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Lilac GirlsLilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

From Goodreads:  Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
 
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.

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The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

The Opposite of EveryoneThe Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Opposite of Everyone is an intriguing and gritty story with flawed characters each of them holding their own secrets. Paula Vauss is a strong and tough lawyer who is damaged and guarded with a sympathetic side to her. I like that the story is told alternating between past and present tense. From the backstory, we are able to understand why she is so tough and as the story is told we start to see her grow, and heal.

I love it when a story with some grit connects with me emotionally and leaves me feeling satisfied at the end. That’s what Joshilyn Jackson has done for me The Opposite of Everyone.

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