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The Bellamy-Ferriday House Just Made My Christmas Extra Special

imageAfter spending so much time at The Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens researching Lilac Girls, you can imagine how attached I’ve become to the lovely old house. I’ve also become so fond of the wonderful people at The Connecticut Landmarks, in whose hands Caroline left her beloved home. This year they have done a holiday tribute to Lilac Girls and decked the halls with lilac poinsettias and even put the book under the tree. I’m just so touched and this holiday I’ll be thanking my lucky stars I visited Caroline’s home back in 2000. Dressed in lilac, The Hay has never looked more beautiful.

Thank you to Dorothy Ambruso, BF House guide extraordinaire for sharing it.

  • Karen FrithDecember 14, 2016 - 8:21 am

    I’ve just finished reading your compelling and sensitively and atmospherically written book!

    I left NZ for a holiday in Canada 3 days ago armed with your book, which I have just finished

    I was inspired, saddened, challenged and very glad that this true story has been written about and the profile once again raised

    Faultless and well researched!

    Thank you for writing this book!ReplyCancel

    • Marthakelly10@gmail.comDecember 17, 2016 - 3:55 am

      Its my pleasure, Karen. I’m so glad you enjoyed Lilac Girls and that you found it to be a good companion on your trip!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne SenIerDecember 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm

    I have just completed my reading of your beautifully written novel. I found it impossible to put down, each chapter drawing me in more to the characters’ world.
    It is heartwrenching to know of the pain human beings can be capable of inflicting on others but uplifting to reflect on the courage, faith, and tenacity of the human spirit.
    I cannot wait to share your work with my friends. When my lilacs bloom in the spring, I will remember your Lilac Girls.ReplyCancel

    • Marthakelly10@gmail.comDecember 21, 2016 - 2:52 pm

      Dear Joanne,

      Notes like this make me especially glad I wrote Lilac Girls. Thank you!


  • JenniferDecember 25, 2016 - 3:44 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Just by reading the inside cover of the book I was hooked. Without knowing anything about Caroline Ferriday and knowing very little about the Ravensbrucks Lapins previous to the book, I have now read numerous articles and first hand accounts on both, all of which tell an incredible story of adversity and survival. While somewhat unbelievable to comprehend what humans are truly capable of, it is also amazing to see the humanity that can exist in us all. Thank you for bringing to life such an emotional story; a story that needed to be told.ReplyCancel

    • Marthakelly10@gmail.comDecember 25, 2016 - 9:11 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer. I’m so happy you enjoyed it!



  • PauletteDecember 26, 2016 - 9:42 pm

    Thank you so much for all your hard work writing this book! It was so good and I hated to put it down. Some parts were really difficult to read; it is amazing what people are able to survive. I was surprised the woman Doctor stayed at the camp as appalled as she was when she first got to Ravenbruk. I am glad also that she wasn’t allowed to get away with all of what she had done, though she must have thought she had for many years.
    I hope you are writing another book. I will look forward to reading it! Thank you again! You have a loyal fan in me.ReplyCancel

    • Marthakelly10@gmail.comDecember 27, 2016 - 6:30 am

      What a sweet note, Paulette. So glad you enjoyed Lilac Girls! I’m working on the next book now,a prequel to Lilac Girls. Can’t wait to share it! 💜ReplyCancel

  • MaryDecember 31, 2016 - 10:34 pm

    I have just finished reading Lilac Girls. It was a story that was beautifully written. It inspired me to learn more about the people you wrote about. This story of courage and strength. I am an avid reader and there is only one other author I have ever felt the need to write about… now you make two! I am looking forward to your next endeavor. Again, thank you so much for a great novel about a very sad time, but with such a hopeful ending. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • Marthakelly10@gmail.comJanuary 16, 2017 - 12:29 am

      Wow, Mary, just one of two. I am honored and just thrilled that you reached out.

      So glad you enjoyed the book!


  • GeorgetteJanuary 15, 2017 - 8:17 pm

    I am so glad that I discovered Lilac Girls and I thank you for the enormous research task that you undertook in writing this novel. I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t be able to abide what I expected to be the gruesome parts, but the characters maintained so much sensitivity and even kindness toward each other that I anticipated reading more to the saga. There are so many fragments that stick in my mind – fixing an inmates hair for her, sharing the delicacy of a carrot and clueless Herta assuming the psychologist didn’t wear a lab coat solely in order to woo them to trust him. I wish I lived near enough to attend one of your book talks and I look forward to your future novels. Oh, and thank you for giving us a glimpse of the real women who inspired your work.ReplyCancel

    • Marthakelly10@gmail.comJanuary 16, 2017 - 12:27 am

      Thank you for your note, Georgette. I love hearing specific things readers like in the book. We share a lot of the same likes…especially the one when Kasia and the other women fix Regina’s hair for her. All based on true accounts, which makes it even more poignant.
      Really appreciate you taking the time to reach out!
      All the best,


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