Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Jane Kirkpatrick for an author reading at 7:00pm on Tuesday, April 17th at the Hood River Hotel (102 Oak St., Hood River, OR). This is the release date of Jane’s latest novel Where Lilacs Still Bloom, which is based on the life of Hulda Klager a German immigrant and farm wife from Woodland, Washington. Hulda Kulager only had a eight-grade education but had a a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization. Kulager taught herself horticulture and it put her at odds with family and community, as she challenged the early twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife.
About This Book
One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through.
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.
Click here to read the first chapter of Where Lilacs Still Bloom
About the Author
Jane Kirkpatrick is a best-selling, award-winning author whose previous historical novels include All Together in One Place and Christy Award finalist A Tendering in the Storm. An international keynote speaker, she has earned regional and national recognition for her stories based on the lives of actual people, including the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Hall of Fame. Jane is a Wisconsin native who since 1974 has lived in Eastern Oregon, where she and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 rugged acres.