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Where Lilacs Still Bloom

A Novel

Jane Kirkpatrick

Category: Fiction

About Where Lilacs Still Bloom

One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through, inspired by the life of Hulda Klager
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.”


Praise for Where Lilacs Still Bloom

“When reading any of Ms. Kirkpatrick’s books, I become engaged, almost instantly, on many levels at once. Where
Lilacs Still Bloom
is simultaneously a strong and gentle read of beautiful, spare language. It wooed and won me to Hulda’s story even as it coaxed me to look at my own life as well. Who am I staking up? Do I tend to my husband and my children as well as to my calling? The sweet message that lingers long after the book is closed is the promised truth of sowing and reaping, in gardens, and in life.”
      — Sandra Byrd, author of To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn

“Jane Kirkpatrick reimagines the true story of a nature-loving wife and mother who studied Luther Burbank and devoted herself to breeding new and improved varieties of lilacs. Families suffer, thrive, and evolve as new flowers emerge in a gentle tale as sweet as its fragrant garden.”
      — Jane S. Smith, author of In Praise of Chickens and The Garden of Invention

Where Lilacs Still Bloom is a charming, delightful story of Hulda Klager’s courage and perseverance on many levels, her gentle defiance of convention, her triumph over natural and personal disasters, and her desire to be sure her work is truly God’s will. Neither the author’s nor Hulda’s use of botanical research ever overpowers Hulda’s story but makes plain for readers her patience and ruthless care in her quest for the blooms she envisions.”
      — Carol Buchanan, author of Wordsworth’s Gardens and winner of the 2009 Spur for God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana

“Having worked with the history of the Thiel and Klager families for over six years now as a board member, I was excited to read how Jane gave the family members such character. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Hulda and Frank and the way Jane portrayed the youngest daughter, Martha. I loved reading Where Lilacs Still Bloom and visualizing what it must have been like to live in that old house when Hulda and her family lived and gathered there.” 
     — Judy Card, genealogist and Woodland, Washington, historian

“Extraordinary book. Jane skillfully drops the reader into Hulda Klager’s loving, hardworking pioneer life. She chronicles
Hulda’s family and botanical triumphs and struggles. Thank you for this magical story.”
     — Rebecca W. Roberts, secretary of Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

About Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick is a bestselling, award-winning author whose previous historical novels include All Together in One Place and Christy Award finalist A Tendering in the Storm. An international keynote speaker, she has earned regional and national recognition for her stories based on the lives of actual people, including the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Hall of Fame. Jane is a Wisconsin native who since 1974 has lived in Eastern Oregon, where she and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 rugged acres.

Product Details

384 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Apr 17, 2012

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through. 

Click here to download the first chapter of Where Lilacs Still Bloom now.

Hulga Klager’s life-long passion for beauty and knowledge becomes the story of how the generosity of sharing one’s gifts transforms the lives of family, a community, and far beyond.

Click here to download the first chapter of Where Lilacs Still Bloom now.

By Sarah Shy

If you enjoy flowers and gardening you will love this book. The first chapter starts off with the protagonist telling us about her life at current and of course, flowers. As you glide through the pages you will watch her love of lilacs bloom and develop and the struggles she faces in her life both with her plants and family. It is easy to get emotionally attached to Hulda and the characters and leave you satisfied by the end of the novel.This...

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By crystal conner

"Where Lilacs Still Bloom" by Jane Kirkpatrick was not an easy book for me to get into. I like for a book to grab me from the beginning. This one took a while to peek my interest and hold my attention. That disappointed me since I love to read things written by Jane Kirkpatrick. Once the story began to move, I began to learn so much. It was a lovely story Hulda Klager who was German immigrant and farm wife who only had an 8th grade education....

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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 â??"missionâ? was...

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By Mary Beth Magee

Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick takes readers for the journey of a lifetime â?" the lifetime of Hulda Klager, wife, mother, gardener and amateur botanist â?" in her fictionalized biography â??"Where Lilacs Still Bloom.â? 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...

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By Caryn Roberts

I have the most beautiful book gathering dust on my shelf waiting for me to FINALLY write the review so as to properly shelve it. It has been there for longer than my youngest has been alive. Six or seven months of dust certainly adds up fast. The book is Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick. Starting with the shallow, I adore the cover. Moving deeper, despite the 6 months that have passed since actually reading it, I can still...

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