Surviving the Deadly Killer Hoop Skirts of the 1800s

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  1. I wore a hoop under my wedding dress for my first wedding in 1981! It was fun but I can see that they were very likely to be dangerous! Thanks for posting this!

    1. How fun you wore a hoop on your big day, but glad you made it through the wedding, okay, Sandy!😉

  2. Ms. Kelly,
    I just finished The Lilac Girls and the post highlighting the beauty who is Stasia. It is with tears in my eyes (and suppression of sobs) that I write to you. I cannot adequately convey the amount of gratitude I have for you in taking the time and doing the research to produce such a just, fascinating, and exciting book. While it is never truly possible to feel the torture these strong women endured, you have so eloquently offered their plight without pity. The strength, utter love, and kindness in Stasia’s eyes in the picture of the two of you, forced an audible sob. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, for bringing this to life for me.
    I am certainly your newest devotee! I cannot wait to begin another book!

    1. I’m so glad Lilac Girls resonated with you—I feel the same way about that photo of Stasia. I love how you describe her: strength, utter love and kindness, for that was exactly how she was. Such a lovely person and so forgiving. Thank you for reaching out, Stacey!

    2. You are so kind, Stacey! I’m so happy Lilac Girls stayed with you—it was a labor of love writing it! 🙂

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