so that Klager lilacs can be found all over the country.
This isnÃ¢ÂÂt a Ã¢ÂÂread it onceÃ¢ÂÂ kind of a book. KlagerÃ¢ÂÂs faith in action will bring you back again and again. The testimony is quiet and subtle, more Mother Teresa than pulpit-pounding preacher. Ã¢ÂÂWhere Lilacs Still BloomÃ¢ÂÂ is easy to read, but provides much to consider. It offers a quiet respite for the reader, an oasis of peace in an often un-peaceful world.
Check out Ã¢ÂÂWhere Lilacs Still BloomÃ¢ÂÂ by Jane Kirkpatrick. Your heart will be glad you did.
Ã¢ÂÂWhere Lilacs Still BloomÃ¢ÂÂ by Jane Kirkpatrick
Published by Waterbrook Press
Disclosure: This review is based on a review copy provided by the publisher with no constraints placed on its content. All opinions are my own.
March 27, 2013
This is a very inspiring book
Reminds one every life is unique and a seemingly simple life lived well is beautiful and blessed by God.
August 3, 2012
What a beautiful story of sharing beauty!
Ã¢ÂÂBeauty matters... God gave us flowers for a reason. I think so weÃ¢ÂÂd pay attention to the details of creation and remember to trust Him in all things big or little, no matter what the challenge. 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. God offers healing through flowers and brings us closer to Him.Ã¢ÂÂ
Where Lilacs Still Bloom is an historical fiction book based on the life of German immigrant, Hulda Klager. She is a farm wife with only an eighth grade education, but she sees plants, especially flowers, as they could be with Ã¢ÂÂbigger blooms, hardier stalks, richer color, and finer fragrance.Ã¢ÂÂ Her father first sees her passion and encourages her. Ã¢ÂÂDonÃ¢ÂÂt deny the dreams. TheyÃ¢ÂÂre a gift given to make your life full. Accept them. Reach for them. We are not here just to endure hard time until we die. We are here to live, to serve, to trust, and to create out of our longings.Ã¢ÂÂ Hulda tries to balance her love and commitment to her husband and four kids while she quietly strives toward her first goal of a better apple. However she realized that dreams are better when shared and there begins an amazing story of faith and family, losses and restoration... and a lilac with twelve petals.
I really enjoyed this book by Jane Kirkpatrick. She let us know right up front which characters where historical and which where there to let the readers see HuldaÃ¢ÂÂs humble character, her compassion for people, and her pleasure at freely sharing her knowledge and her plants. There was so much in this book - beauty, pain, joy, loss with many lessons or advice tucked in between the stories told...
Life lessons: Ã¢ÂÂGod knew that weÃ¢ÂÂd need beauty and fragrance to help us through the difficult days so He gave us flowers and let us learn on our own how their cycle of living and dying is like a garden rhythm, giving us hope each spring.Ã¢ÂÂ
Marriage advice: Ã¢ÂÂA husband needs his partner to take pleasure in his interests, to know that he provides. Her generosity of spirit adds to his confidence and to her own security.Ã¢ÂÂ
Parenting advice: Kids need to know Ã¢ÂÂthat their parents love each other. The best gift we could ever give them... That and a good time with us all together in one place.Ã¢ÂÂ
Now enjoy an amazing story and be inspired to plant, cultivate, and nurture plants AND people in your life!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Blogging for Books, Waterbrook Multnomah PublisherÃ¢ÂÂs book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
July 22, 2012
Where Kindness and Gentleness Bloom with Love!
Where Lilacs Still Bloom
by Jane Kirkpatrick
German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education Ã¢ÂÂand a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes HuldaÃ¢ÂÂs 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 personÃ¢ÂÂs simple gifts of beauty make a difference?
Based on the life of Hulda Klager, Where Lilacs Still Bloom is a story of triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds and the power of a generous heart.
We just returned from a 2,200 mile road trip that included a visit to Hulda KlagerÃ¢ÂÂs Lilac Gardens! One of the reasonÃ¢ÂÂs I love books by Jane Kirkpatrick is that she writes about real people and real places.
Upon arriving at the Lilac Gardens you are greeted with a beautiful rose garden in front of her home. Jane writes, Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂd planted. I saw progress and even decided to shape a garden plot at the front of the house and make it like a flatiron. That way when IÃ¢ÂÂm working in that plot, IÃ¢ÂÂll imagine IÃ¢ÂÂm really getting my ironing done.Ã¢ÂÂ It is unbelievable but when you look at the rose garden, it does look like a flatiron!
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens "Flatiron rose garden."
As you walk towards the back of the home at Lilac Gardens, Shasta DaisyÃ¢ÂÂs greet you and you are reminded of HuldaÃ¢ÂÂs inspiration behind crossbreeding from Horticulturalist Luther Burbank. Jane writes, Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂd read of his crossbreeding a Chrysanthemum leucanthemum that grows wild in the West with Bellis perennis, a small English daisy with larger flowers and shorter stems.Ã¢ÂÂ
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, "Shasta Daisy"
Touring Lilac Gardens makes Jane KirkpatrickÃ¢ÂÂs book come alive! Although you must remember that it is Historical Christian Fiction, JaneÃ¢ÂÂs writing and characters are so real that it is hard to remember some of the writing is fiction!
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, "Home and Garden Paths"
I highly recommend the book, Ã¢ÂÂWhere Lilacs Still BloomÃ¢ÂÂ by Jane Kirkpatrick! You will not be disappointed!
To visit Jane KirkpatrickÃ¢ÂÂs website, click the link!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Press in exchange for my honest review.
God Bless Your Day Today!
July 13, 2012