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    Difficult novel to read!

    Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is a historical novel set during World War II. We get to see how the lives of three women in three different countries are affected by the war. Caroline Ferriday in New York City, Kasia Kuzmerick in Lublin, Poland, and Dr. Herta Oberheuser in Germany. This war will forever change their lives (if they make it alive to the end). Each one will experience the war differently. Come see how these three woman survive the war and what happens to them afterward. Lilac Girls is a long novel with some extreme details. This book is not for the faint of heart. There are many gruesome details about what happens at Ravensbruck (originally listed as rehabilitation camp for women). Ravensbruck was actually a concentration camp. Many women were experimented on at this camp by the doctors. These women became known as The Rabbits. It is very hard to read the details in this book. Lilac Girls contains good writing and interesting characters. The book starts out slow (making it hard to get into), but it does get much better. It is also confusing at first because it starts with Caroline (a New York socialite who devotes her time to the French Consulate), then goes to Kasia, then Herta. It then starts over again. The majority of the book is devoted to the what happens to the characters during the war and then the last section to how the war affects the rest of these women’s lives. I give Lilac Girls 3.75 out of 5 stars. This novel will stick with you long after you finish it (because of the details). The book is based on real people and incidents. I received a complimentary copy of Lilac Girls from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the novel.
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    Lilac Girls

    What a eye opener. This book opened up a new world for me. A world that was sad and I never wanted to dive into until now. I could not put this book down, it was so hauntingly good.
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    Captivating story

    I was hooked from the beginning, interesting characters, horrific events told through a beautiful story. Loved reading the authors notes at the end and her inspiration behind the book
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    Must Read in 2016

    This is an incredible tale, masterfully told, that you need to read. It is not just a tale, as it is inspired by the real lives of some incredibly brave women. It is told from the perspectives of three women: a U.S. socialite and philanthropist, a Polish teenager, and a German doctor. Their lives intersect at Ravensbrück, a Nazi concentration camp for women. I recently read Ravensbrück by Sarah Helm, and was at once horrified and uplifted. The women at this camp endured torture, yet were brave, optimistic and compassionate while fighting for their survival daily. Kelly's writing is superb, going from one character's chapter to the next seamlessly, and the book appears to be well-researched. The only part of the book I did not like was Paul's character as I felt it was out of character for Caroline to moon over him. If you read nothing else in 2016, make it this book. It will touch your heart.
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    Excellent Read

    Excellent historical fiction that is very well written. I could hardly put this book down! The story of three women during WWII in very different circumstances, yet connected. Being based on factual events makes the story all the more powerful.
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