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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah's Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible 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. In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages. USA Today "New and Noteworthy" Book * LibraryReads Top Ten Pick "Harrowing . . . Lilac illuminates."--People "A compelling, page-turning narrative . . . Lilac Girls falls squarely into the groundbreaking category of fiction that re-examines history from a fresh, female point of view. It's smart, thoughtful and also just an old-fashioned good read."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram "A powerful story for readers everywhere . . . Martha Hall Kelly has brought readers a firsthand glimpse into one of history's most frightening memories. A novel that brings to life what these women and many others suffered. . . . I was moved to tears."--San Francisco Book Review "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) "[A] compelling first novel . . . This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly's vivid depiction of history and excellent characters."--Publishers Weekly "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 "Profound, unsettling, and thoroughly . . . the best book I've read all year."--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:JReynolds1959
Teoksen nimi:Lilac Girls: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Martha Hall Kelly (Tekijä)
Info:Ballantine Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 512 pages
Kokoelmat:2018 books read
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Every once in awhile a book comes along touches the emotions of the reader and Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly proved to be one of those for me. This is a quiet yet powerful story that follows three women through the years of World War II and beyond. Socialite Caroline Ferraday spends the war in New York City mostly attending charity lunches and putting together care packages for French orphans. Under her sophisticated surface however, she lives in fear for the love of her life, Paul, a Frenchman who returned to France to try and get his Jewish wife out. She has learned that both have been sent to concentration camps. Kasia Kuzmerick is a young Polish woman who joins an underground youth group when Hitler invades but is arrested, along with her mother and sister, as a political prisoner and sent to Hitler’s concentration camp for women, Ravensbruck. Finally there is Herta Oberheuser, a young German doctor who is a loyal Nazi, she accepts a post to Ravensbruck and at first is appalled at what she is expected to do, but as the book advances, we find Herta participating in death by injection and the horrendous experimental surgeries. Herta excuses herself these atrocities by explaining that these prisoners were going to be killed anyway.

Apparently this novel is a mash-up of two books the author was working on and although I found Caroline’s story the least interesting, it was a needed break from the horror and darkness of the other two stories. I also read that these characters were based on actual women whose lives did converge on Ravensbruck and the experimental operations that were conducted.

I listened to an audio version of the book which was well done with each of the women having a distinct voice. It is never easy to read about the atrocities that were committed or about the death camps but Lilac Girls was a gripping story that was both informative and emotional. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 9, 2021 |
Since I've read so many books taking place during WWII, it's nice when I can read about something I didn't know about before. Although I have already read "Lost Roses," I forgot these books are based on real people. I had a hard time reading Herta's story, but perhaps that was the point. I liked reading the author's notes about how she did her research. ( )
  eliorajoy | Jun 9, 2021 |
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  chapterthree | Jun 2, 2021 |
I had high hopes for this book but was very disappointed in the execution. It's told from the points of view of three women experiencing WWII from very different stations. Two of the women were dealing with the rise of Nazism and concentration camps in Eastern Europe while the other was a spoiled socialite primarily concerned with how she's treated by her peers, her married, would-be boyfriend, and the situation in France. It isn't until the second half of the book that these two things finally begin to come together which left me feeling frustrated and disliking the American woman quite a lot.

Overall, I thought that the book tried to be too many things. The author seems to have wanted to write a biography of Caroline Ferriday and a fictional account of what it was like to be a political prisoner in a concentration camp and give insight into how a doctor could do the things that were done to the Ravensbruck Rabbits. The result, for me, was that none of those things were done well enough to make it an enjoyable read.

Anyone interested in reading a book featuring engaging characters in Ravensbruck should check out Elizabeth Wein's [b:Rose Under Fire|17262236|Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)|Elizabeth Wein|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1368219053s/17262236.jpg|23859036] instead.

I was provided with an ebook ARC from the publisher through NetGalley but bought the audiobook and listened to that instead. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
I enjoyed this one so much for the interwoven storylines between Herta, Caroline, and Kasia. It was seamless and flawless in incorporating all three of them into one book.

Of all the characters, I enjoyed reading about Caroline the most. She had such a kind heart and thought of others before her own needs. Yet she's such a strong person and it's admirable what she does throughout the novel. It makes her seem unstoppable when she commits to a cause.

Kasia is the most frustrating. Given of course, she went through a horrible time and needs help to cope with it, it was just awful to see her bring everybody down with her. She was just unnecessairly mean and nasty for all the wrong reasons. I'm actually happy Zusanna got out of her situation and away from Kasia, she just seems so toxic and refuses to get help or even try to get out of her situation. I'm glad for her ending though, perhaps that was what she needed all along.

I learned quite a bit about the "Rabbits" of Ravensbruck. I have not heard of them until I came across this book and will definitely follow up and read more about them. It's a sad awful moment in history that needs to be remembered about.

I recommend this one. World War II historical fiction lovers will enjoy this. Looking foward to reading Lost Roses! ( )
  sensitivemuse | May 6, 2021 |
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah's Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible 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. In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages. USA Today "New and Noteworthy" Book * LibraryReads Top Ten Pick "Harrowing . . . Lilac illuminates."--People "A compelling, page-turning narrative . . . Lilac Girls falls squarely into the groundbreaking category of fiction that re-examines history from a fresh, female point of view. It's smart, thoughtful and also just an old-fashioned good read."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram "A powerful story for readers everywhere . . . Martha Hall Kelly has brought readers a firsthand glimpse into one of history's most frightening memories. A novel that brings to life what these women and many others suffered. . . . I was moved to tears."--San Francisco Book Review "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) "[A] compelling first novel . . . This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly's vivid depiction of history and excellent characters."--Publishers Weekly "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 "Profound, unsettling, and thoroughly . . . the best book I've read all year."--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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