This week’s review is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all my books a shot.
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
As stated in the opening paragraph, one of my most interesting genres of reading is about the Holocaust. Even if it’s a fictional book, such as The Nightingale, I read books on that time period. This book was on my book club’s reading list, but it was also on the best selling list for last summer. It did not disappoint.
About the book
Taken from the Amazon website:
“In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her lifetime and again to save others.
With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.“
Stories of sisters are always enjoyable for me to read, but this one was especially good. Their lives intertwine and then separate, on and off, left an edge and suspense to the overall story. They are each brave in their own way and support one another despite their differences. It was a page-turner and one that I could not put down. The author’s character and plot development was thorough and left no unanswered questions. The reader cannot help but love each of the sisters for their strength and courage to push through their troubling situations. This is a book I definitely want to own for book collection.
Book Trailer of The Nightingale
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