Lilac Girls
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Lilac Girls

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Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
 
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.

Title:Lilac Girls
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1101883073
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:487 pages

    Lilac Girls Reviews

  • Angela M
    Mar 30, 2016

    No matter how many books I read about the atrocities of the holocaust, the death camps , the concentration camps, I always feel that each of the stories must be told so it is not forgotten and no matt...

  • Elyse
    Feb 25, 2016

    Ravensbruck was Hitler's only major concentration camp exclusively for women. The story is centered around three women....each from 3 different countries: Poland, Germany, and, America. ---( before- d...

  • Jen
    May 04, 2016

    No matter how many holocaust stories I read, I still find them disturbing, shocking and heart wrenching. Surviving such a devastating experience brings with it a lifetime of horrors. For no one truly ...

  • Stephanie
    May 23, 2016

    5+ stars. Amazing story of strength and courage! Horrific and haunting read of the atrocities humans can commit. Lilac Girls is one of my top reads ever! It is beautifully written, terribly sad, and ...

  • Lori
    Apr 12, 2016

    After all the books I've read about the horrors surronding WWII it still amazes me how awful humans can be to each other. Lilac Girls is one of those novels that brings to light a little known atrocit...

  • Misfit
    Feb 07, 2016

    This story is about three different women, two of whom were real-life characters according to the author's notes, the third (a prisoner at the all female prison camp Ravensbrück). Caroline Ferriday i...

  • Jonetta
    Oct 06, 2016

    This is a fictional story of the real-life women who were subjected to medical experiments at Hitler's Ravensbrüch concentration camp, the only one exclusively for women. The story is told from three...

  • Dorie
    Jan 16, 2016

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was a difficult book to read and review. At one point early on in this novel I almost put it aside. The atrocities t...

  • Phrynne
    Oct 16, 2016

    This was a fascinating read, not quite perfect,so four rather than five stars, but still a book I would recommend everyone to read.I found out so much more than I already knew about World War 11, part...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 11, 2016

    When done well, historical fiction novels can deeply connect readers to our shared human history and "teach" even better than many non-fiction texts. Lilac Girls is simultaneously heart breaking and h...

About Martha Hall Kelly

Martha Hall Kelly

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