Book Review 1: Lilac Girls

So along with overpacking clothes I also brought four books with me to Australia. Again my thought process was that I could either have them with me or they would be at home collecting dust. I had the room so I packed them in. The first book I read was Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. 

My mom made fun of me because this wasn’t a light, summery book, but I had purchased it this summer before I went to Europe and didn’t even crack it on that trip. Now I have a year of freedom so why not read what I want? She was right though it wasn’t a light book whatsoever. It follows the course of three women during World War II and it was fascinating. I was captivated by the stories and I couldn’t put it down. I pretty much finished this book straightaway.

I then told my mom that she had to read it and she also loved it so much so that she drove to meet the author in Connecticut one weekend. 

I fully recommend this book if you want to connect to an important time in history from a unique standpoint/point of view(s). 

If you liked The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, you’ll like this one. 

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Official synopsis:

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this runaway international bestseller reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom and second chances.

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 Ravensbruck, 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.
‘This is a part of history—women’s history—that should never be forgotten’ Lisa See, author of China Dolls

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