Book Recommendation: The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly

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Book Recommendation: The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly

Dolores and I enjoyed reading The Golden Doves (2023) by New York Times bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly and recommend this novel for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book.


Two former female spies, bound together by their past, risk everything to hunt down an infamous Nazi doctor in the aftermath of World War II—an extraordinary novel inspired by true events from the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls

American Josie Anderson and Parisian Arlette LaRue are thrilled to be working in the French resistance, stealing so many Nazi secrets that they become known as the Golden Doves, renowned across France and hunted by the Gestapo. Their courage will cost them everything. When they are finally arrested and taken to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, along with their loved ones, a reclusive Nazi doctor does unspeakable things to Josie’s mother, a celebrated Jewish singer who joined her daughter in Paris when the world seemed bright. And Arlette’s son is stolen from her, never to be seen again.

A decade later the Doves fall headlong into a dangerous dual mission: Josie is working for U.S. Army intelligence and accepts an assignment to hunt down the infamous doctor, while a mysterious man tells Arlette he may have found her son. The Golden Doves embark on a quest across Europe and ultimately to French Guiana, discovering a web of terrible secrets, and must put themselves in grave danger to finally secure justice and protect the ones they love.

Martha Hall Kelly has garnered acclaim for her stunning combination of empathy and research into the stories of women throughout history and for exploring the terrors of Ravensbrück. With The Golden Doves, she has crafted an unforgettable story about the fates of Nazi fugitives in the wake of World War II—and the unsung females spies who risked it all to bring them to justice. Goodreads


Martha Hall Kelly

Martha’s debut novel Lilac Girls, became a New York Times bestseller the week it was published in 2016 and then went on to sell over two million copies and publish in 50 countries. The novel is 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 brought them to the U.S. for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime.

Martha followed Lilac Girls with Lost Roses about Caroline’s mother, and Sunflower Sisters about Caroline’s great grandmother, which also became Instant New York Times best sellers.

Her latest novel, The Golden Doves, which returns to WWII, arrives in bookstores April 18th, 2023.

Martha grew up in Massachusetts and now splits her time between Litchfield, Connecticut, Hobe Sound, Florida, and New York City.

Find more info about the incredible, true stories behind all of Martha’s books on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and on her ever-changing Pinterest.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (9)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This looks like a very interesting book.  I am reading a series by Sulari Gentill which is set in Australia - a detective named Rowland Sinclair - 

May 24, 2023 04:02 AM
Roy Kelley

We have not read the books in this series. I just printed a list of her books in order.

May 24, 2023 05:28 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Roy Kelley ,

Another stellar book recommendation to add to the ever growing list! Looks intriguing. 

May 24, 2023 04:12 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. As the reading machine continues his quest, I am still struggling with time to read. Must say, I need more time. Enjoy your next read.

May 24, 2023 04:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... I've got Lilac Girls on my bedside table right now. This is a book I'll definitely be keep my eyes open for.

May 24, 2023 05:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, thank you for the book recommendation, and sounds like a good read.

May 24, 2023 06:08 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I like historical fiction and this fits right in there, will have to see if my local library carries her book.

May 24, 2023 07:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you will read and enjoy this book and many others. The selections are endless.

May 24, 2023 01:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly, sounds like a really good read, Roy.

May 24, 2023 01:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

May 24, 2023 01:31 PM