Hulda Klager is a good wife and mother. In her time, about 1901, though women are not thought highly of that do much more than be a wife and mother. She strives for just a bit more though; she wants to create the perfect cream, 12-petal lilac. Is that too much for a wife and mother in the early 20th century to strive for? At some points in this book, you would be correct to think that those around her think so!
Fortunately for Hulda, she has a great husband who supports her, often quietly and in the background, but even more, she has great faith. There are times throughout the book and the years that she does question God and her desires- is she doing wrong by changing a flower? At least one individual tries to tell her that she is going against God.
This book is slow and gentle in its style and for me it took a bit to get into it. But I am very glad I took the time to finish it. I think this book is very good and well done. By the end I felt close to this character and would have loved to meet her. I would love to visit her lilac gardens that are still in place today, in Woodland, Washington.
I received this book free from Waterbrook through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.