The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Back Cover Synopsis:
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye 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, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisans march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaëtan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love only as the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the woman’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 towards 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.
What I liked:
- I love how this story is told, that there are two perspectives, one from each sister, Vianne and Isabelle, during two time frames (past and present) and how their perspective reflects where they are in their lives and how this shapes their involvement in the resistance of the Nazis.
- What this story is really about it love, love for family, love for friends, love for country in opposition to hate.
- I liked the way that the story uses women to carry out resistance during a time period when women were drastically underestimated.
- I love that this story is a fiction but is based on true historical events, this is my favourite kind of historical fiction.
- The past and present writing strategy that this book uses provides a lot of suspense because unlike the chapters from the past, the present chapters do not let the reader in on who the narrator is until the very end.
What I didn’t like:
- Really, nothing!
Why it’s my Favourite:
- Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about this book, I LOVE IT!
- I found this story to be a truly beautiful inspiration of ordinary heroism.
- Beautifully written full of sacrifice, tragedy and love.
Overall, I highly, highly recommend picking this book up, if you only read one book this year, this is it!
If you liked this try: The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, WWII
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