By Martha Hall Kelly
ARC e-book, 496 pages (hardcover)
2015, Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781101883075 (hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: April 5, 2016
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.
In September 1939, Hitler invades Poland. Caroline Ferriday, New York socialite and Broadway performer turned social worker, is already juggling demands from the French consulate and a complicated relationship with a married man. Kasia Kuzmerick is a Polish teenager whose life is changed forever when she’s followed by a German soldier after completing a task for the underground resistance. Herta Oberheuser is a female doctor, struggling to gain work and notoriety in the field. She takes a position through the government and ends up performing experiments on the helpless women trapped in a Nazi concentration camp. Their lives are all irreversibly changed during that fateful war and each struggles to cope with her new situation.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t read a lot of historical fiction that revolves around the more brutal events in history. My comfort zone is Tudor England. But every now and then I like to branch out (which is good, of course) and I’m glad I gave this book a shot after NetGalley sent me a pre-approval email.