Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this runaway international bestseller reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom and second chances.
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 the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems 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 Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents - from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland - as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
'This is a part of history-women's history-that should never be forgotten' Lisa See, author of China Dolls
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Based on a true story, Martha Hall Kelly’s riveting debut explores the little-known plight of the Ravensbrück Rabbits: 72 healthy Polish women whom Nazi doctors used for ghastly experiments during World War II. Fictionalising the perspectives of real historical figures, Kelly tells the story of Kasia, a hobbled Rabbit survivor; Herta, a German medical student who shapeshifts into an icy war criminal; and Caroline, an American philanthropist and the Rabbits’ tireless advocate. Full of heartbreak and atrocity, Lilac Girls left us speechless and and shocked yet again at the untold stories of the war.