The Faith of a Gardener

Where Lilacs Still Bloom, the latest novel from Jane Kirkpatrick, is the story of Hulda Klager.  From an early age, Hulda had an interest in growing plants and improving them to create new hybrids.  Her father encouraged her to work in his apple orchard, and later her husband encouraged her by allowing her time and money to work on flowers.  Hulda started with daffodils and then moved to tulips before finding her passion in hybridizing lilacs, starting with a hybrid between local lilacs and French imports.  As Hulda copes with tragedies in her life, her garden is her one constant, reminding her of God’s grace and glory.

Hulda Klager was a real woman who lived from 1863-1960, and whose gardens in Woodland, Washington are on the US National Register of Historic Places.  Kirkpatrick was able to glean information from Klager’s granddaughter-in-law to flesh out the story and bring the history of one of the earliest female botanists to life.

I found the story got off to a slow start, perhaps because there were so many characters to introduce to the reader.  This is not my favorite Kirkpatrick work; I prefer both A Flickering Light and Barcelona Calling.  Nevertheless, the book improved as I read further on and came to a satisfying ending, along with providing more information on Hulda’s gardens at the end of the book.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Blogging for Books program for this review.


About Lilibet King

I'm a mid-level manager for a national company, one that doesn't permit me to mention its name in a blog - I'm not that high up in the company. I'm an introvert who has trouble finding material on leadership for those who are introverted and/or shy, so I'm writing my own based on almost 20 years experience in management and supervision.
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One Response to The Faith of a Gardener

  1. janekirkpatrick says:

    Thanks for taking the time to read this book. I’m pleased you’ve enjoyed others of mine and that you kept with it to a satisfying end of this title too. Beginnings are the hardest work for a writer and you remind me again how important it is to engage readers quickly as some might not be a faithful and patient as you were to keep reading! Thanks!

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