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 (33)

Written by D Favier 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.


Written by Linda E on August 9th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Don't let the cover fool you. This is not a "ladies" book of fiction. I was shocked to learn the characters were real and that these experiments were performed on healthy people during WWII by Nazi doctors. I have told many friends about it and can't get this story out of my mind. The three narrators had great voices and accents that made it a memorable story.

Written by Nancy K on August 9th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book! It was well written and well narrated. Since it was based on real people, in real places it was difficult to hear. It is an important reminder of what has happened and could happen again in similar circumstances! Great book!


Written by Sonja M on August 7th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

So many moving books about WWII, but this was an unexpected pleasure. It is a powerful and true story everyone should know about absolutely remarkable women. The author's use of three voices works beautifully. Great narration.

Written by Natalie F on August 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great book - I really enjoyed it , will look for more from the author

Written by Ashlei B on August 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Lilac Girls is an amazing book with incredibly talented narrators. This book made me want to learn so much more about the Nuremburg Trials and about Ravensbruck. Well worth the emotional read!! One of my favorites!


Written by Peter M on July 19th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book. Made me see what happened and how easily it could happen again. Plenty to think about, but even in Trump America which rhetoric is right and which is wrong.