Nightingale, The

Kristin Hannah
In love we find out who we want to be.In war we find out who we are.FRANCE, 1939In 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-07-24
Loved the story. So glad I was not born during this era; I would not have survived.
Reviewed: 2018-05-27
Mum June 2018
Reviewed: 2016-05-31
3.5 stars

I have read a few books by Kristin Hannah, but this wasn't a favourite although I ended up quite enjoying it. I found the first half slow and struggled to work out where the author was going with the story. Also, I didn't really connect with the two sisters, Viann and Isabelle. Thankfully, the second half was much stronger and the sisters became more believable as they struggled to survive Nazi occupation. Hannah provided a very personal insight into the lives of these two women living in France during WWII. Despite the terrible atrocities both Viann and Isabelle faced, this was still a story of courage, determination and love. A worthwhile read.
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