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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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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️ Unfortunate timing for this one. Both of my book clubs chose historical war fiction in the same month, and though one was Cold War and this one is WWII, they started running together in my head. I usually steer clear of WWII fiction because the market is so oversaturated. Tell me something different. Idk. Give me facts. I want the nonfiction this story is based on. And for Pete‘s sake, this sucker could‘ve been 100 pages shorter. #bookclub

AvidReader25 Completely agree on this one. These WWII historical fiction books are all blending together. 1mo
merelybookish So many books could lose 50+ pages and be better for it. 1mo
melissajayne Disagree with you on this book. If you read a paper copy of the book, there is additional information at the end of the book and a bunch of photos that show the actual women that the story is based off of. 1mo
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SamAnne I wasn't a real fan of this one either. 1mo
britt_brooke @melissajayne There was info at the end of the audio as well. If the book had been shorter (it really went on forever, IMO) or maybe Herta had gotten as much face time as the other ladies, I might‘ve felt differently. I‘m happy you liked it, though! 1mo
Cinfhen Preach!! WWII books do start to blend together- it‘s a genre I try to stay away from although sometimes a special book will cross my path. This was one such book 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I usually try to stay away from it, too. 😂 That said, I appreciate the rec and am stacking for a later date. 😚 1mo
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melissajayne
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1) Probably 50 years from the present day

2) Lilac Girls. What they did to the prisoners at Ravensbrook was enough to give me nightmares.

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
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britt_brooke
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🎧👟 This book is not holding my attention, y‘all. #audiowalk #bookclub

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kspenmoll
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#littenswanttoknow

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
A Gentlemen in Moscow by Amor Toras
Any book by Ann Cleeves

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the first two!! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I have so many!! I have a notebook full and it‘s hard to choose!

“Somewhere in a corner of our hearts, we are always twenty.” ~Lilac Girls

“Scars are just another kind of memory.” ~The Light Between Oceans

“ I‘ll find a way, I‘ve always found a way. I am after all a woman of considerable strength and intellect.” The Secret Life of Violet Grant

“In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.” ~The Nightingale

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #LittensWanttoKnow play💛 tag me 💛 tag friends 3mo
Branwen These are all so great! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Branwen thank you ❤️ 3mo
AmyK1 Love all of those! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyK1 thank you! 💛 3mo
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jdiehr
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Did anyone else pick up the "A Point In Time" collection through Amazon Prime?

7 short stories by well-known authors.

I read "Naomi's Gift" by the author of "Lilac Girls" last night.

It was SO GOOD!

A riveting story about a baby born in a concentration camp.

Can't wait to read the next one tonight ?

SleepyDragon I have to return a few titles before I can borrow these, but I'm definitely going to read this series at some point. 3mo
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kspenmoll
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Yesterday I visited the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem, CT with a friend.Our tour guide was amazing- incredibly detailed in his fountain of knowledge about both resident families.Joseph Bellamy,grandson of Jonathan Edwards,was a minister who opened the first school of theology & school of law in CT.The Ferriday‘s acquired the property in 1912.

https://ctlandmarks.org/properties/bellamy-ferriday-house-garden/

kspenmoll Martha Hall Kelly spent years of historical & biographical research, then fictionalized the extraordinary lives of Caroline Ferriday, Eliza Ferriday, & Georgeanna Woolsey, in each of these 3 novels. The author is a fascinating speaker as well- I went to her author talk & book signing when The Lilac Girls was published. 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Somewhere in a corner of our hearts, we are always twenty.” 💜💜

#Madeyoumad
#BookMoods

This book is so good, but it made me so mad to learn of the atrocities these women suffered.

Carolyn Ferriday https://g.co/kgs/T7JqEq

Eggs 💔😭😡 5mo
kspenmoll I am visiting Caroline Ferriday‘s house this summer in CT. So excited! (edited) 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll that‘s awesome!! 5mo
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WriterAtHeart
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It took me a little while to pick this book up, but it was amazing. I also didn't know until the author's note that some of these characters were actual people. As always, a historical fiction novel is prompting me to start some of my own research.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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What is your favorite book quote? Mine is from Lilac Girls… 💜

“Somewhere in a corner of our hearts, we are always twenty.” ❤️ in my mind I‘m still young!!

BookingitwithSandra I love the Lilac Girls. So many poignant points in the book. Btw, such a gorgeous photo!! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookingitwithSandra thank you! I found it on Pixabay! I can‘t claim it 🤣🤣 8mo
BookingitwithSandra @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks hey, we all gotta share the photos that capture an essence! It‘s okay to not have all the photos be our own. 😉 8mo
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MeganAnn What a lovely quote! This book is still on my mountainous TBR. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MeganAnn it‘s sad, but so good 💜 8mo
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staci.reads
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Fantastic historical fiction! Another book my daughter has been trying to get me to read, and this month it was my #bookspin pick! Loved this one ❤ @TheAromaofBooks

kspenmoll This was so so good. Heard the author speak at my local library. The story of her research is enthralling. I want to visit the Bellamy-Ferrady House & Gardens here in CT but Covid got in the open. I hope it is open this spring when lilacs bloom. https://ctlandmarks.org/properties/bellamy-ferriday-house-garden/ (edited) 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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LibraryCin
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It took a while for me to get “into” the book. I did like both Kasia‘s and Herta‘s stories. All the stories skipped forward in time fairly quickly, and I would have liked for it not to skip so much time so fast, as I felt like things got missed. I could have done without Caroline‘s story altogether, and definitely without Paul. Author‘s note: Herta and Caroline were real people. Kasia and her sister were also fictional but based on real sisters.

IuliaC Great review! This one's on my tbr list too 12mo
LibraryCin @IuliaC i hope you like it! 12mo
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aperfectmjk
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Progress update on #NovelNovember and #Bookspinbingo. I finished both Girl With a Pearl Earring and Pretty Little Liars both a solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars. Currently reading Lilac Girls.

@Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks

SolaRaynor I loved “Girl With a Pearl Earring“! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looking great!! 13mo
Andrew65 Great progress 👏👏👏 13mo
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Lynnsoprano
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I‘m not sure exactly how I feel about this book. It‘s well written, an interesting story based on real people and events. I guess it‘s that I have a lot of ambivalence about how it ends. The best description I can think of is “messy,” but then real life often is messy. It‘s a reminder that there aren‘t always clear resolutions, and mixed emotions emotions are real. This is probably the most realistic WWII novel I‘ve read and I recommend.

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Lynnsoprano
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🎃 3 books going: tagged book plus The Shift and The Invention of Nature
🎃 music rehearsal Saturday, then first live performance at our church in a year and a half on Sunday. Excited!
🎃 good friends
#wondrousWednesday

Eggs Oh great🙌🏻🙌🏻 #2!!! 13mo
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Lynnsoprano
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I borrowed this from my daughter-in-law, even before she‘s read it, so I really need to get this back to her. Besides, I haven‘t read a WWII novel in what, two weeks, I‘m way overdue 🤣🤣

kspenmoll This is heartbreaking & yet hopeful. (edited) 13mo
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LadyCait84
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It is tragic that the horrors of WWII are so expansive — in scope & scale — that even after studying the era in relative depth for my history degree & reading many historically inspired novels, I can still encounter new aspects to shock & repulse me. Yet the experiences of the Ravensbruck Rabbits did just that.

All the same, the book — fiction, with the added punch & power of being based largely on fact — is moving, fascinating, & worth a read.

melissajayne One of my favourite historical fiction novels! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 1y
DrexEdit Hi @LadyCait84! Thanks for the follow! 😊 1y
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JackieGreco
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I loved this story of three women and their stories of world war 2. This book has me interested in learning more about the women who survived Ravensbrück.

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Lovesbooks87
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That‘s a wrap on #bbrc. I have read so many amazing books that I never would have read if it was not for this challenge. I was also introduced to new genres that I have come to love. When I started this book I had no idea it was based off of real people. @LibrarianRyan and @Sarahreadstoomuch do you want me to update my google forms, I can if you would like me to. Everything is up to date on story graph. Thanks so much for putting this together!

Lovesbooks87 #bbrc Grow up: violet your turning violet 2y
LibrarianRyan No need to update the google form. I'll look for you on story graph. Same screen name?

Whoo Hooo by the way
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Lovesbooks87 @LibrarianRyan it is the same screen name. Thanks again for putting together this amazing challenge! 2y
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Frankies.space
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Good read, Confronting. Didn‘t realise it was based on a true story until the end.

Story of polish ‘rabbits‘ during WWII

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JenReadsAlot
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My #doublespin for April. So glad I finally read this - just a great book! @TheAromaofBooks

Yoricke_SouthAfrica I loved this book! 2y
kspenmoll Wonderful book! The Bellamy/Faraday House is not far from me; hope to visit when Covid relaxes some... 2y
JenReadsAlot @kspenmoll that would be interesting! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Caroline Woolsey Ferriday was an American philanthropist known for her efforts during World War II and the period after. She is best known for bringing the plight of the "Rabbits", or "Lapins", Polish women subjected to medical experimentation by the Nazis at Ravensbrück concentration camp, to the American public.

https://connecticuthistory.org/a-godmother-to-ravensbruck-survivors/

#Follow
#OppositeDay

JenReadsAlot I have 30 pages left in this book - so good! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JenReadsAlot yes!!!! 💜💜💜 2y
Come-read-with-me I really enjoyed this book! 2y
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kspenmoll Just adored this book & hope I can visit her home this spring. Not sure because of covid. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Come-read-with-me 💜 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Come-read-with-me have you read ? I have it but haven‘t read it yet... @kspenmoll 2y
Come-read-with-me I have read it and truly enjoyed it - I think you‘ll love it! 2y
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Blueberry
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TheKidUpstairs 💜📚💜📚 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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My #bookspin and #doublespin for April! Tagged book has been on my list for ages. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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IuliaC
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Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author ?

? Days get longer, temperature gets higher, flowers smell beautifully
? No, not that I've noticed
? The tagged book's title was actually translated "When the Lilac Blooms" by the local publisher

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dylanisreading
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This is sometimes really difficult to read, and I'm only 17% in. I'm assuming worse things happen later on. This is going to leave me feeling destroyed isn't it?

megnews It‘s pretty rough. 2y
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megnews
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Impossible to put down but so hard to read.

BookBosomed1 I‘ve had to stop this book so many times because it is such a heartbreaking book. Then, I‘ll go back to it and then I‘ll stop it again. 2y
JaclynW Great book. Definitely tough to read at times. 2y
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Reagan
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I finished it! Given the subject matter, I had trouble finishing this one but I am glad I stuck with it. The story of a real life NY socialite who helped the Ravensbruck Rabbits, a group of prisoners who were experimented on. Told in alternating viewpoints, the one that most affected me was that of Dr. Herta Oberheuser, who performed many of the operations. I tend to prefer non fiction to historical fiction but I enjoyed this, it was well done.

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Reagan
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Oh boy, did I ever have a day today. I‘m not sure why I was so cranky but I just felt like I was spinning my wheels. But I had a lovely meal with my eating helper Whiskers, and I‘m in my pyjamas and determined to make some headway on Lilac Girls tonight!

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BeckyandBooks
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1. None come to mind right away, but I‘m not very good at coming up with songs 🤷‍♀️
2. Bookmarks and totes 👜 Give me alllll of the totes!
3. I don‘t really have a preference, I just want a character I can connect with.
#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs

Eggs So true # 3!! Well done ✅📚👏🏻 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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This is one of my favorite quotes! I have many!

“Somewhere in a corner of our hearts we are always twenty.” ❤️❤️

#ThoughtprovokingThursday on Sunday 🤷‍♀️

marleed Reader, I married him.
2y
BayouGirl85 😍😍 2y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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The start of spring semester with Grad school made this a slow read unfortunately. However, I am so glad I finally picked this one up, after a friend made a good case for it in her recommendation to me 💙 I loved how the author based this off of real women, and thorough research. 😔The fact of the evil that humans are capable of,& even when putting horrific cruelties put upon other human beings they will still hold firm to the belief they are⬇️

Emily92Bibliophile ... right and just in their actions. No matter the amount of pain and suffering they intentionally caused on other human beings, seeing them as expendable . Sounds familiar to our current political, government and country climate. 2y
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KHartbooks
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Currently listening to Lilac Girls, thoroughly enjoying this audio book

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kellyannprz
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Mehso-so

The irony that I finished this book seconds before entering a cemetery... Now, out of five stars, I give it three. There seems to be moments where the direction of this book was all over the place. Then again, I do recognize there must be hardship when writing about a real life historical event.

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jouleian
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I‘ve had this one awhile and I‘m just now getting to it. It was given to me by a family member and I am just now giving it a go. Let‘s see how it goes. #litsy #holocaust #historicalfiction

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kellyannprz
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Reusing a Starbucks cup and hooked to this book on this rainy, yet sunny, afternoon✨

LittleMoon Mmmhh yummy😋 2y
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kellyannprz
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Reading by the river✨

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Mtroiano
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Our power is out but I can‘t put Lilac Girls down!

Sace Oh no! I hope the power is restored soon! The picture is perfect for the season though 🎃 2y
Nute Looks like that situation made for a very cool reading experience. I hope that all is well now. 2y
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wideeyedreader
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Decided to join in on #bookspin this month! The stack on the left is 1-10 from the top down, and the right stack is 11-20 from the top down.

BennettBookworm With the fire on high ❤️ so good!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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ItsAnotherJen
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⭐⭐⭐⭐

A very compelling historical fiction set in 1939. We get a look into the lives of 3 very different women when Hitler's army invades Poland. Caroline is in New York, Kasia is in Poland, and Herta is in Germany.
Any book dealing with concentration camps is difficult for me to absorb. Knowing all those courageous souls were tortured, punished, and starved is maddening. I liked how this book is set up and switches to differing points of view.

ItsAnotherJen @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo My first bingo of the month! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! 2y
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K.Wielechowski
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WWII
Kasia is a young Polish girl involved in the underground when she is arrested by German soldiers and sent to Ravensbruck prison camp where she crosses paths with Herta, a young German doctor who is tasked with doing medical experiments on prisoners, nicknamed the Rabbits.
Caroline is a New York philanthropist who worked tirelessly for orphans during the war and for the Rabbits after.
Fiction & nonfiction woven together for this amazing story.

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Jennaree3
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30th birthday gifts from people who know me well 😊📚😚 #bookworm #morningafter #lilacgirls #bookishgifts

marleed Happy Birthday! 2y
ElizaMarie I love the Sue Grafton Books! You are going to love Kinsey! 2y
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 2y
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nicoleyosick
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This book took me a while to get into, but once I did, I found myself so engulfed in the characters‘ lives and stories that I wanted to know more & more. It was a difficult read at times because of the painful reality the women faced in the concentration camp, but beautiful told. It portrayed the woman as strong & brave, as they had no choice but to endure such harsh circumstances for years. I especially appreciated the photos in the end.

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aa_guer2021
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I got to get better with reviews. 🙃 This was emotional and atmospheric. A story of girls whose fate was impacted by the horrors of the Holocaust and concentration camps. They came to grow from the experience, and their story is told with emotion and sensitivity. Based on the story of true heroes, there is fascinating material in the back. #recentlyread #historicalfiction #nospoilers #lifetales

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KristenDuck
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Happy Wednesday!

1. Lilacs are my favorite flower, and figured I would tag Lilac Girls since this was one of my last reads!

2. My favorite word is PUBLISHED, since I just self-published my book The Contestants on Amazon!

3. My favorite sport to watch is football, yet it‘s switches to gymnastics when it is time for the Olympics.

#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs

Revenge4bess My favorite flower is a rose. My favorite word? Gadzooks! 2y
Revenge4bess My favorite sports to watch are Gymnastics and baseball 2y
KristenDuck @Revenge4bess gymnastics is the best! 2y
Revenge4bess Yeah, especially when Aly Raisman was part of it! 2y
Eggs 💜 Lilacs 💜 2y
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KristenDuck
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A New York socialite, a Polish teenager and a German doctor‘s experiences during World War 2 are shared in this brilliant novel.

Each character was different yet was going through the same event. I loved hearing their different perspectives and became so attached to each one.

One of the best books I‘ve read regarding this war!

CatGusMax She's such a kind person. If you ever get the chance to see her, I recommend going you wouldn't regret it. 2y
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Peaceful_Reader
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The name and cover are confusing yet the story is well-written and researched. Brutal at times as it recounts life at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp for women through the eyes of an SS doctor and a young Polish girl with her sister and mother. Told in three voices we also hear Caroline Fereday, a young socialite working for the French Consulate in NYC who later helps the “rabbits” (women operated on for experimental purposes) regain their lives.

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AllisonM89
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Brilliantly written. Not my usual read, but I'm glad i read it.
#JoysOfJune #readathon @Andrew65
That's a wrap for my readathon. Now to jump back into De Lint's Memory and Dream (which i will not be finishing tomorrow!)

Andrew65 Well done and thanks for taking part. 😊👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂 2y
AllisonM89 @Andrew65 it was a lot of fun! Thank you! 2y
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