This debut novel of historical fiction by Martha Hall Kelly is a smashing success! The author has done superb research and much of the book is based on actual events. There are 3 primary female characters, a New York Socialite, a Polish woman who was at the Ravensbruck concentration camp in Poland and a female physician at the same camp. How there lives are intertwined is incredible. It is not for the faint of heart but speaks to the indomitable courage and will to help others and survive as only women do.
I found the authors notes at the end very helpful to put context and clear up questions I had while listening to the book. It truly helped me understand the significance of the title Lilac Girls. I also learned of new atrocities that occurred in these horrific camps and while gruesome to ponder we must never forget and these stories should be told lest history repeat itself.
If you liked Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell or The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah you will love this book as well.

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