Lilac Girls – by Martha Hall Kelly


Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Paperback: 512 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 28 2017)

ISBN-13: 978-1101883082

Synopsis: 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.

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This is one of those books that has been sitting on my “to-read” list for a couple years now but I just kept deferring reading it… WHY DO I DO THIS?!

This book left me speechless – completely and utterly speechless. There were no words for what I felt both while I was reading and when I finished reading. I am struggling to write this review because I am still speechless, even though I finished the book over a week ago!

There is something about the Lilac Girls that just feels so real when you read it – it was like I was there. Martha Hall Kelly didn’t attempt to dramatize the story or add extra elements to the plot… this is what I think created a very real reading experience. We didn’t spend time building characters or building a romance; Kelly just tells the facts and in doing so gives the reader very different views of what was going on at Ravensbrück. It read very much like a work of non-fiction, instead of fiction inspired by true events and people.

I feel like this review is all over the place – but it shows just how powerful this book is. All I can say: read it! A MUST READ!

Rating: 10/10

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