Penny's Passion: A Book Review: Lilac Girls + TOLT

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Book Review: Lilac Girls + TOLT

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you link up your post below and share what's on your mind today.

I'm thinking out loud today about a recent book I finished - Lilac Girls.  This is the first novel for author Martha Hall Kelly, and it is a hit!

Lilac Girls: A Novel by [Kelly, Martha Hall]
Available HERE
Here's how Amazon describes this New York bestseller ~
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.
I was so excited when the Book Babes book club decided to read Lilac Girls!  The three main characters, Caroline, Kasia and Herta, were strong women and their stories were so intriguing.  Discussing the story and characters with a group of friends is the best!

Lilac Girls was a book I had a hard time putting down.  Each chapter focused on one character of the story and ends leaving you wanting to hear more.  There were parts of the book, namely when the story line moved to the concentration camp, that were hard to read.  Knowing the book is based on real people  and true situations made it even harder.  But the way the story was woven together made me want to keep reading and exploring the lives of the characters.

Martha Hall Kelly visited St. Louis shortly after her second book, Lost Roses, was released.  She spoke about her journey in writing Lilac Girls with passion and made me love the book even more.

Going to these types of authors' events have become one of my favorite things to do.  Have you been to an author event?  Do you like them?  If you haven't been to one before, give it a try!  The St. Louis library system has wonderful opportunities with authors from all genres.  Check with your local library for events near you!

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  1. I just finished Lost Roses last month! Lilac girls was so good that I could not wait to read Lost Roses and I'm loving the thought of an even earlier book written about the Civil War.

  2. Very nice. The local book stores and libraries always have great programs around here.