Happy Birthday, Caroline Ferriday.

July 4th seems a perfect birthday for Caroline, the anniversary of the date when our thirteen colonies declared themselves a new nation. It seems fitting today to celebrate this strong, independent women who did so much for others.

Thank you to Ronald Duelks who paid his respects to Caroline this weekend at beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, where Caroline is buried, along with her parents and grandparents. Such a lovely final resting place for a lovely woman.

18 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Caroline Ferriday.”

  1. Thank you so much for all this wonderful background material! We will be discussing and sharing our own thoughts on the terribly beautiful story this week, just six women that love to read good books! As an addition, we are donating books to the Mitchelville Womens’ Prison here in Iowa! They have a small library started, and it seemed fitting that we would bring books to prisoners.

    God bless you for the journey, all of it! You must have felt a mix of pride, achieving a work well done and, yet, emotionally “wrung-out!” I know that I was, and reflecting on the women and comparing it to our world torn by conflict, war and its own atrocities.

    1. Thank you for your wonderful note, Jan. Yes, “wrung out” is a good way to put it!
      And thank you for donating books to the prison. Such a kind thing to do.

  2. Thank you so much for writing this book. I just finished the Dutch translation and feel so grateful for your work, for all these women, for their courage, for the connection they nourished so others could survive/live/ …
    Here in Europe the two worldwars live in our collective narratives: my grandparents and parents both have stories about the war as adults or as children. I guess that your book touches me on so many layers, spoken and unspoken. After all it is a book about love. About the strength and resilience of so many men and women. Thank you! Marijke

    1. Dear Marijke, Thank you for your lovely note–it is so interesting to hear the European view of the war. Though many people here have stories from the WWII, many serving in it, we are further removed of course. I’m so happy you enjoyed the Dutch translation and that the book resonated with you.
      All the best,
      Martha

  3. I’ve just finished reading Lilac Girls, and it will stay with me for a long, long time! Your story was exqusitely written and it was suspenseful till the very end.
    As an American of Polish descent, I remember hearing stories in the ’60’s and ’60’s from family in Poland about life under Communism- but it was your story that made me think of those individuals who lived through concentration camps only to return to life in Poland to a constricting life under Russian rule.
    Thank you for giving voice to these women!

  4. Loved the book! I think this could make a great movie so even more people could know the story. I am so glad you shared this story of women who endured so much and cared so much! Thank you for taking the time to research this story and bring it to life!

  5. I just finished Lilac Girls and want to thank you so much for writing such a wonderful inspirational book. Sad, haunting yet so full of love that you cannot have for “The Rabbits”. My heart aches for them and all the pain they went through. It was indeed a story that needed to be told of such courageous women. It opened my eyes believe me! And Caroline was such a very very special person that gave of herself. We should have more people like her in this world we live in. You were so lucky to have visited her house and travel, take the route these women took that terrible day. Also to visit their villages and see where they lived and worked. I can only imagine how you must of felt. Your book transferred me back to their time and lives. Again I thank you for writing this wonderful and heartfelt story. I am looking forward to your next book.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Joanie. It’s so true that Caroline was a special person. Such an inspiration! 💜

  6. I have just finished listening to to the Lilac Girls on audiobook and I am totally overawed by the story of those amazing, strong, brave women that went through untold trauma and horror during an already extremely difficult time!! I had not heard anything about the Ravensbruck Rabbits before listening to the book, but feel nothing but profound respect and admiration for these women! It was an enlightening and emotionally charged book, and well done for bringing their story even more to the forefront publicly! I have been very interested in finding out even more about their story. Can’t wait for your next book!!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, Allison. I’m just thrilled the Rabbits’ story is out there after all these years and still resonates with readers like you. Thank you for your lovely note.

  7. How tragically beautiful your story – and how I look forward to my Book Club meeting this month to discuss it! There are 10 of us with extraordinarily different view points – so it is sure to be an interesting evening…. if only you were here to answer questions…. ones that i was unable to locate answers for. Thank you again for all your hard work, it is truly appreciated.

  8. LILAC GIRLS was such a gift. Full of history, lovely characters, great depiction of historical events, and so much I had never known. Thank you for reading that article and being compelled to tell Caroline’s story. I want to find out all I can about this incredible woman who could have done anything she wanted in society and chose to help so many. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and you have written one of the best I have read. Any chance a movie could be made? What a story!
    God bless you and thank you for your diligent work.
    Sincerely, Jacque

    1. Thank you for your lovely note, Jacque. Yes, something is in the works movie wise…will send out more info when I’m allowed to share the news!

  9. I just finished Lilac Girls. ..I have a new found appreciation for WW2 and the story you brought forth. I could not put the book done..as this is my November Book club read…I am looking forward to the Club discussion. I also will not forget Caroline, as her birthday is the same as mine. Thank you for being my guide to things I never knew.

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