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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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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

Sola Raynor I loved “Girl With a Pearl Earring“! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looking great!! 1w
Andrew65 Great progress 👏👏👏 1w
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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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🎃 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!!! 1mo
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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) 1mo
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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! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 3mo
DrexEdit Hi @LadyCait84! Thanks for the follow! 😊 3mo
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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 6mo
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! 6mo
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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! 7mo
kspenmoll Wonderful book! The Bellamy/Faraday House is not far from me; hope to visit when Covid relaxes some... 7mo
JenReadsAlot @kspenmoll that would be interesting! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
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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/

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JenReadsAlot I have 30 pages left in this book - so good! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JenReadsAlot yes!!!! 💜💜💜 7mo
Come-read-with-me I really enjoyed this book! 7mo
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kspenmoll Just adored this book & hope I can visit her home this spring. Not sure because of covid. 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Come-read-with-me 💜 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Come-read-with-me have you read ? I have it but haven‘t read it yet... @kspenmoll 7mo
Come-read-with-me I have read it and truly enjoyed it - I think you‘ll love it! 7mo
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Blueberry
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TheKidUpstairs 💜📚💜📚 8mo
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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!! 8mo
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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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Bianca
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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. 9mo
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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. 10mo
JaclynW Great book. Definitely tough to read at times. 9mo
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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.
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Eggs So true # 3!! Well done ✅📚👏🏻 10mo
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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.
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BayouGirl85 😍😍 10mo
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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. 10mo
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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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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😋 11mo
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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 🎃 13mo
Nute Looks like that situation made for a very cool reading experience. I hope that all is well now. 13mo
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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!! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 13mo
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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! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! 14mo
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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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30th birthday gifts from people who know me well 😊📚😚 #bookworm #morningafter #lilacgirls #bookishgifts

marleed Happy Birthday! 1y
ElizaMarie I love the Sue Grafton Books! You are going to love Kinsey! 1y
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 1y
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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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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! 1y
Revenge4bess My favorite sports to watch are Gymnastics and baseball 1y
KristenDuck @Revenge4bess gymnastics is the best! 1y
Revenge4bess Yeah, especially when Aly Raisman was part of it! 1y
Eggs 💜 Lilacs 💜 1y
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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. 1y
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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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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. 😊👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂 1y
AllisonM89 @Andrew65 it was a lot of fun! Thank you! 1y
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thewallflower0707
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First of, Its always important to share the stories of Holocaust victims & survivors.
Now to the book: I have read better, this did not impress me.

I think the cover is terribly misleading. The worst was definitely Caroline‘s chapters. Most of it could have been easily edited out, and when she actually had something interesting to say she was downright insufferable. No, I DON‘T care about how hard that affair was to you 🙄.

#LilacGirls

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sarahlandis
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I‘d just like to start by saying I ACCIDENTALLY finished this book. I was initially going to leave the last chapter to read when I was alone and had time to sit and let it resonate and really feel the impact of however the author chose to finish this. HOWEVER I miscalculated and was including the authors note and acknowledgments... and I was just BOOM done. I was so not prepared. I felt like something was taken away from me.

sarahlandis That being said, this book is great. Normally I don‘t go near historic non fics but this one was so captivating. The three main women all so different from each other, and relatable and captivating in such such different ways. I‘ll refrain from too many details since this is a ~book club~ read, but I really really enjoyed this book. 1y
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#JamminJune #farawayfromhome
Caroline Faraday, a NY socialite, leaves the US after WWII ended,to locate and help the “Rabbit Girls”, young women who were experimented on in horrific ways at Auschwitz. This book is historical fiction, based on real life people. It‘s story interweaves the lives of 3 very different women. The author ( heard her speak; she was mesmerizing) researched this book for years.❤️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hollie Such a good audio, too! 1y
Eggs I wholeheartedly respect the grueling research that HF writers do 😓 1y
megnews I‘m having a difficult time getting through this one because of Herta. Quarter of the way in but not sure I can finish. 10mo
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Lazy Sunday. Hubby let me sleep in then banned me from doing any housework today. I‘m more than happy to comply.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my favorite quotes is from this book. “Somewhere in a corner of our hearts, we are always twenty.” 💜💜 2y
Buechersuechtling @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Aawww, don‘t know the book but love this quote. 💜 2y
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tpixie
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Do you think the same artist did all these covers?

Princess-Kingofkings It is amazing how cover art is resused. I thought that they would be licensed or copyrighted but I have heard that isn't how it is done. 2y
tpixie @Princess-Kingofkings interesting!! 2y
Soubhiville There is a trend there for sure! 2y
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AlaMich This has been my pet peeve for a while, the million covers featuring a woman with her back to the camera. I decided on principle that I wouldn‘t read a book with one of those covers! 2y
tpixie @Soubhiville crazy? I guess I see one thing that works & reuse it ! 2y
tpixie @AlaMich lol I like that! It‘s like the women are being stalked! Photo taken without consent! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 2y
Gissy Coincidence? But I like them because it could be any woman face but not all race is represented. 2y
tpixie @Gissy good points!!! 😊🌸♥️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The cover of The Story of Beautiful Girl has been reused too... ughh I hate when that happens!! 2y
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BBowling
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Ravensbruck a German concentration camp where they operated on women prisoners. They called the prisoners rabbits as they were both used as lab animals and their resulting injuries left them them hopping about camp. This book was brilliantly researched and well told. It profiles the work of Caroline Ferriday an American actress and socialite who arranged for American doctors to provide reconstruction and healing. Well researched brilliant!

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Susanita
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Finally this evening, this is why I fell asleep on the couch and missed the virtual #bookclub meeting on the tagged book. It‘s okay I guess, since I didn‘t finish it anyway (WW2 fatigue).

Thanks to #socialdistancing I didn‘t see the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin this year, so this cherry wheat ale will have to do.
#bloominglitsy

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chelreads
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This will go down as one of my favorite historical fiction books. Such strong female characters and a wonderful story based on true events! #HistoricalFiction #WWII

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“I guess somewhere in a corner of our hearts, we are always twenty.”

Leftcoastzen True! 2y
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AlaMich Wow, how fast does your mom read? I mean, I know we all have a lot of time on our hands these days but even so... 📚📚📚📚📚📚 2y
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