WHERE LILACS STILL BLOOM
A new historical novel by an amazing author, Where Lilacs Bloom is packed full of romance, drama, family hardships and determination. The main character spends her life trying to create a new form of lilac. There are successes and failures, as she battles floods, family tragedy and naysayers, but she perseveres.
Hilda Klager’s botanical experiments start when she wants bigger and better-tasting apples. Then she thinks that if she can create a new type of apple, there has to be a way to create a color of lilacs no one has seen before. She starts by reading everything she can find on the subject and grows experimental plants in her garden, much to the dismay of her family and friends. She knows people talk about her and wonder why a woman with just an eighth-grade education would attempt an impossible task, but she doesn’t care. But when tragedy strikes, she starts to question if all the work, worry and whispers are worth losing her family. (WATERBROOK, Apr., 368 pp., $14.99)