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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Kirkpatrick Narrator: Kimberly Farr, Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9780449008898
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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.” Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 1/25/2014

    " A refreshing, endearing and truly enjoyable story. We live through the triumphs and tragedies of Hulda Klager's garden and family. Hulda's wisdom and determination are inspirational. I will seek out a cultivator from one of her original lilacs. Hulda taught me that the light of day is for work, while ideas often bloom in the dead of night. The most romantic lines of the book took my breath away. Hulda and husband, Frank, are sitting on the porch looking out over their home gardens where the fammily has gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July. "Is there any place as lovely as a garden?" Hulda asked. Franks responds, "So long as it's one of yours and you're in it, I think not." I just may read this one again..................... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/22/2014

    " Jane Kirkpatrick has such a gift of writing a story and making me want to meet and have tea with each and every character. This is a true story which definitely adds to the charm as well as the fact it takes place in the state where I live. I have always enjoyed gardening and love my lilacs and now I cherish them even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Smatzny | 11/15/2013

    " Amazing story of Hulda Klager who wanted only to grow flowers especially lilacs that were special. It is a novel but very much fact based. Shows what true determination can achieve. Was especially heart felt for me as I love lilacs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary G | 10/3/2013

    " I enjoyed every bit of this story of Hulda Klager. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Bergman | 9/3/2013

    " What a wonderful book about a unique woman. Anyone who gardens would love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Hontz | 7/9/2013

    " great historical fiction - the main character has such heart and perseverance - good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/8/2013

    " What a great book. The story of Hulda Kluger and her lilacs. I cannot wait to visit where she cultivated her lilacs and lived her life in Woodland, WA next year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 1/2/2013

    " This wasn't as compelling as others Kirkpatrick has written, but I still liked it. She always writes about a real person, so I feel like I'm learning something about the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 7/26/2012

    " This book did not hold my attention and dragged on. Not enough details. Some chapters covered many years "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uschi | 3/21/2012

    " I love the way this book made me feel. Of course it also made me miss the lilacs of my childhood. I would describe it as border-line sappy, if it weren't a researched and true story. I enjoyed the warmth that comes across from Jane Kirkpatrick's writing. "

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About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the acclaimed author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning A Sweetness to the Soul and the first two books in the Kinship and Courage series: All Together in One Place and No Eye Can See. She and her husband Jerry live and work on a 160-acre ranch in Eastern Oregon.

About the Narrators

Kimberly Farr is an actress and winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.