In Germany, young doctor Herta Oberhauser begins work at a Nazi camp as a way out of her current life, but will this new life be what Herta wanted for herself.
In Poland, teenager Kasia becomes involved with the underground resistance but soon finds herself sent to a female concentration camp where her path will collide with Dr. Oberhauser.
Lilac Girls offers a distinctive perspective that differs from many World War II novels I have read by offering these three diverse stories that seem to be unrelated at first, but then become connected in unexpected ways. These three strong characters are told so movingly by the author. Ms. Kelly does an amazing job in making you truly feel each character's emotions and motivations, even though each woman is so very different. Their contrasting voices are heard so clearly.
I was not familiar with Ravensbruck, the all female concentration camp and the medical treatments that went on there. I appreciated the author's intensive research on this novel and enjoyed the inclusion of how this book was developed. I will look forward to reading more works by Martha Hall Kelly in the future.
I received this book from Ballantine Books Random House Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.