Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

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Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.

The book stays at a continual pace. We get to be in the mind of the nefarious Herta Oberheuser, the only female doctor tried during the Nuremberg Trials. We get to follow sweet Caroline Ferriday, an elite New Yorker that spent her life helping Holocaust victims and raging against racism in the north. And we get to follow Kasia, along with her sister, as the fictional characters based off of two very real Rabbits.

It is a heartbreaking tale, but seamlessly woven. It makes you somehow understand Herta, while never fully sympathizing with her. And you cheer for Caroline in every chapter. But the real heart of the story is Kasia. If you know nothing of the Rabbits of Ravensbruck, you can either choose to do your homework before hand or not. This book will make you want to research the real horrors that happened during their survival of one of the most notorious concentration camps. Thankfully, the story goes well past the horrors of WWII. It follows the rise of the Iron Curtain in Poland, and the work that Ms. Ferriday did to help heal the surviving Rabbits. It ends when Herta gets hers, and Kasia is finally able to close her terrible chapter in life.

A solid historical fiction I would recommend to anyone.

A note: I must mention that I enjoyed the authors mention of how isolationist the US was at the start of WWII. How we did not care, and how we wanted to properly vet the Jewish immigrants for fear of Nazis slipping through, as well. Though I am not sure her parallel was intentional, it struck a cord in this mommy's conservative heart.





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  1. I almost picked this one up but fear it would gut me ;)

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  2. I have this on my TBR list. Hopefully I pick it soon. I love WW - II stories, they are usually heart wrenching.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

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