Lilac Girls By Martha Hall Kelly

Please join us in reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly for our monthly suggested read.

We will be reviewing Lilac Girls along with our monthly book club discussions questions for May 31st, 2017.

Summary of Lilac Girls

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate but on the eve of a fateful war, her 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.


Here’s what reviewers are saying about Martha Hall Kelly’s debut novel:

“Kelly vividly re-creates the world of Ravensbrück.”Kirkus Reviews

“Inspired by actual events and real people, Martha Hall Kelly has woven together the stories of three women during World War II that reveal the bravery, cowardice, and cruelty of those days. This is a part of history—women’s history—that should never be forgotten.”—Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of China Dolls

“Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.”Library Journal (starred review)

I am looking forward to reading this historical fiction!

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4 thoughts on “Lilac Girls By Martha Hall Kelly

  1. WW2 is a time when a lot was happening, and it touched so many lives… it’s important to never forget. I hope this novel portrays the time realistically and you can gain something from reading it. ^^

    1. Hi Olivia!
      I do love historical fiction that are based on major events and have a significant impact on history. This novel is going great so far.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. OMG! I am so happy to see you use something from FLYTIP. *heart eyes*

    I saw this book in Costco Connection. They are giving away 50 books! I entered. I like how this story is inspired by true events and that I can learn a bit of history and be entertained, too. Great selection!

    1. Hello Lonna!
      I appreciate your generosity for sharing your design skills! Glad it surprised you 🙂

      I do enjoy historical fiction that have are inspired by real events- it’s the best of both worlds.

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