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Martha Hall Kelly
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • One million copies sold! Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. “Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.”—Library Journal (starred review) 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 is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, 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 Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.USA Today “New and Noteworthy” Book • LibraryReads Top Ten Pick
World War 2
Martha Hall Kelly
Random House Publishing Group
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"I really liked this book. It’s based on a true story. Eye opening. Sad, but great ending. "
"This was a wonderfully written book. It was fun to see the different personalities of the girls. I loved the three character POV. We got a chance to get to know each of them a little better. Three girls fighting for their lives and countries all with the goal of surviving. This is definitely a beautiful and powerful WW2 book to read. "
"This book is told through the perspectives of the different women and even though it is fiction, it's based on factual historical events and real-life people. Gets dark now and then but a really good read. "