Lilac Girls
Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and 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.

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Lilac Girls Reviews

  • Jean Coldwell
    Oct 19, 2016

    Jean Coldwell

    Lilacs. Delicate lavender-colored flowers with a heavenly scent. Yet, the horrors experienced by the women of the Nazi camp Ravensbruck can only be described as hell on earth.Lilac Girls is a debut historical fiction novel by Martha Hall Kelly that spans two decades beginning in 1939 a...

  • Phrynne
    Oct 16, 2016


    This was a fascinating read, not quite perfect,so four rather than five stars, but still a book I would recommend everyone to read.I found out so much more than I already knew about World War 11, particularly as to what happened in Poland during and after the war. I also found it neces...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 11, 2016


    When done well, historical fiction novels can deeply connect readers to our shared human history and "teach" even better than many non-fiction texts. Lilac Girls is simultaneously heart breaking and heart warming, depressing and uplifting, as it weaves the story of women from Poland, t...

  • Suzanne Leopold
    Oct 10, 2016

    Suzanne Leopold

    This book, based upon a true story, is about three women during World War 2.Caroline Ferriday is a single New York socialite who does volunteer work for the French Consulate aiding orphans. Compassionate about her work, twenty-something Caroline wants to do something meaningful with he...

  • Jonetta
    Oct 6, 2016


    This is a fictional story of the real-life women who were subjected to medical experiments at Hitler's Ravensbrüch concentration camp, the only one exclusively for women. The story is told from three narratives: Caroline Ferriday, a New York debutant and socialite who worked tireles...

  • Britany
    Sep 25, 2016


    Holocaust historical fiction is my kryptonite and up the ante by base it on true characters... SOLD!Three women tell us their stories weaving chapter by chapter until they all connect. Caroline Ferriday is a NYC socialite working for the French Embassy, helping French orphans by sendin...

  • Kristie
    Sep 12, 2016


    To start with, I would like to state that the cover of this book is not of the three narrators. You can figure out who the three most likely are by the end of the story, but they are certainly not the three main characters. I inform you of this because I expected one of the narrators t...

  • Julie
    Aug 9, 2016


    They were known as 'The Rabbits', those seventy-four young Polish women and girls held as political prisoners at Ravensbrück concentration camp. The Rabbits of Ravensbrück were chosen for the particular torture of medical experimentation. Their leg bones were smashed or fractured...

  • Laura
    Aug 3, 2016


    Somewhat different subject matter exposed in this WWII novel. Takes some time to establish plot and characters, but continues to get better and better the further you get into the book. If you like WWII fiction this one is not bad. I would not classify as WWII chicklit, if there is suc...

  • Jessica
    Jul 18, 2016


    I'm so very clearly in the minority here, and I don't really feel like drawing the ire of the thousands of people who seem to have enjoyed this book so just let me say that the story was fine but I thought the writing was weak. The characters weren't developed and Kelly's use of the th...