Where Lilacs Still Bloom–A Book Review

Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick tells the story of Hulda Klager, a German immigrant living in Washington State with her husband and four children.  She has a love for lilacs and discovers a passion for hybridization.  What began as a little hobby ends up becoming one of her greatest passions, next to her family.  The story is based on her life and work, but also tells the story of four other women who are touched by her life and work.

The story of Hulda Klager is very interesting, but the book itself sometimes took strange detours.  The parts about Hulda are written in the first person, which is nice, but then I also felt as though some “life lessons” were forced in as though they were Hulda’s own thoughts or comments, but without being organically placed.  The stories that are interwoven are written in third person, which isn’t bad, it’s just different from the rest of the book, and it takes a while to realize why some of these stories are included in this book about Hulda.

I won’t give rave reviews to this book, but as someone who loves the Pacific Northwest, I was interested to read about this amazing and hardworking woman, and would now like to plan a visit to her garden the next time I am in the Portland area.

If you’d like more information on Where Lilacs Still Bloom, check this out to read the first chapter.

This book was given to me for free by the publisher in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.  Don’t forget to rank my review on the Blogging for Books website!


5 thoughts on “Where Lilacs Still Bloom–A Book Review

  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing the book, Erin. The format of a first person and some third persons characters was new for me and I appreciate your reading to the end despite the discomfort. Most of all, since you live in the Northwest, I’m so pleased to know you’re planning to visit the garden! If fiction is anything, it is meant to move people and you might be moved to take a trip to Hulda’s garden and that’s as good as many stars in a review for me! Thanks.

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