Lilac Girls

  • by Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by Martha Hall Kelly, Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana
  • 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible 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 an ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems like 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 they strive and sacrifice to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quests for love, happiness, and second chances. It is a story that will keep listeners bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final moments.

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What the Critics Say

"Rich with historical detail and riveting to the end, Lilac Girls weaves together the lives of three astonishing women into a story of extraordinary moral power, against the harrowing backdrop of a Europe in thrall to Nazi Germany. Martha Hall Kelly moves effortlessly across physical and ethical battlegrounds, across the trajectory of a doomed wartime romance, across the territory of the soul. I can't remember the last time I read a novel that moved me so deeply." (Beatriz Williams, New York Times best-selling author of A Hundred Summers and The Secret Life of Violet Grant)

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Prepare to be blown away.

Having first thought this was purely fictional I was blown away by the truth. Harrowing, haunting and inspirational, this story captures all of ones emotions.
The girls of ravensbruck must always be remembered for their sheer will to survive.
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- davkat

What a great listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, such a great book.Sad but beautiful story


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

They make you feel you are listening to the characters in the book.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My heart broke at times, but such strong women


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- Madeline

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio