Sunday, March 4, 2012

Historical/Christian novel giveaway: 'Where Lilacs Still Bloom'

In honor of it being Sunday, the day of worship for some, I'd like to give away some Christian/historical fiction.
"Where Lilacs Still Bloom," by Jane Kirkpatrick (WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc., $14.99, April 2012, 368 pp.) is based on the life of Hulda Klager, a German-born woman known for her hybridization of lilacs.

Click here to read the first chapter of the book.

About the book (from the publisher):
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?

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." Where Lilacs Still Bloom is Jane's 22nd book, her 19th novel. 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. She has two lilacs from Hulda Klager’s garden.

Learn more about Kirkpatrick and her books on her website.

Win the book:

Would you like to win this book? Comment on this blog and be sure to include your email address. I will contact the winner, who will be selected at random, via email.   
(Please note: It's an advance reading copy I have to give away, which means it's an uncorrected proof and may contain errors or slight differences from the finished book. But it looks just like a saleable paperback.)

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