Boy, oh boy..have I got a wonderful summer read for you! Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly is a beautifully crafted tale of how World War II bends the arc of life for three young women in three different countries. Kelly’s writing style is effortlessly fluid; pages float by like leaves down a babbling brook.
It is very hard to put this novel down.
Stories that blend fiction and fact, in this case the horrors of Hitler’s murderous reign, are especially meaningful and moving. One can’t help but come away from a book like this with a renewed appreciation for life and a sense of responsibility to ‘live it well’ in the name of every young soul who, for whatever reason, was denied the chance to fully bloom.