Lilac Girls

Version: Unabridged
Author: Martha Hall Kelly
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell , Kathleen Gati
Genres: Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: April 2016
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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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 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 Ravensbrück, 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.

In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.

Narrator List:
CAROLINE, read by Cassandra Campbell
KASIA, read by Kathleen Gati
HERTA, read by Kathrin Kana
With the Author's Note read by the author.

Advance praise for Lilac Girls

"Inspired by actual events and real people, Martha Hall Kelly has woven together the stories of three women during World War II that reveal the bravery, cowardice, and cruelty of those days. This is a part of history-women's history-that should never be forgotten."-Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of China Dolls

"This is the kind of book I wish I had the courage to write-a profound, unsettling, and thoroughly captivating look at sisterhood through the dark lens of the Holocaust. Lilac Girls is the best book I've read all year. It will haunt you."-Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"Rich with historical detail and riveting to the end, Lilac Girls weaves the lives of three astonishing women into a story of extraordinary moral power set against the harrowing backdrop of 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 bestselling author of A Hundred Summers and The Secret Life of Violet Grant

Reviews (39)


Written by Ellen V on March 15th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved how the fiction was smoothly woven into actual facts. This makes the story even worth more and wants you to find out more about the real events too. Compelling story, superbe idea with the different voices. I wasn't very fond of the Polish character's voice, a bit too exaggerated. But I guess that's more of a personal taste. Nice to hear the author tell about it afterwards!


Written by Jacklyn V on March 6th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very well recseached & written . Exposed more horrors of a horrible regimen.Made the characters very believable .

Written by Jennifer l on February 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book and deeply moving. I couldn’t put the book down. I appreciate the author’s note and the lengths that she went to uncover this story. One of the best books that I have listen to in a long time.!


Written by Lyndee G on February 20th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I found the story of the Polish victims interesting and should have been the focus of the entire book. At times the dialogue was too modern.

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Written by Terry C on January 18th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Enjoyed this book. It made me curious to find out more about WWII...(since I’ve never really had an interest in the subject at school).

Written by Stacie Y on November 23rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An amazing read!

Written by Diane F on October 4th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was on the edge of my seat through the entire book! I could not stop listening to it!


Written by Jean J on September 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very well narrated by 3 different voices for 3 different characters. Knowing it was based on real life experiences it pulled me into their lives and I was concerned for each one of them and whether or not they would survive and how. A very moving book, difficult to put down.

Written by Jade W on August 27th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The title of the book put me off but when I actually listened to it I loved it. I loved the different insight into the War


Written by Toby M on August 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a profoundly moving book.