I absolutely loved, The Lilac Girls, the first book in the series! The second book was really god, so I couldn’t wait to read the next installment. However, this book just did not appeal to me. The author’s writing style is wonderful and her ability to relate the atrocities that human beings are capable of is admirable.
However, I found the subject of the book difficult to read. The horrors of slavery were staggering, and I am appalled at the mindset of so many people from that time period. The fact that the story is told through the viewpoint of three very different women — Georgy, a northern abolitionist and nurse; Anne-May, a plantation owner; and Jemma, an enslaved girl — is engaging. Experiencing life through their eyes makes the time period alive and emotionally touching.
Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Martha Hall Kelly is an excellent writer. Her ability to paint a picture so vividly is admirable. I look forward to future books by her.