Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE GOLDEN DOVES by Martha Hall Kelly


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE GOLDEN DOVES by Martha Hall Kelly.  I was a big fan of Kelly’s Lilac Girls, a moving historical fiction series, which traced three generations of women from one family from WWII all the way back to the Civil War, so I’m very excited to get my hands on this new book, which promises to be a powerful read about female spies hunting fugitive Nazi doctors.

THE GOLDEN DOVES by Martha Hall Kelly

Publication Date:  April 18, 2023 by Ballantine Books

From Goodreads:

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.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

10 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    I’m always up for WWII stories, especially ones featuring strong female characters! And the fact that this story extends beyond the war is also really interesting.

  2. Verushka
    Verushka says:

    Oh my goodness, this sounds magnificent! Josie and Arlette sound like such amazing characters — in such a heartbreaking story. I want to know more about the real events tthat inspired this as well.

  3. Mica - Away From The Blue
    Mica - Away From The Blue says:

    Oh this sounds like a heart-breaking read, but I hope that justice prevails in the end! Historical books like this are always tough to read as you know that the evil in them isn’t made up, it really happened to so many people, and it’s shocking how terrible humans can be to others! Definitely a much too heavy read for me, but thank you for sharing!

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