The Nightingale

I was a bit reluctant to try The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I’ve read way too many war books over the past few years and I just couldn’t imagine how this one would be yet again different from all the ones I’ve read. But it is. And I loved it! There was a short bit where I thought, oh no, this is same old, same old. But my feelings quickly evaporated and I got right into the story. Vianne & Isabelle are two sisters who are as different as day is to night. Vianne’s husband Antoine is shipped off to war and she is left tending the home fires along with daughter Sophie in the quiet village of Carriveau, France. Isabelle is a rebellious 18 year old who has been kicked out of one too many schools. She ends up joining the Resistance, and her life is changed irrevocably. This is the parrallel stories of these two women, both fighting for their lives during hardship we can only imagine and read about. It’s a fascinating book. Gritty, full horror and destruction, but above all it shows the resiliance of the human spirit and the power of women to endure the unthinkable. It’s a fantastic read.  Don’t think twice about picking this up. Just do it. Now I’m going to check on Kristin Hannah’s other books. There are 22 of them!

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