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Publisher's Summary

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 an ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems like 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 they strive and sacrifice 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 quests for love, happiness, and second chances. It is a story that will keep listeners bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final moments.
©2016 Martha Hall Kelly (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Rich with historical detail and riveting to the end, Lilac Girls weaves together the lives of three astonishing women into a story of extraordinary moral power, against the harrowing backdrop of a 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 best-selling author of A Hundred Summers and The Secret Life of Violet Grant)
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By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

The cover is a bit misleading, but...

This was a memorable book & the 3 stories were very interesting & well-written. Don't be tempted to read the author's note at the end of the book first. Spoilers! I'm glad the author included it. I wanted to know more about actual events. I'm inspired to read more about the "rabbits."

The book seemed to drag a few times, but that's probably because I wanted things to happen that didn't. The book is long, but I don't think it needed editing (& I'm a former proofreader/copy editor).

Each narrator was excellent! I would be surprised if anyone dislikes the narrators. Even when each does other accents, I didn't find it jarring or dissonant.

There are a few places where it's quite sad & grim. But that's part of the book's purpose; it's about the Holocaust, after all.

Overall, an interesting, moving book from a new author. I'll be watching for her next book!

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By Holly on 06-14-16

One of the best books I've ever heard!

LOVED this book! I couldn't stop listening. I didn't know until afterward that this story is based on real people experience which makes it even! more amazing. There was no time in this book when I wanted to put it down. All my friends have gotten the book because of my recommendation and they say the same thing. The different character narrators' voices were amazing and really makes the listener feel like you are right there with them. The woman who narrated the character Kasha was especially good. I have never heard a narrator capture the emotion of a scene like she can... simply WOW! Don't pass this book up.

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By Mary on 11-07-17

Best book I have ever read.

This book is unputdownable. It is based on facts. The author really has a great insight into the lives of prisoners in the different camps. Overall a brilliant story, well told.

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By Jane beer on 10-18-17

Great listen

Really enjoyed this book, loved the true historical aspect runing through the storey, sorry when it finished!!

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By davkat on 02-23-17

Prepare to be blown away.

Having first thought this was purely fictional I was blown away by the truth. Harrowing, haunting and inspirational, this story captures all of ones emotions.
The girls of ravensbruck must always be remembered for their sheer will to survive.

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By Madeline on 11-01-16

What a great listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, such a great book.Sad but beautiful story

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

They make you feel you are listening to the characters in the book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My heart broke at times, but such strong women

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