Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly

Title: Lilac Girls
Author: Martha Hall Kelly
Published: 2017 (first published 2016)
Pages: 502
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Edition: Paperback
Source Fraser Valley Regional Library

Description: 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.
 (via Goodreads)

Thoughts:  I was on Litsy when I saw Mrs. Kelly's most recent book being promoted by somebody a few months ago and when I look up information about that book, I saw that there was an earlier book.  Knowing that there was an earlier book, I requested this particular book.  I wasn't really sure about what the book was about when I picked it up, but once I started reading it, I was informed as to what the book was about.  I looked at the pages at the end to get an idea as to what it was about, but I was still fairly clueless as to what it was about.  But as I got into the book, I got quickly absorbed into the novel and also what had happened to these young women at Ravensbruck.  The first time I actually had heard of Ravensbruck was when I read The Nightingale, but I may have heard about the concentration camp earlier.

I really liked how the author used the three different perspectives, two of which were actual people and one of which was a fictional person based on an actual person.  I don't know how accurate the book is, but judging from the limited research that I did do while I was reading the book, it seems as though it is fairly accurate.

Bottom line: It was a really excellent book and I am most definitely going to be reading the next book that this author has written, Lost Roses.  Don't let the title deceive you and don't go down the "rabbit hole".  Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5


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