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Where Lilacs Still Bloom

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  698 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by WaterBrook
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Georgia Herod
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Kirkpatrick fan. Her historical research is meticulous, her characters dynamic, her prose is beautifully written. I never want to stop reading and I never want her books to end!

Based on the life of Hulda Klager, a woman who loves her gardens, a gardener who is challenged by possibilities through hybridization of lilacs and other plants, Where Lilacs Still Bloom is a "story of triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds and the power of a generous heart."

Hulda faces the physical and e
Arletta Dawdy
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story of how Jane Kirkpatrick came to write of where lilacs bloom is as delightful as her depiction of a life well and beautifully lived. She knew of Hulda Klager but a passionate devotee gradually tweaked Kirkpatrick’s interest until her great research skills and imagination were fully engaged. The result is a charming and insightful characterization of a woman obsessed with ideas of hybridization.
The story develops from Hulda’s success i
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathryn by: Author coming to the library June 1 2012
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Jane Kirkpatrick has such a gift of writing a story and making me want to meet and have tea with each and every character. This is a true story which definitely adds to the charm as well as the fact it takes place in the state where I live. I have always enjoyed gardening and love my lilacs and now I cherish them even more.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
This book made me want to go on a field trip to Woodland, Wa. Hulda was an inspiring, real-life woman who faced many trials and often wondered if what she was doing in her garden was detracting from her important work as a wife and mother. Although a fictionalized account (only Hulda could have revealed her real feelings) this novel seemed well-researched and was very believable.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Just another great read from Kirkpatrick about Hulda and her life in her garden and the many lives she touched. Very interesting and a wonderful look at family and friends. Lifespan books can be a little sad and this one was no different. I would recommend if you read this book to skip reading the prologue; it was actually a little bit of a spoiler. Wonderful!!
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book based on the life of Hulda Klager who was a German immigrant and farm wife who lived between 1864 and 1960. She had only an eighth grade education, but became a pioneer in cross-breeding and hybridization. With the encouragement of her father, she began by creating a crisp, easy peeling apple to make better pies. But her passion was lilacs. By the time she died at the age of 97, she had developed over 250 varieties of lilacs from cross-breeding three surviving Lemo ...more
Kathleen E.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick, c2012

Lilac Days
April 21 - May 13, 2012;
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, WA 98674

Lilac Photo from Jane Kirkpatrick's Story Sparks, March, 2012

First, before I begin my review, you absolutely must go to Jane Kirkpatrick's Story Sparks, March, 2012, issue and read "Lilac Love" for yourself! Here is a hint of content, for you won't want to miss this event if you are in the area
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Kirkpatrick is one of my favorite historical fiction authors! I love the way she takes true stories and solid historical facts then seamlessly weaves in fictional details. This is based on the true story of Hulda Klager a German immigrant with only an 8th grade education. What she lacked in years of schooling she made up for in her God given genius in horticulture.
Her love of plants came from her father. Her first “mission” was to develop a larger apple that tasted great and peeled with ease
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Based on the life of a German immigrant, Hulda Klager, the message of this book is such an important one, and the author evoked emotion in me as I was holding back tears several times in the book. (I would have liked a little more character development in some of the side characters.) I liked that the author tried to show how Hulda influenced people's lives all over, and that it came back to her. I like reading stories about unexpected friendships making profound differences in people's lives.

Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Where Lilacs Still Bloom review:

3 stars. Cover: 4 stars.
Review: "Where Lilacs Still Bloom" is better than most books I have read from Jane Kirkpatrick. I could actually finish this book. But I just didn't "like-like" it. I've never liked fictionalized non-fiction, and most of the characters were boring. And I did not see the point of adding fake people to the story, when most of them had no impact to the outcome of the story. The best thing about this book was the cover. There were a few scenes
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