Sunday, August 27, 2017

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls
Martha Hall Kelly
Published April 5th 2016 by Ballantine Books
Genres:  Adult, Historical Fiction, World War II


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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My Thoughts

The book follows three woman, Caroline, Kasia and Herta.  Caroline is a New York socialite, Kasia is a Polish teenage and Herta is a German doctor.  The book is taken place from the beginning of World War II until well after WWII.  The three woman start off living very different lives and as the book progresses the book brings their lives together in very different ways.  Kasia ends up in a Nazi concentration camp only for women and Herta ends up working their as a doctor.  

WOW WOW WOW, what a remarkable story, I absolutely loved it!! Although there are some parts of the book, that are difficult to read, but they must be told so we know what went on and happened in the concentration camps. I learned more about what happened in concentration camps, through this book. I really enjoyed reading about three separate women and what they went through before, during and after WWII.

My favorite story was from Kasia, she is a unbelievably strong women, and you definitely have to be when you go through hell for many years. Caroline's story was very touching and she is a caring a loving women. She's definitely a person that gives and gives and gives and what she did for Kasia and the end of the book, literally brought tears to my eyes. And for Herta, she deserves everything she gets for what she did to those innocent people. 

I highly recommend picking this book up, a very touching and moving story!! 


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