First, I love all of Kristin Hannah’s books, I find her storytelling abilities to be captivating, and almost all of her work has reeled me into a mode where I can’t put the book down. I will try to stay up all night to finish it.
Although it took me a while to get into at first, this book was just the same. I eventually found that I couldn’t put it down! Not only is it impossible to put down and completely immerses you. Hannah does know how to work all of your emotions when reading this book. Sad, anger, happy, fear, loneliness, you name the feeling, and she’ll deliver it at some point within the book.
The story follows two sisters, separated by age, personality, characteristics, principles and views on life, embarking on their separate dangerous journey within the World War II era. In this terrible time period of our not-so-distant history, Hannah highlights the countless ways that so many women played their roles during World War II and how underestimated they were. Hannah sets the plot to illuminate the intimate part of history that’s seldomly told – the women’s war.
The book weaves the gut-wrenching story of the journey of love, survival, and freedom from both sisters beautifully and showcases human resilience. The story is equal parts brutal, tragic and inspiring. It speaks to the inhumanity that should have never be experienced. It is an affirmation of women’s bold and courageous power and how all forms of love can survive and thrive in the worst conditions imaginable.
Also, this book is soon to be a major motion picture! Release date: 23 December 2021
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 life time 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.
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