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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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    Wonderful

    I found this book both disturbing and enlightening . I felt so sad for what the people went through. How the Rabbits survived and carried on. The author was very detailed in her writing. It was a book you could not read all at once as it was very depressing. But you still wanted to go back and read more to see the outcome .
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    Lilac Girls

    Excellent. Tragic and hopeful, sad and enduring. Highly recommend! Lilac girls will touch your soul
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    Important read, enthralling

    Thank you martha hall kelly for such an imporant Book. wow caroline ferriday truly was a hero. There is 74 reasons to read this book, the RAvensbruck rabbits. Heartwrenching to read what these women lived through. Couldnt put this book down. Everyone should read this historic book. Thank you for educating us on these tragic events against humanity.
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