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Lilac Girls 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] “But it’s fitting in a way— Father loved the fact that a lilac only blooms after a harsh winter" This is a powerful historical fiction with roots deep in fact. We meet four women: Caroline Ferriday and Herta Oberheuser, both real people, and two sisters Kasia Kuzmerick and her sister Zuzanna, loosely based on Nina Iwanska and her physician sister Krystyna, both operated on at Ravensbruck, the only womens' camp during WW2. ( paraphrased from Author's acknowledgments at the end of the book) Ferriday was a former Broadway actress who worked at helping and saving French children until she found out about the true atrocities of the camps. She then spent the rest of her life helping the survivors. Herta Oberheuser was a female doctor who ran the sulfa operation experiments at the camp, and Kasia and Zuzanna, based on real people as noted above, were two of her "patients". I have visited Sachsenhausen and read enough about the camps not to go into the atrocities, as that part is fairly well documented in other places. What fascinated me in this book is how seamlessly the author has woven fact and fiction into a story that kept me up reading most of a night, both horrified and edified, as well as thankful that there were such brave souls during a time in history we'd rather forget. This is a WONDERFUL book. I strongly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. If you enjoyed Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See, both of which I constantly recommend to people, you will love this book. Buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the best books I've ever read. I was hooked in the first few pages. Ive reccomended it to everyone I could think of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only negative was when it ended! Written well enough to keep up with each characters story without confusion. Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this because I really enjoyed The Nightingale and was not disappointed. It's a really powerful story that has me thinking of its relevance today. I couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The power of the human spirit astounds me. This book is an exquistely told story about Holocaust survivors and an American lady who made it her life's work to help people in need. It's a well-deserved tribute to their courage and fortitude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I did not know this story, but people should. Such compelling characters, with such strong will. The author has a keen way of writing the story. Praise for Lilac Girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. This is a great read. Highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters, they came to life. Could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An historical time and experience better depicted in Nightingale and other works. I did appreciate the specific story of the camp the girls were held in....wasn't aware of this particular camp. Adding a fictionalized romance for one of the Lilac girls was a mistake and tedious in the telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It left me wanting more. Will be recommending it to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a simply an amazing book. The characters came alive and I looked forward to meeting them every day when I read. Their story is inspiring and has profound meaning. Even in the darkest days of despair, their hope and spirit was never broken. A fabulous and incredibly well written novel based on actual people and history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Was hooked from the first page. Loved the characters. Will look forward to more books from this author. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished The Lilac Girls and it was very good. The writing clear and descriptive. Based on actual people and real crimes against humanity. Touching, informative, a very good story. I did not know of Ms. Ferriday and the Polish ladies. Everyone should read this book. Should be on high school history or English reading list.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Based on true facts that are written in a way that brings the reader into the story. Loved it. Would recommend everyone read.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The cover and the publisher write up on this book does NOT do it justice. This book is amazing. Best I have read in quite some time.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Excellent is the best I can use to descibe this author's 1st novel. A piece of what happened during WWII I'd not heard of; to not just occupied France but not as well known occupied Poland. Then to learn it is about real people. A strong recommendation from me to read. I am glad it was recommended to me! I look fotward to her next novel. JDL 8/3/17
Anonymous 11 months ago
Was totally wrapped up in the story and then learned it was based on true events. Wow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every page and was only disappointed that there weren't more pages. I could have read 100 more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A long book, and, at times, confusing but difficult to put down. confusing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! It is the perfect mix of emotions, history and story telling. One of the best reads in a very long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read !
Anonymous 3 months ago
So thankful that these inspirational true stories are finally getting the public attention it deserves.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The first part of the book focuses on the period that 2 of the central characters are in Ravensbrueck, the women's concentration camp in Germany. It is absolutely heartbreaking to read. The second part focuses on what happens to the women after their release, and the work of the amazing woman who helped their cause. Well worth getting through the brutality, for the beauty of life that follows. The base of the story is true and so inspiring.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This has to be one of the best books I've ever read. I was hooked in the first few pages. Ive reccomended it to everyone I could think of. and Take a Barnes $10 Off coupons code from bookscoupons.com