Series: Lilac Girls Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 576 pages
Audiobook Length: 17 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2016
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.
Quotes from Lilac Girls
I guess somewhere in a corner of our hearts, we are always twenty.
Father loved the fact that a lilac only blossoms after a harsh winter.
How easy it is to get tangled up in your own fishing net.
Funny thing about grief: It gets easier with practice.
You have a choice. To wallow in the unfairness of it all or rise above it. Fix it. Let other people in.
About Martha Hall Kelly