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Martha Hall Kelly

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Martha Hall Kelly is a native New Englander, born in Milton, Massachusetts. She has worked as an advertising copywriter. The Lilac Girls is her first novel. It is on the March 2017 New York Times Best Sellers list. (Bowker Author Biography)
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This novel has so much - spies, powerful women, a fight for justice, and more - but I struggled to get through the book and I had trouble connecting with the characters. I'm certain other readers will love this book, but I felt like there was almost too much happening for a good story.
wagner.sarah35 | 12 andra recensioner | Feb 24, 2024 |
Beautiful weaving together of stories from vastly different viewpoints: the good, the bad, the ugly. Set in World War II and over the decade and change after it, the stories of three women unfold and gradually intertwine. Excellent storytelling, well-defined characters with assets and flaws, an enjoyable reading experience.
bschweiger | 182 andra recensioner | Feb 4, 2024 |
"Sunflower Sisters" by Martha Hall Kelly is the first book that I have read in the Lilac Girls series. As other reviewers have posted, it's not necessary to read the series in order. I did not feel that I missed out on any vital information by not reading the previous novels in the series. The plot follows the lives of two of the Woolsey sisters, Georgy and Eliza, as they find themselves in the middle of the civil war. Even though they are from a wealthy family, they long to make a difference and assist in the war effort in any way they can. Georgy (Georgeanna) follows her passion for nursing. The sisters find themselves traveling from New York to Washington D.C. to Gettysburg. What made this novel enjoyable, was the fact that it also intermingles the lives of Jemma (a runaway slave), her family, other slaves, and her "owner". The story is well-written and an enjoyable read. There were a few times throughout the novel that it lagged a bit. Hence, the four-star versus five-star rating. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a novel that I would recommend.… (mer)
AndreaHelena | 24 andra recensioner | Jan 7, 2024 |
This book left me with many emotions. The evils and injustice that were the narrative of the lives of the prisoners during Hitlers reign are enough to snap breath from you. I confess that it took me a minute to get into this book. Felt it challenging to follow the characters at first although that may have been more my issue than the authors. But as I got going, I spent every free moment reading. My favorite part of this book is the hunger it gave me to know more. To look up the real-life bios of the characters that the author spoke of. I agree with one reviewer that Caroline could have had a little more depth in the novel as she was an amazing woman. The high society topics were my least favorite yet I came away from the book wanting to know more about the woman in the midst of it. To think that this was a first-time novel is mind blowing at best. So well done. I can't wait for the next one! I liked that this gave me a good experience with historical fiction because I have a hard time with the genre and this book made me more interested and curious so it was a win win for me.… (mer)
b00kdarling87 | 182 andra recensioner | Jan 7, 2024 |



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