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Lilac Girls
Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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 Carolines world is forever changed when Hitlers army invades Poland in September 1939and 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 Ravensbrck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continentsfrom New York to Paris, Germany, and Polandas 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.Advance praise for Lilac Girls 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 historywomens historythat should never be forgotten.Lisa See,New York Timesbestselling author ofChina Dolls This is the kind of book I wish I had the courage to writea profound, unsettling, and thoroughly captivating look at sisterhood through the dark lens of the Holocaust. Lilac Girls is the best book Ive read all year. It will haunt you.Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Rich with historical detail and riveting to the end, Lilac Girls weaves the lives of three astonishing women into a story of extraordinary moral power set against the harrowing backdrop of Europe in thrall to Nazi Germany. Martha Hall Kelly moves effortlessly across physical and ethical battlegrounds, across the trajectory of a doomed wartime romance, across the territory of the soul. I cant remember the last time I read a novel that moved me so deeply.Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers and The Secret Life of Violet GrantFrom the Hardcover edition.
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Biblio_Baggins
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I typically have an audiobook to listen to while I drive or do things around the house in addition to a physical book to read whenever I can. I have been listening to this one for awhile and am enjoying the story but it is heavy. What are your thoughts?? #LilacGirls #heavyreading #audiobooks #LitsyBeginner

wanderinglynn This one is on my TBR, but I‘ve pushed it down a bit because it sounded a bit heavy based on the synopsis. 3w
Biblio_Baggins @wanderinglynn I just finished it and really loved the story. It was well-researched and well-written. The difficult parts are balanced by some really beautiful characters. 3w
Come-read-with-me @Biblio_Baggins I‘ve heard great things about this book. Thanks for the review -I‘m moving it up on my TBR! 3w
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stacie_rose
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A well written and beautiful story. Lilac Girls is a fictional retelling of real events with characters based on real people. I learned a lot about admirable individuals from history who I didn't know existed. It was a page turner, but handled heavy topics respectfully. I definitely recommend it.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 11h
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Mandigolightly
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I have the devil‘s own headcold right now, but I‘m leading the library‘s book club on this book tomorrow evening…so I had better actually read it.

Palimpsest Hope you feel better soon! 2mo
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Allthebookclubs
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Took me a few months, but I finally finished this great book - WW2 books really take a lot out of me. I really enjoyed this one, a different take than the last one I read (The Nightingale). Book 37 of 2019

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wideeyedreader
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#letstravelaugust The parts of this novel that take place in #poland are my favorite parts!

Speaking of—am I the only person to bail on this one?

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🇵🇱 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one 💜💜 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Read it for my book group, but that‘s the only reason I finished. Meh. 3mo
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Blueberry
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1. The River
2. Lilac Girls
3. Outdoor summer music concert with family and friends and then drinks after. Part of my personal weekend-long bday celebration. ♡
My city and the surrounding ones are blessed with ALOT of summer music weekend events.

@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

Crazeedi Happy birthday all week!🎶🎂🥂🎉 hope you had a special week and that you have a great year! 4mo
Blueberry Thank you @Crazeedi 4mo
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RamblingRedhead84
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This book brought me to tears, made me gasp, laugh, and shout in excitement. Beautifully written, the stories all intermingled with one another. Rich with historical facts that leave you in shock and horror. Following women of all different walks of life thru the trials and tribulations during Hitlers reign, this will leave you wanting more. Love, loss, friendship, courage, acceptance.

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Cakestache
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I loved this book! I couldnt believe it was based on teal people lives, it had me cringing in parts and wondering bow people could be so cruel towards other people! It follows the lives of 3 women, 1 who works in a concentration camp, 1 who is a prisoner in a concentration camp, and an american woman who has ties within a camp.

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Did I weep in the shower after finishing this book? Yes. Yes I did. Told from the POVs of three very different women in WWII, LILIAC GIRLS tells the story of the Ravensbrück Rabbits—Girls horrifically experimented on. It‘s a story not told in my history books and one we should forget. May we always remember the capacity humans have for both violence and heroism. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bfcr2 Book 1/30

Megabooks I haven‘t read this yet, but I got a question right about it on Jeopardy the other day! 5mo
tammysue ❤️ 5mo
CouronneDhiver I should give this one another try... picked it up sometime last year and never really gave it a good shot 5mo
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anwade88
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It wasn‘t until I was two thirds of the way through that I realized this story was based on a true story. Hard to read at parts, but very well written—a wonderful tribute to some amazing women. The alternating narrators really worked here; I had a hard time putting it down.

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catebutler
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Shell @booksbythecup & I had a lovely time reading, discussing & enjoying our first, ‘Seasons By The Book‘ bookclub choice. We have one final surprise, featuring our spring read, ‘Lilac Girls‘ by Martha Hall Kelly.

Shell & I were able to do a Q&A with Martha. If you get a moment - get comfy, grab a cup a tea, & click the link below for our Q&A.

http://ramblingsofaredheadedsnippet.com/2019/06/20/seasons-by-the-book-qa-with-m...

Palimpsest Beautiful photo 5mo
catebutler @Palimpsest Thank you!! 🧡 5mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Mehso-so

This was for my IRL book group, and I just didn‘t love it. The context of WWII and the camps is certainly heartbreaking. But I thought the author could have pulled me in emotionally more than she did. Is it wrong to say a historical book is predictable? That‘s how this felt. Plus, I disliked two of the narrators. Not my fav, overall.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #unpopularopinion #worldwarII #historicalfiction

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anwade88
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“A welder at her bow sent apricot sparks into the night sky...”

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anwade88
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When you are at the bookstore looking at the “summer reads” shelf and chatting with your husband about all the books on it that you‘ve previously read and enjoyed... and a complete stranger who is also browsing and overhears the conversation tells you she knows a book she‘s sure you will love... you buy the book, no questions asked 📚😁😂❤️

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kspenmoll
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Lilac Girls,WWII historical fiction,chronicles the true story of young Polish”Rabbits”of Ravensbrück,who suffered medical experimentation akin to torture.Gut wrenching,yet hopeful.Dear Mrs.Bird,is set in London during the Blitz.A fictional tale of the value of friendship,love,loss,&the endurance of ordinary people.The delightful Emmeline Lake & her humorous adventures working with an advice columnist,make this a light complement to Lilac Girls.

Crazeedi I loved dear mrs bird!!! 5mo
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BookofWords
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The best book I‘ve read in a while. Different perspectives done right. Keeps you interested in all the story lines not just the hero.

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Airykah13
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Such 👏🏾 A 👏🏾 Great 👏🏾Book! The audio was excellent and I enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend reading this if you enjoy WW2 fiction. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Booknerd222
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Met all three women, so I‘m intrigued

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Airykah13
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I really need to go to bed but I‘m trying to finish up the month of February for my temperature blanket. 2.5 more rows!

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Airykah13
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Week 4 check-in! #bookfitnesschallenge

Did much better this week

BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 4! You‘re gonna crush week 5! 5mo
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SarahKKillion
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just started this but feels like it could be very addictive! Interesting to read from the Polish perspective!

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kspenmoll
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#bfc
Today‘s walk: cool breeze, warm sun, billowy clouds. Perfect.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And glad you had great weather. 👍🏻 5mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 5mo
Ncostell Nice job! It really was a beautiful day for it! 5mo
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kspenmoll
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Reading to very different books set during WWII, depending on my mood.
#porchlife #Sundayafternoon #readinglife

DebinHawaii I have been wanting to read the tagged book and I'll have to check out the other one too. 📚👍 5mo
Crazeedi I really enjoyed dear mrs bird!! 5mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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My new Scribd listen for my IRL book group. One narrator is awesome, another average, and that‘s is grating on my last nerve.

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Airykah13
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I‘m participating in Book Battle on Facebook for the first time and Lilac Girls is my first book. There‘s a bunch of way to earn points and I‘m excited to participate. I just barely missed the deadline last month so I didn‘t get on a team and had to wait until June to get in on the action. #bookbattle #bbblue

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C.Perone
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Aren't they all, though?

Trashcanman Anything with a name is nice. 5mo
C.Perone @Trashcanman ☺️ Hi George 5mo
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BookofWords
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For some reason I thought Memorial Day would be a good day to start this book. Maybe the WW setting?

tammysue Loved this book! :) 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#Authorbooktour #EG #MarthaHallKelly #historicalfiction

Just got back from this author talk at East Granby CT community center. She was an incredible speaker-animated, vivacious,intelligent,- so interactive with the audience- also well read audience, with a long Q& A period.Listening to how/why she wrote both book, the years of research that went into both, etc., was fascinating. Plan to visit to the Bellamy-Ferriday House in Bethlehem CT (con.)

BarbaraTheBibliophage My IRL book group is reading Lilac Girls next. This makes me look forward to it even more! 6mo
kspenmoll @BarbaraTheBibliophage I have just started it. 😀 6mo
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 6mo
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kspenmoll (Con.) This house is where actress, philanthropist Caroline Ferriday lived,which is now a museum.She was instrumental in getting the Ravensbruck “rabbits”to the US where some had reconstructive surgery on their legs which were experimented on by Nazi doctors.There were Polish girls who joined the underground resistance & were captured. I know little about this group, so her talk tonight was about an area of history/women‘s history I know little of 6mo
Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! I‘ve heard such good things about the book. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh wow!!!! So awesome!! 💗💗💗 6mo
Hollie ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
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“Somewhere in a corner of our hearts, we are always twenty.”

#BrokenHalos 💔💔
#AMonthofSongs

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stacybmartin
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This audiobook made me legit tear up several times during my commute and in the lab. I‘d have to take breaks sometimes, especially during the experiments in the concentration camps. It‘s so important to remember these atrocities, especially in this day and age with how hateful and divisive everything has become.

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melissajayne
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It started out a bit slow but really picked up as I was able to get involved in the story. Really enjoyed it, despite the horrific images I saw once I viewed them. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I forgot to take a final photo of the book. #bookreview #bookstagram #2019

melissajayne I went down the rabbit hole (pardon the pun on this one) on finding out info. I had to set aside the book last night as I was gagging at the images. 6mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This was a really interesting book about World War II and the lives effected by the horrors of this time. It tells the story of two women with very different experiences and lives and is a very interesting story not only about the time during the war us also the after effects.

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stacybmartin
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Up next on today‘s #labsoundtrack. Work has been pretty slow so far this week so I‘m hoping this story really draws me in. The cover is gorgeous.

kspenmoll Trying to read this as the author is coming in thetown I teach in May 23! 6mo
stacybmartin @kspenmoll I just missed her coming to my local indie. 😭 6mo
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Booksnob
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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melissajayne
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First book for #boutofbooks

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melissajayne
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As soon as the episode of #thewestwing (6.17 A Good Day) I‘m watching is done and I get a fresh cup of coffee, I‘ll start reading this. #weekendreads

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catebutler
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I spent a large portion of my Sunday afternoon reading this heartbreaking book. Today, I‘m planning on finishing it. With a significant weather alert for today: high winds, lashing rain and warnings to stay indoors - it‘s the perfect excuse to curl up with a book!

This book is absolutely heart-wrenching, so I did put it aside yesterday. For the rest of the day I remained quite emotional & couldn‘t stop thinking about what I had read. #lilacgirls

LaurensLibrary This is one of my favorite books even though it is super sad 6mo
catebutler @LaurensLibrary I can see why! What an emotional roller coaster. I was doing a bit of research yesterday and the author‘s blog is a great reference. I love how the real life characters come to life with the letters and photos she has found. I can see why she had to write this story! 6mo
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C.Perone
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Wow, what a ride!!

I had some trouble getting into the story, but once I did . . . 470 pages just flew by!

Humans are incredible beings, for good and bad

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C.Perone
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An interesting twist on the #BookMap - an Author Map 😊

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C.Perone
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C.Perone
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When it's the same time you're reading about 😁

#BookGeekJoy

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C.Perone
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C.Perone
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#BooksInBooks

Having a really hard time getting into this book 😕

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JJSturm72
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Beautiful book!

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Bookishlie
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From Barnes and noble...... now what to start first?

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C.Perone
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Finally . . .

#CurrentRead

Jenken1998 I feel ya. Its been on my TBR shelf awhile now. 6mo
C.Perone @Jenken1998 I feel so behind now that the prequel is out 🙇‍♀️😄 6mo
tammysue Yay!!! 6mo
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QueenJen
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#manicmonday @JoScho

📚 Lilac Girls
🎞 Driving Miss Daisy (I had a hard time with the movie part! )
🎶 Pocket full of Sunshine

JoScho 💚🌷💚 6mo
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