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Martha Hall Kelly

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Martha is still pinching herself after her debut novel LILAC GIRLS, about socialite Caroline Ferriday and her fight to help a group of concentration camp survivors, became an Instant NY Times bestseller in 2016 and went on to sell over two million copies. Once the paperback stayed on the NYT list for 54 weeks, and became published in fifty countries she wrote two more novels: LOST ROSES about Caroline's mother, and SUNFLOWER SISTERS about her great grandmother, which also became Instant NY Times bestsellers. Her latest novel, THE GOLDEN DOVES, which returns to WWII, arrives in bookstores April 18th, 2023. Martha grew up in Massachusetts and now splits her time between Connecticut and New York City. You'll find more info about the incredible ...more

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Martha Hall Kelly I'm so happy you liked Lilac Girls, Anita, and thanks for asking about the next book...I'm working on it now-- a prequel to Lilac Girls. So far it's b…moreI'm so happy you liked Lilac Girls, Anita, and thanks for asking about the next book...I'm working on it now-- a prequel to Lilac Girls. So far it's been just as much fun to write as the first, so that's a good sign!(less)
Martha Hall Kelly Hi Elizabeth,
I did almost ten years of research for Lilac Girls. I started with Caroline's three archives, then went to Warsaw and Lublin Poland and t…more
Hi Elizabeth,
I did almost ten years of research for Lilac Girls. I started with Caroline's three archives, then went to Warsaw and Lublin Poland and to Germany at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. I also spoke with Ravensbruck survivors, Caroline's friends, colleagues and family and in Paris translated almost 100 of Caroline's letters written in French. And read every book and memoir there is on Ravensbruck/National Socialism/ WWII Poland as well. (At least it felt like every one. :) ) It was really fun.(less)
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"Martha Hall Kelly has done it again! This book is phenomenal! Such a rich story detailing WWII through the eyes of two female spies and their world-wide quest for justice. I absolutely loved this book! The 500 pages goes by so fast! Major recommend! " Read more of this review »
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"The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly. I have read all of her books and this one is outstanding. It is about Josie and Arlette who work to bring down the Nazis both during and after the war. The author has done much research for her books and the cha" Read more of this review »
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“After that, we were like flies stuck in honey, alive but not really living.”
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“retrouvailles, another one of those words that do not translate into English, which means “the happiness of meeting someone you love again after a long time.”
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