Sunday, May 20, 2012

Where Lilacs Still Bloom

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  I do not say this lightly as I read and enjoy many books.  However, this book was quite enjoyable to read.  It is one of those books begs you to find a nice comfy place to sit and read for hours on end.

The book is based on the life of Hulda Klager, a German immigrant and farm wife who does not let the lack of formal education prevent her from advancing modern science.  She loves to garden.  She is passionate about creating new breeds of plants and attempting the impossible.  With just an 8th grade education, she delves into the world of biology and becomes a humble expert in breeding and cross-breeding lilacs.

As passionate as she is about her plants, she is passionate about her family.  The story spans half a century and than many life changes Hulda and her family experiences.  The book could have been a 3 part series. Instead, the author gives us one delightful book that reminds us to stop and smell the roses, or lilacs when in season.

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

If you want to read the first chapter of this book here.

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