Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thursday Thoughts ~ Books from the Backlog

Happy Thursday . . .  aka Happy Almost Friday!!

It's time for Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books.  It's a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks . . . or on your eReader.


This week's neglected book is . . . 

Lilac Girls 
Release Date:  April 5, 2016
Publisher:  Ballantine Books

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 Ravensbr├╝ck, 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.

Why I selected it: Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I find books set during World War II particularly enjoyable. The added incentive for reading this book sooner rather than later is that the author has another novel coming out in the spring of 2019.  Lost Roses is set a generation earlier and is also inspired by true events featuring Caroline's mother, Eliza.

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  1. I saw that there would be a new book in 2019. And I haven't read this one either, but it was highly recommended last year to me by one of our mystery group members. I need to get on that so I can read the new one next year.

  2. I like your strategy, Kay. The best laid plans of librarians, lol.

  3. Oh yes, that really does sound good. Nothing like a new release to spur one on. :)

  4. I was really tempted by this book when it was first released. I was even offered an arc but couldn't work it into my reading schedule. I love the sound of it and hope you enjoy it!

  5. I have this one on my TBR shelf too. Doesn't it sound really good? Hopefully we will both love it. ­čśŐ