Book Review: Camp Lake (Carson Chronicles Book 5), John A. Heldt

Camp Lake Book Cover

Summary:

Borrowed from Amazon.com

Phoenix, Spring 1983. For the Carsons, five siblings from the present day, it has come down to this. Find the parents they have chased through time for more than two years or go home and resume their lives without them.

While Adam and Greg remain in Arizona and Natalie searches the country for leads, Cody and Caitlin travel to a summer camp in Maine, where their mother and father met as counselors. The twins, now 19, hope to intercept the older versions of their parents even as they work beside the younger ones.

All of the Carsons prepare for a reunion that seems inevitable. Then tragedy strikes one family member and seductive strangers pull two others in unhelpful directions as a summer of promise turns into one of uncertainty and sacrifice.

Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, CAMP LAKE, the poignant conclusion of the Carson Chronicles series, follows the lives of several spirited adults as they confront choices and change the era of big hair, space shuttles, and video arcades.

Review:

Picking right up from where we left off in Caitlin’s Song we find the Carsons back home in Arizona trying to figure out their next moves in order to locate their long-missing parents. With two babies and a gaggle of people moving everyone seems contradictory, so they decide to split up in order to hopefully cover more ground.

This book reminds me a LOT of the Back to the Future movies where Marty McFly is trying desperately to return to 1985 and the adventures he encounters along the way.  Only this book is more similar to the first movie in that Caitlin, Cody and Dennis interact with the teen versions of Caroline and Tim while working at the camp where they met and fell in love in the summer of 1983.  While trying to figure out how to find the adult Caroline and Tim they are treading on very thin ice to make sure they don’t interrupt their parents’ meet-cute and romance in similar fashion to Marty with his parents.

I literally could NOT put this one away, once I started reading I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next, were the kids and their respective spouses going to ever find Tim & Caroline? How was this going to play out.  I stayed up way past my bedtime in order to answer those very questions and once again John did not disappoint.  I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next and what stories will follow these.  They will be good as this series has definitely been the best yet!

Five out of Five Stars for Camp Lake.

About the Author John A. Heldt

John Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past.

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Book Review: Caitlin’s Song (Carson Chronicles Book 4), John A. Heldt

Caitlins Song

Summary:

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Love, courage, and commitment take center stage as the Carsons, a family of time travelers, continue their saga in the great American West.

For the Carson children, ages 19 to 29, an unplanned stop in 1962 is a chance to grow. Adam, Greg, and Natalie begin lives with new spouses in Boulder, Colorado, while twins Cody and Caitlin get their first taste of college. All plan to resume the search for their missing parents as soon as they can.

For Tim and Caroline Carson, a planned stop in the rendezvous year of 1972 is a nightmare. While reading about their children’s lives in 1962, they learn that one has crossed paths with a killer. Faced with limited options, they race back to the past to reroute history and prevent a series of murders.

In CAITLIN’S SONG, the fourth novel in the Carson Chronicles series, members of a modern family find romance, adventure, and terror as they seek answers and each other in four memorable eras of American history.

Review:

WOW WOW WOW!!!!

This book quite literally had me on the edge of my seat from the off! I wanted to keep reading even when it got late at night and my clock was ticking closer to midnight knowing full well I had to get up for work the next morning! John doesn’t disappoint again – he’s nailed it this time.  Here I thought the previous three in the series were good, Caitlin’s Song just took everything to the next level.

The book picks up moments after the Carson’s went through the portal into 1962, they have to get rid of the bullet-ridden cars they were driving and head westward towards Colorado.  All the while their parents have taken their own portal into the year 1972 in a desperate move to try and reunite with the kids and their growing family.  Tim and Caroline learn some devastating news that could rip the very fabric of their family and thus the adventures begin!

Caitlin and Cody enroll in college while in Boulder making connections with students around them.  Caitlin especially falls hard for Cody’s roommate, Dennis.  Young Love being what it is its one-sided until a pivotal moment when Dennis lays it all on the line for Caitlin.  In a bold very romantic move he tries to win her over and away from Vincent, the confidant sophomore who is trying to woo her.

Tim and Caroline now have to learn where the rip begins and how to prevent tragedy from befalling their family – putting on their detective hats they make a somewhat questionable move to travel back to 1941 in hopes of preventing one trauma from unraveling the whole.  Crossing their figurative fingers they leap and hope the jump lands bulls-eye for success.

And thus the web is spun for the Carson Clan to begin their next and hopefully last journey into 1983 to try and reunite with their parents.

To say I am anxious for the next book is an understatement.  Five out of Five Stars for Caitlin’s Song.

About the Author John A. Heldt

John Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past.

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Book Review: Indian Paintbrush (Carson Chronicles Book 3), John A. Heldt

Indian Paintbrush

Summary from Amazon:

Arizona, December 1943. After surviving perilous six-month journeys to 1889 and 1918, the Carsons, five siblings from the present day, seek a respite in their home state. While Adam and Greg settle down with their Progressive Era brides, Natalie and Caitlin start romances with wartime aviators and Cody befriends a Japanese family in an internment camp. The time travelers regroup, bury old ghosts, and continue their search for their missing parents. Then old problems return, new ones emerge, and a peaceful hiatus becomes a race for survival. In INDIAN PAINTBRUSH, the sequel to RIVER RISING and THE MEMORY TREE, seven young adults find love and adventure as they navigate the home front during the height of World War II.

Review:

Picking up right where The Memory Tree left off we find the Carsons having just passed through the shimmering sheet of time travel landing in 1944, the height of WWII. This time they spend their time in their home state of Arizona making friends, and falling in love at a time when our country was in the throes of a historic war. With old foes and problems following them into 1944 it seems as if the family will never find anything resembling a peaceful normalcy.  The ladies Natalie and Caitlin especially are searching for this normalcy and both find it in the arms of two airman from the local air force training base. A ray of normal shines brightest with the birth of Adam and Bridget’s daughter, Camille; a hope that life can continue to move forward despite their transient life.

Even though the family briefly separate as the twins head back to their friend Emma’s farm in Pennsylvania in hopes of finding clues as to the whereabouts of their parents, everyone comes back together in Arizona to try and figure out their next steps.  This time they believe staying in one place and letting their parents come to them is the best way to move forward with their search. Everyone finds a way to contribute to the war effort with jobs in the war industry; Adam running a recycling facility, Greg teaching English to Chinese and British trainees, the girls maintaining engines at the airbase and Cody delivering medical supplies. In the end though, old demons surface and the five siblings find themselves once again facing down the ghosts that seem to follow them through time.

Again, John has captured the audience with this amazing novel! I always look forward to the next book in this series both because of the enticing story it will tell and on pin point to see if the siblings will FINALLY find their parents.  Though deep down I know John will keep that secret until the end of the last book, just because he’s that kind of author.  I am looking forward to finding out what happens next for sure!

Giving Indian Paintbrush Five Stars!

About the Author John A. Heldt

John Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past.

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Book Review: Memory Tree, John A. Heldt

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Summary From Author:

Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents’ Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past. In THE MEMORY TREE, the sweeping sequel to RIVER RISING, several time travelers find answers and meaning as they continue the adventure of a lifetime in the age of doughboys, silent movies, and Model T’s.

Review:

The Carson’s have successfully made it to 1918 in this next book in the Carson Chronicles.  And yet their journey isn’t over yet, they continue to face danger, confusion, and missteps all along the way all the while trying tirelessly to locate their parents.  A game of cat and mouse that might just lead them to more adventures along the way.

This time the siblings separate, each taking a different path in hopes of finding their parents.  The teen twins head to Pennsylvania to try and locate them using an old family connection from the Civil War.  While Adam and Bridgett turn to Minnesota in hopes of finding them through another family line, only to come face to face with a historic forest fire that nearly destroys them and the family.  All the while Natalie, the middle child, heads off to follow her journalistic dreams in WWI France and meets up with some old family friends, facing tragedy in the meantime. Lastly, there’s Greg who heads down to Mexico track down his Maternal Grandparents and instead, he finds love in an unlikely place.

This second book in the Carson Chronicles series will leave the reader on edge throughout! Always looking for more and more, as a vicious reader will know, just one more chapter, can lead to consuming the whole book in its entirety in one sitting.  The author doesn’t shy away from this tendency and keeps the reader wanting more and more. In the end, I always tell him he’s terrible because he leaves us hanging so!

I am going to Give Memory Tree Five out of Five Stars

About the Author: John A. Heldt

John Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past.

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Thoughts, 04/03/18

It’s been ages since I have popped in to visit.

Yes I’ve put my book reviews and possibly moving into the publishing industry permanently on hold – just lost my groove if you will and ran out of free time.

It’s been a couple years since my last post and frankly I have a lot on my mind I need to get out.  This forum is mine to do with as I please, so here I go:

I’ve been working once again to lose weight – and in the last 27ish days since I decided to rejoin MyFitnessPal I have managed to drop all of (2) two pounds, which isn’t a lot but it’s something and I am ok with it.

However, my mind is running a hundred miles an hour as of late – and the thoughts all center on one thing: My Life!

I initially began writing this blog because I thought I’d found my path, boy was I wrong. We weren’t willing to move out of state, or uproot our kids from their lives to move to where the publishing jobs were (Chicago, NY City, and San Francisco) and yes I know one can sometimes do the work online, but the big publishing houses prefer to see some level of experience in the industry and I was told that if I wanted to do anything we’d have to move.

So here I sit, wondering once again where I should be headed in life.

So questions are asked, one: What am I go at?

  1. Administrative Work – this skill supports my family
  2. My creative outlets include Crochet and Writing this Blog
  3. My structural outlets include doing anything related to organizing things and that includes doing our monthly budget and watching those numbers

So then this leads one to ask: What am I passionate about?

  1. Animal welfare – including our domestic furry friends in my home, cats & dogs.  Though this doesn’t leave out rabbits, rats, guinea pigs and any other form of domestic animal.  It also includes those living on farms and in the wild.
  2. The rights and treatment of lower-level employees, especially in retail/food service.  If anyone has ever worked either one of these types of jobs you know the stigma associated with them.  It’s not pretty.  And it seems the corporations “forget” about those out there doing the day-to-day grind.  I could go on, but I won’t.
  3. Girl Scouting
  4. Crochet

So now that I have listed these – now I need to figure out what to do with them – perhaps this is why I keep getting held at arms length as a ‘temp’ no matter where I work…interesting concept, no?

Book Review: Class of ’59, John A. Heldt

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Summary from Author:

When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him. 

In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window. 
 
Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.
Review:
I was very much looking forward to reading John’s newest addition to his American Journey series and while I wasn’t blown away by the treatment of the book – I have to say I wasn’t overly disappointed either.  This time, the series brings the main characters back and forth through time ultimately ending with them making a time-breaking decision.  I had a hard time this go round relating to the characters as I have in the past.  Seemed the story was not quite as developed as the others have been,be it in his Northwest Passages series or American Journey series – these characters seemed a little two dimensional.  While the story was good, I just couldn’t get attached to them as I had in past books.
This time the 1950’s meets the present-day world with Mary Beth and Mark sharing the journey with their younger siblings – while both relationships are up and down, ultimately it was difficult to decide where they were going.  I could not connect with present-day or 1950’s California and these young people’s experiences of both time periods.  All-in-all I felt like the story was rushed and forced.
This time Three out of Five stars for Class of ’59.
John Heldt

About the Author, John A. Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past.

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Book Review: Indiana Belle, American Journey Part 2, by John A. Heldt

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Summary from Author:

Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the “time-travel professor,” and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

Review:

The Roaring 20’s are a time that live in our imaginations, fueled by books such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and movies surrounding the same era – the glitz, the glam, and the hidden speak-easy’s.  Women trying their hands at working outside the home and building their own businesses, albeit hiding behind pseudonyms and nicknames.

When Cameron is given the option of studying the very family surrounding Dr. Bell’s family he immediately jumps on the opportunity and turns Dr. Bell’s policies and procedures upside down in an attempt to save one Indiana Belle, Candice Bell, from an untimely death at the hands of someone who wanted her dead for their own selfish reasons.  Immediately the story draws you in, initially telling Cameron’s story, giving the reader his short back story and delving into his character.  Then telling the entire Bell family story.  John always does an amazing job of developing characters, the environment, and pulling readers into his stories very quickly, Indiana Belle, once again does not disappoint.

I cannot say enough about John’s writing style and his ability to develop characters and draw the reader into the time period in which he’s written, be it the roaring 1920s, the 1930s and the impending doom of WWII or even post WWII America.  How he does it is astounding, and how he gets such detail is amazing.  I cannot say other than a lot of research!  I am looking forward very much to his next writing endeavor!

Again Five out of Five Stars for Indiana Belle

John Heldt

About the Author, John A. Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past.

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Book Review: The Return of the Witch, Paula Brackston

The Return of the Witch

Summary from NetGalley

After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon’s dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?

In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.

Review:

I picked up the first of this series, The Witch’s Daughter by happenstance when I was cruising through my Amazon recommendations.  I read it and was hooked to the story, completely intrigued by Elizabeth’s Mother’s story and how the Witch trials of the 1600’s in England played out post plague.  So when I came across this book in my recommendations I knew I just HAD to read it.  Seriously why wouldn’t I?  So I added it to my wish list and it lingered.

So now I’ve read this amazing book I am pleased to say that Paula did not let me down – she kept the intrigue rolling as Elizabeth and Tegan once again come to odds with Gideon – only this time Tegan’s kidnapped by Gideon and pulled through time not once but twice and it’s up to Elizabeth to both track her through time and find a way to defeat Gideon.  This tale takes us back to the 1600’s Bathcombe and then up into the 19th Century London.  A tale beautifully written delving into the spiritual, the paranormal slightly, and the romantic will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to discover the next turn before the character’s do.

I will have to say though 4 out of 5 stars though as I think the story was dragged on a little more than was necessary in order to further develop the characters and tell Tegan’s story in depth.

About the Author, Paula Brackston

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Paula Brackston lives in a wild, mountainous part of Wales. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. Before becoming a writer, Paula tried her hand at various career paths, with mixed success. These included working as a groom on a racing yard, a travel agent, a secretary, an English teacher, and a goat herd. Everyone involved (particularly the goats) is very relieved that she has now found a job she is actually able to do properly.
When not hunched over her keyboard in her tiny office under the stairs, Paula is dragged outside by her children to play Swedish tennis on the vertiginous slopes which surround them. She also enjoys being walked by the dog, hacking through weeds in the vegetable patch, or sitting by the pond with a glass of wine. Most of the inspiration for her writing comes from stomping about on the mountains being serenaded by skylarks and buzzards.
In 2007 Paula was shortlisted in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book ‘Nutters’ (writing as PJ Davy) was shortlisted for the Mind Book Award. Last year she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme

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Book Review: Some (Amazing) People I know, Keith Maginn

Some Amazing People

Summary from Author:

Addicted to crack cocaine, Martin ate food from garbage cans until turning his life around and mentoring young men. Beth was living the American dream, loving husband and five kids, before tragedy struck, forcing her to sink or swim. Curt was content with his life until a plane crash changed everything and he was forced to reorganize his priorities.

These are just a few of the engaging, true accounts in Some (Amazing) People I Know. This soul-stirring book tells seven diverse stories, ordinary people until significant challenges proved them extraordinary. Some (Amazing) People I Know, both heartbreaking and heartwarming, is transformative and will renew readers’ hope for humanity.

Review:

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of reading two of Keith’s previous novels, Turning this Thing Around and Goodwill Tour in 2013 & early 2014 respectively, so when he approached me to read and review his newest book there was no way I could say no.Keith has a way of spinning everyday stories into relatable ones that just bring you in.  This book is no exception – he introduces the reader to people in his close circle, those he has built a confidence in and tells their story as a reporter would write a biography.  From the man living in the darkest of dark spots in his life turning things around (see what I did there?) and to the successful chiropractor who seemingly has it all but holds in the pain of her personal life.  It’s possible to continue moving on, no matter what happens in life and what twists and turns your life takes.

I think that’s the lesson to be pulled from this book, that no matter how hopeless life may seem at the present moment – if you just continue to look forward and press through you too can turn a new leaf and begin again.  Ironic that I picked the book up at a time when my life was seemingly falling apart financially, it helped pull me through at least.  Got me to remember that I can face the mountain of issues I have and climb over if I take just one step at a time.

Five out of Five Stars for Some (Amazing) People I know.

**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

About the Author, Keith Maginn

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Keith Maginn was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of four children. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as an Evans Scholar. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology he relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for AmeriCorps and for Habitat for Humanity.

Keith returned to Cincinnati after living nearly 10 years in east Tennessee. He enjoys being surrounded by family and friends. While writing is his passion, he also enjoys sports, meditation, yoga, reading and live music.

Keith released Turning This Thing Around, an inspiring self-help memoir of overcoming personal struggles, in December 2010. In January 2013, he self-published Goodwill Tour: Paying It Forward, detailing a 3,000-mile philanthropic pay-it-forward road trip through the southeastern United States. Some (Amazing) People I Know, released in January 2016, tells seven inspirational stories of everyday people. All three books are available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.com or at keithmaginn.com. Keith feels writing to help and inspire others is his life’s purpose.

Five things about the author:

  1. Favorite books include Tao Te Ching, On the Road, Into the Wild, The Alchemist and The Motorcycle Diaries. Favorite authors are Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck.
  2. Driving around the country in a small RV or Airstream trailer for a few months tops his bucket list.
  3. Biggest pet peeves are arrogance and lack of consideration for others.
  4. He’d most like to meet the Dalai Lama.
  5. Keith enjoys a wide range of music, especially Pearl Jam, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Band of Horses, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews Band, Hank Williams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, The Script, Mumford & Sons and Tim McGraw. The two best written songs ever? “Imagine” by John Lennon and “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Book Review: Lilac Girls, Martha Hall

Lilac Girls

 

Summary from NetGalley

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.
 
On the eve of a fateful war, New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she sinks deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspect neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. But, once hired, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious female-only Nazi concentration camp. The tragedy and triumph of their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, and Germany to Poland—capturing the indomitable pull of compassion to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, happiness, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.

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