New York Times and National Indie Bestseller

“Harrowing . . . Lilac illuminates.”

“Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“[A] compelling first novel . . . This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly’s vivid depiction of history and excellent characters.”
Publishers Weekly

Introducing Lost Roses: A Novel

The runaway bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. This sweeping new novel, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

A Note from Martha


I hope you find something interesting here in the research for my two novels: Lilac Girls, based on the true story of how Caroline Ferriday, an American socialite  fought for Polish women imprisoned at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp and Lost Roses, the prequel to Lilac Girls, based on Caroline’s mother Eliza and her fight to help Russian emigres during WWI. It’s been an incredible journey uncovering the details of both true stories- from New York to Poland and Germany and France and now Russia. I found some amazing info and pictures along the way and hope you enjoy them.

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