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Lilac Girls

Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this runaway international best seller reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom and second chances.

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 neighbours, 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 Ravensbruck, 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.

©2019 Martha Hall Kelly (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

Critic Reviews

"This is a part of history - women's history - that should never be forgotten." (Lisa See, author of China Dolls

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wonderful

Martha Hall Kelly has written a lovely novel that all should read and connect with

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Amazing

Such an awesome and well researched story. Truly heart wrenching at times and definitely worth the read.

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Please read this book!

My heart broke so many times during the reading of this book. Such a fabulous book. Thank you Martha for taking us to the period of WW2 and the shocking plight/conditions the women were subjected to during their imprisonment at Ravensbruck. This story must be kept alive so that this atrocity doesn't ever recur.

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Exceptional

Wonderfully written and performed. A book to entertain and to make you engage with the story and characters.

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A story that shouldn't be forgotten

Well read and an interesting but sad story. One that should never be forgotten. It is amazing to think that people could do these things to other people....

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Buy some tissues first

Such a phenomenal book. This book will break your heart and mend it many times over.

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Brilliant

Could not put this book down so heart reaching wonderfully told
Narration was very well presented they brought the story to life

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Oh wow!

What a beautiful, thoughtful, uplifting, inspiring, magically written story! I've spent the last few weeks since I read it, looking up the characters in it. I absolutely love Caroline! I want to be just like her when I grow up. What a saint!

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Brilliant

This would make a wonderful film on Netflix. Couldn’t stop listening. Heartbreaking to think it’s based on a true story.