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Friday Flashback-Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick

Where Lilacs Still Bloom, by Jane Kirkpatrick, is a wonderful book of fiction based on the life of Hulda Klager.

Hulda was born in 1863 and came to America with her family when she was two.  With only an eighth grade education she was able to turn her love of hybridizing and lilacs into a rich legacy by creating over 250 new varieties of lilacs.

Her father encouraged her in her experiments and cautioned her that not everyone would think what she did was a respectable or moral thing.  Indeed Hulda, herself, sometimes felt guilt that was induced by others, at what some perceived as tampering with nature.

In her 96 years of living, Hulda faced many, many heartaches and losses and even overcame a bout of major depression to triumph over most of the hardships.

Jane Kirkpatrick does a masterful job of integrating composite characters with real people allowing the reader to get to know Hulda, her family, and her hybridizing experiments even better.

The book is very inspirational and exciting. During the course of reading, I found that Hulda’s gardens have been restored and are still available for viewing.  I’ve decided, because of my love for lilacs, that I want to visit her gardens sometime soon.

This book was provided for me by Waterbrook Multnomah. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

(Revision from original published on 5-10-2012)

1896 Walk Across America

The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick is an historical novel based on very limited information available on Helga and Clara Estby’s walk across America but more particularly about Clara and her years of estrangement from her family.

In 1896, a time in America when women were still considered to be little more than possessions and not allowed a voice or the vote, Helga Estby in effect forced her daughter Clara, age 19, to go on a cross-country walk. Neither Clara nor Helga’s husband wanted the walk to happen and as a direct result of the walk there followed a 20 year estrangement from Clara and her family.

The walk was to occur over a period of seven months time, during which time they were to wear a new reform dress. Sponsored by the makers of the dress they hoped to prove women had stamina and the dress allowed them freedom for their busy lives. In return, Helga would receive $10,000 from the sponsors, money desperately needed to save the Estby’s home.

Jane Kirkpatrick has done a wonderful job of piecing together a story from little to work with. Her portrayal of the  two women’s walk, from Spokane, Washington to New York City, (a span of 3500 miles) and then their return home, is written in such a way that you feel you are there with them.

Her conjecture on Clara’s life is a delightfully written intertwined story based on her research and impressive imagination.

The ending left a little to be desired but I credit that to lack of information and not the author’s talent.

The Daughter’s Walk is in one of my favorite genres; historical fiction. I especially like when there is Biblical application included. That being said; I was disappointed there wasn’t more Biblical relevance introduced in the book.

I was provided this book  by WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review.
(Revision from 8/22/2011)

A Delightful Book!

Where Lilacs Still Bloom, by Jane Kirkpatrick, is a wonderful book of fiction based on the life of Hulda Klager.
Hulda was born in 1863 and came to America with her family when she was two.  With only an eighth grade education she was able to turn her love of hybridizing and lilacs into a rich legacy by creating over 250 new varieties of lilacs.
Her father encouraged her in her experiments and cautioned her that not everyone would think what she did was a respectable or moral thing.  Indeed Hulda, herself, sometimes felt guilt that was induced by others, at what some perceived as tampering with nature.
In her 96 years of living, Hulda faced many, many heartaches and losses and even overcame a bout of major depression to triumph over most of the hardships.
Jane Kirkpatrick does a masterful job of integrating composite characters with real people allowing the reader to get to know Hulda, her family, and her hybridizing experiments even better.
The book is very inspirational and exciting. During the course of reading, I found that Hulda’s gardens have been restored and are still available for viewing.  I’ve decided, because of my love for lilacs, that I want to visit her gardens sometime soon.
This book was provided for me by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an unbiased review.

Interesting and enlightening book

The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick is an historical novel based on very limited information available on Helga and Clara Estby’s walk across America but more particularly about Clara and her years of estrangement from her family.
In 1896, a time in America when women were still considered to be little more than possessions and not allowed a voice or the vote, Helga Estby in effect forced her daughter Clara, age 19, to go on a cross-country walk. Neither Clara nor Helga’s husband wanted the walk to happen and as a direct result of the walk there followed a 20-year estrangement from Clara and her family.
The walk was to occur over a period of seven months time, during which time they were to wear a new reform dress. Their walk was sponsored by makers of the dress in the hopes of proving women had stamina and how the dress allowed them freedom in their busy lives. In return, Helga would receive $10,000 from the sponsors, money desperately needed to save the Estby’s home.
Jane Kirkpatrick has done a wonderful job of piecing together a story from little to work with. Her portrayal of the two women’s walk, from Spokane, Washington to New York City, (a span of 3500 miles) and then their return home, is written in such a way that you feel you are there with them.
Her conjecture on Clara’s life is a delightfully written intertwined story based on her research and impressive imagination.
The ending left a little to be desired, but I credit that to the lack of information and not the author’s talent.
The Daughter’s Walk is in one of my favorite genres; historical fiction. I especially like when there is Biblical application included. That being said; I was disappointed there wasn’t more Biblical relevance introduced in the book.
I was provided this book  by WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review