Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book stirred up a lot of emotions. I had distinct thoughts about all three characters. Oddly, I didn't like any of them but really enjoyed the book.
We are in WWII. Each woman shares her journey in alternating chapters. I like that. Caroline is a former Broadway actress determined to save all of the French orphans. Herta is a Nazi doctor, with all that entails. Kasia is a Polish teenager mildly tied up in the Resistance. We get to see things from their perspectives, and oh boy, are those perspectives different. As they should be, in different parts of the world, different backgrounds, and different motivations.
Like I said, it's an emotional ride. The thing that struck me is I felt all three characters were selfish in their own way. I don't think that was the author's intention, but that is how I felt about them. And the weak tie-in to the lilacs, as well as the misleading cover, made me think I would be getting a different type of story and ending, so I felt let down.
Still recommend to historical fiction lovers. 3 stars.
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