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Press Release 5/6/19

(Kent, Connecticut) – Join the Kent Memorial Library and the House of Books for a book talk and signing with author Martha Hall Kelly. She will discuss her new book: Lost Roses. This extraordinary event will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, June 1, at Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard in Kent.

An author and native New Englander, Kelly’s debut novel Lilac Girls, became a New York Times bestseller the week it was published in April 2016. The novel is historical fiction, based on the true story of 72 Polish women who were imprisoned and experimented on at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp and how Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist and former actress brought them to the U.S. for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime. She had been researching the story for over ten years.

Following Lilac Girls, readers can look forward to two prequel novels. The first, released in April 2019, Lost Roses, takes place during WWI and tells the story of Caroline’s mother Eliza’s fight to help Russian refugees displaced by the revolution there. Like Lilac Girls, Lost Roses is a heartbreaking story of love and loss, a saga of desperate immigrants, a world in turmoil, and three strong women who are pushed to the limit, determined to survive.

The second prequel takes place during The Civil War and tells the story of Caroline’s ancestors, the incredibly philanthropic Woolsey women, staunch abolitionists who tended to wounded soldiers on the Gettysburg battlefield.

Martha Hall Kelly will be happy to answer questions before, during and after her talk, and to sign or inscribe copies of her books.

This talk is free and open to the public. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to the Library’s online calendar at

The House of Books is a charming, upscale bookshop in a historic building on Main Street with a full selection of books on all subjects. Featuring quality literature, books on art, history and politics, biographies, fiction and a special room with children’s books. In addition to books, they offer gifts, cards, stationery, music, art & office supplies. They also offer FAX/Copy/UPS services.