Author: Kristin Hannah
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: ARC paperback
Rating: 5 stars
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.
This book was awesome! First I have to start off by saying I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read anything having to do with world war two especially Hitler, Nazis, and the Holocaust. My strong interest began when I learned about Anne Frank, who is still a hero in my eyes to this day. However Isabelle and Viann are also hero’s to me now. This book captures a clear picture of what life was like back then and how women were hero’s back then. Not saying that women aren’t hero’s today but they were definitely the hero’s in that time. While the men were off fighting the war the women were to not only keep themselves from getting killed but had to protect the children.
My favorite character is Isabelle. She is “unruly”, outspoken, strong, determined, brave, dedicated and so much more. She didn’t let anyone tell her she couldn’t do what she wanted. She saved many lives all the while risking her own.
Viann is a hero in her own way too. Granted she didn’t go as far as Isabelle but she saved 19 children who otherwise would have died. All the while having a Nazi billeted at her house. She did what she had to to keep her daughter Sophie alive. She kept pushing and getting through day after day even though she just wanted to give up at times.
My only dislike about the book was when it mentioned Viann getting raped. Don’t get me wrong I understand that it probably really did happen back then in those horrible times, hell it happens now but that doesn’t mean I want to read about it. Brings up too much for me. I could have done without that part. That was my only dislike though.
I am sure that what I am writing is definitely not doing this book justice. It just isn’t this book was so good. I even cried. Real tears came out of my eyes and down my cheeks. Granted it also wasn’t a fast pace book. This 438 page book took me a week to read but I loved every minute of it. If you like reading about world war two and the Nazis and holocaust, or you want a book with some female hero’s this is definitely a book for you!!! I hope you guys read it and if you do let me know what you think. I hope you love it just as much as I do!!!