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April 26, 2016

Lilac Girls

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By: Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls is an amazing book that will draw you in immediately. It focuses on three women, Caroline, Herta and Kasia, during WWII.  Caroline is a New York socialite with French ties who works for the French Consulate to provide care packages for French orphans.  Kasia is a Polish teenager whose work with the underground resistance gets her sent to Ravensbruck, the Nazi concentration camp for women.  Herta is a woman doctor who finds that Germany isn’t ready for women doctors so she can’t find a job.  When she sees an ad for a doctor at the Ravensbruck  concentration camp, she jumps at the opportunity,  not realizing the horrors she will soon be facing.   But Herta is a true German dedicated to the Reich and she soon becomes involved with medical experiments on Polish teenagers. The book’s chapters alternate between the three women and each chapter ends with a cliffhanger. The reader must keep reading to find out what has happened to each character. I thought this was a great literary device because it kept me reading.  I had to find out what was going to happen to each character!  Meticulously researched and based on true characters and events,  this book was  almost impossible for me to put down.

Lilac Girls
is an adult book that is appropriate for older teens.

Review By: Jan Bridges