Book Review: Where Lilacs Still Bloom

Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick is a historical novel set in the late 1800's and early 1900's. It is based on the life of Hulda Klager, a farm wife who had a love of plants which turned into a passion for plant hybridization. Driven by her dream to create colors and types of plants that had never been seen before, Hulda embarks on a life dedicated to this dream. Throughout this process, she struggles to maintain a balance in how she cares for her family and her home. She challenges many expectations of a 20th century housewife even though she is consistently faced with tragedies and challenges.

I loved this book! After reading it, I want to have some of Hulda's lilacs in my own garden and I would love to visit her gardens someday in Washington State. I found Hulda's drive and determination in the face of adversity inspiring. She found something that God had given her a passion for and dedicated her life to it. The support of her family was amazing as well. I felt her struggle to balance her home life and outside interests - it resonated with me as a common struggle for modern mothers as well. I would highly recommend this book.

To read chapter 1, visit this link for a pdf version.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are my own.