This book scans the life of Hulda Klager, a true story written in fictional form. Hulda's travels had taken her from Germany as a young girl to Woodland Washington. In the quest and dedication of hybridizing the perfect apple from which to make pies, her expertise grew and expanded to other areas, bulbs and then to lilacs. Her gardens, her vast knowledge of plant life, and the way she looked at each plant as individuals being capable of the giving of its beauty, quickly became a trait sought after by her admirers. Hulda did not miss an opportunity to unselfishly give of herself and the abundance of plants she was blessed with. Her husband Frank, always the encourager to Hulda's passion, saw the fragrant beauty in her creations.
Lilacs, being my favorite flowering shrub, and as a Master Gardener, I was captivated and priviledged to be a part of Hulda's journey that came to life through the eyes of a most gifted storyteller. I love reading about a simpler time and about how things that we now enjoy have originated. Once I started this book I became involved in her work and those around her that I didnt want to leave the story until I had completed it. Hearbreak, devotion, success and generousity is woven successfully throughout. The book will satisfy the gardener and historian in us all and everyone can take a part of her lifework with them! I was inspired as a gardener as well as in my faith. I was entertained and would recommend this book to others. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.