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Review of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

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About Lilac Girls

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

My Review

LOVED this book! Extremely well researched and the writing is outstanding. Three women’s lives amazingly intersect and are impacted by WWII starting in 1939. The three perspectives made this a consuming and gripping read. I enjoyed all three protagonists, the build up to their crossings peak serving as centerpiece.

Fabulous story with loads to discuss, highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading more from Kelly, she has left an impression with her mastery of words, characters and narrative. One of the best books I have read this year.

About Martha Hall Kelly14160478

Martha is a native New Englander but has become nomadic, splitting her time between New York City, Martha’s Vineyard and Atlanta, Georgia. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three splendid children, while researching Lilac Girls, her first novel. When Martha is not chasing after her new puppy she is hard at work on her next book. You’ll find more info about the true story behind Lilac Girls at her website and lots of visual inspiration for the book on the Pinterest account she is madly in love with.

Published April 5th 2016 by Ballantine Books