Historical Fiction Favorite
Martha Hall Kelly
World War II Germany, 544 pages
Lilac Girls continues the demand for the WWII genre with a story of three women whom you don’t realize are connected until deep into the book. The most powerful part of the book was finishing it and realizing I truly despised one of the characters. Ms. Kelly could have taken the story and wrapped it with a happy, we’re all friends, atonement conclusion. But she didn’t. An ability to hold true to a character from start to finish is admirable. Lilac Girls is the first in a trilogy with each one able to be read as a stand-alone. Lost Roses moves back to the Russian Revolution / WWI and Sunflower Sisters moves back to Civil War era; each one with a female main character from the Woolsey Ferriday family.