Rating: 5 out of 5.

lilac girls by martha hall kelly

women’s historical FICTION, 544 PP

Lilac Girls continues the demand for the WWII genre with an interwoven 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.

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Lost Roses is the second book in a Martha Hall Kelly’s series tied to the women of the Ferriday family and serves as a prequel to Lilac Girls set during World War I. Both books focus on women’s relationships with each other and a theme of women helping women. The books can be read in any order and equally enjoyed as great examples of historical fiction. Full review here: Lost Roses: Barbs and Beauty.

Coming in March 2021: Sunflower Sisters the third book in the series, following the Ferriday women back to the Civil War. I have an ARC of this one and will be posting my review around publication time.

Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

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