Lilac Girls
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Lilac Girls


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.
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.

Title:Lilac Girls
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:487 pages

    Lilac Girls Reviews

  • Angela M
    Oct 12, 2015

    No matter how many books I read about the atrocities of the holocaust, the death camps , the concentration camps, I always feel that each of the stories must be told so it is not forgotten and no matt...

  • Elyse
    Feb 25, 2016

    Ravensbruck was Hitler's only major concentration camp exclusively for women. The story is centered around three women....each from 3 different countries: Poland, Germany, and, America. ---( before- d...

  • Jen
    Mar 28, 2016

    No matter how many holocaust stories I read, I still find them disturbing, shocking and heart wrenching. Surviving such a devastating experience brings with it a lifetime of horrors. For no one truly ...

  • Stephanie
    Mar 29, 2016

    5+ stars. Amazing story of strength and courage! Horrific and haunting read of the atrocities humans can commit. Lilac Girls is one of my top reads ever! It is beautifully written, terribly sad, and ...

  • Misfit
    Jan 15, 2016

    This story is about three different women, two of whom were real-life characters according to the author's notes, the third (a prisoner at the all female prison camp Ravensbrück). Caroline Ferriday i...

  • PorshaJo
    Mar 22, 2017

    I tend to gravitate to books on WWII and the holocaust, but I have never read a book about Ravensbrück, the Nazi concentration camp for women. I had never heard of the 'rabbits'. I was shocked by thi...

  • Suzanne Leopold
    Sep 27, 2016

    This book, based upon a true story, is about three women during World War 2.Caroline Ferriday is a single New York socialite who does volunteer work for the French Consulate aiding orphans. Compassion...

  • Lori
    Apr 04, 2016

    After all the books I've read about the horrors surronding WWII it still amazes me how awful humans can be to each other. Lilac Girls is one of those novels that brings to light a little known atrocit...

  • Tanya
    Mar 03, 2017

    I finished this book earlier in the day, and I've been pondering what to write for "my review" and I cannot put into words how much this book impacted me. It's books like this that make me appreciate ...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    Jan 15, 2017

    Lilac Girls is a quietly powerful book set in the second World War and based on a true story.It is well narrated by three different narrators, one for each POV. The story is told through the eyes of C...