In Bethlehem: Best-selling Author to Visit Bellamy-Ferriday House

Martha Hall Kelly, the author of “Lilac Girls,” will celebrate her new novel, “Lost Roses,” Sunday, November 17, at the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem.

BETHLEHEM — New York Times bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly will celebrate her new novel, “Lost Roses,” Sunday, November 17, at the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden, the summer home of the novel’s real-life heroine, Eliza Ferriday. Martha Hall Kelly’s debut novel, “Lilac Girls,” focuses on social philanthropist Caroline Ferriday’s work to gain war reparations and medical attention for the “lapins” (rabbits) — female prisoners subjected to medical testing at the Nazi’s Ravensbrück concentration camp.

“I am so excited to share my second book, ‘Lost Roses,’ the prequel to ‘Lilac Girls,’” the author said. “This book goes back to World War I and tells the story of Caroline Ferriday’s mother, Eliza, and her fight to support a group of White Russian women who came to America with only the clothes on their backs. 

“I can’t wait to share this next story of another bold, principled, caring Ferriday woman, Eliza Jane.”

Those attending will experience the Ferridays’ beloved Connecticut home through Eliza’s eyes as they tour her house.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy images of the historic garden, and a special grounds walk featuring Caroline’s playhouse and the Ferriday barns. Tours will conclude with the opportunity for guests to meet Martha Hall Kelly in the historic kitchen for a meet-and-greet and autograph session.

The Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden is located at 9 Main St. North. Tours are currently available for noon and 12:30 p.m.

Following the tours, there will be an author presentation with question and answer session from 3 to 5 p.m. across the street at Memorial Hall, 10 The Green, with light refreshments.

Ms. Kelly will discuss “Lost Roses,” including her research process, and where she took artistic license.

Those seeking tickets for the tour and/or the author presentation may visit or or call 860-247-8996, ext. 23, by Friday, November 8.

More information on Martha Hall Kelly and her work can be found at

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