Lilac Girls

Version: Unabridged
Author: Martha Hall Kelly
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell , Kathleen Gati
Genres: Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: April 2016
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

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 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.
 
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.

Narrator List:
CAROLINE, read by Cassandra Campbell
KASIA, read by Kathleen Gati
HERTA, read by Kathrin Kana
With the Author's Note read by the author.


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 history—women’s history—that should never be forgotten.”—Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of China Dolls
 
“This is the kind of book I wish I had the courage to write—a profound, unsettling, and thoroughly captivating look at sisterhood through the dark lens of the Holocaust. Lilac Girls is the best book I’ve 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 can’t 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 Grant

Reviews (60)

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Written by Carol M. on January 6th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Enjoyed this story of the women whose lives were affected by the war. Look forward to reading the next in the series

Written by Emmalene M. on September 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very well written book about such a tragic time in history that is well worth listening to. What strength these women had to have to endure such a horrific experience during the war. The narration is amazing! Makes it very easy to keep the characters separated.

Written by Kerin M. on August 17th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Definitely thought provoking. The author brought to life the experiences and thought processes of WWII survivors, from both sides! I've visited Dachau and now will have to visit Ravensbrock.

Written by Sharon H. on July 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A must read! I have recommended it to many

Written by A M. on June 24th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was worried this book would be too hard for me, but after reading all the reviews I decided to go ahead. I’m so glad I did, as I just couldn’t put it down. Even though it tells a difficult story, it is not dwell on the violence. I was crying listening to the author’s note at the end and realizing the three main characters had indeed existed. Thank you Martha Hell Belly for all your historical research and for this beautiful novel.

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Written by Aida S. on May 21st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Is a very nice story because you are always interested in what will happen. It is terrible what the Nazis did to these girls and wonderful that there were nice people who helped them. The English language is very clear and for me this is very important because I am learning English.

Written by Anonymous on April 14th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book. I normally listen only when I am commuting to and from work, but I continued listening to this one after arriving home. Story is compelling and the narrators were excellent.

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Written by Anne B. on March 15th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I founded Part I a bit long with extra details, but then when Part II came I could not stop from playing. Great sorry, I also want to visit Caroline's garden in CT one day.

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Written by Angela D. on February 23rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I could not stop this book from playing, it took over my world. It was a sad but also amazing adventure to be apart of. I am wanting to visit Caroline's garden one day when we travel up north!

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Written by Tiffany C. on February 14th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was beautifully written and was incredible to listen to. I had a very hard time pausing because I was too engrossed in it. The author did an amazing job researching and telling these stories.