What I’m Reading: Lilac Girls

I got a note from Ila, a blog reader, that had a link to a page that she thought had a couple books I would like.  Ila is awesome and probably knows more of what I like than I know about myself.  Honest, she’s on of a kind!!  Anyway, I went to the page and there were recommendations for THREE books that I was sure I would like…so off I went to find them.

I put myself on a list to get Lilac Girls by Mary Hall Kelly and a two short hours later I got a notice that the book was available.  That NEVER happens as this was through the online library that I typically wait weeks, if not months, to get a book.  I quickly downloaded it and started listening.  I was immediately overjoyed.  Cassandra Campbell was the reader.  She is one of my absolute favorite readers.  If you’re new to audiobooks, look her up and try one she performs.  She’s my favorite for sure.

Now I was hyped about the book.  I hoped it would live up to my anticipation.


It was a good book.  I did connect with it.  I do have to say that so often when I read Holocaust books, the people get out of the concentration camp and the book just ends.  I always wonder what happened to them.  Could they adjust to life?  Did they long term scars and wounds either physically or mentally that could heal?  This book goes on after the camps to life in the aftermath.  I appreciated that perspective.

Here’s what Amazon had to say: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.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars.  I am going to say 4.2 stars.  Although I liked the book a lot.  At times, the book seemed a little long.

If you want to give the book a try you can find it HERE on Amazon.

7 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Lilac Girls

  1. CindyD

    Martha Kelly had a new book out this spring – LOST ROSES. You might look for it.
    I also really enjoyed THE BEANTOWN GIRLS by Jane Healey.

  2. Becky

    Lilac Girls is one of the next books on my list of holds. I also had a book I put a hold on and got almost immediately just tonight. It’s rare for that to work for me; it seems I either have too many books coming available at once or I’m trying to find something available because I finished one and my next holds are still weeks from availability.

  3. Nann

    By all means add the prequel to your reading list — Lilac Girls.
    And the pre-prequel is in process — about Caroline Ferriday’s grandmother in the Civil War.
    I met Martha at the ALA Midwinter Meeting when she was promoting Lilac Girls. After she mentioned the Civil War book I asked her how far back she intended to take the Ferriday line! :)

  4. Lisa B

    Friends have recommended this book and I’ve tried to read it several times but couldn’t get past 40 to 50 pages. I wonder if listening to it while going about my day would be different.

  5. Nancy

    Just finished this book about two weeks ago … loved it. Thanks for your reading suggestions, Jo! Adding the titles to my growing reading list.

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