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I am a huge fan of historical fiction. It is my absolute favorite book genre. I love reading fictional stories set against the backdrop of actual history. It transports me to those times and really gives a feel and understanding for what it was like to live during those times.
Which is why I was super excited to be able to review the new book from author Kristin Hannah called The Nightingale.
The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Novel
The Nightingale is set in France during the Nazi occupation 0f World War II. The story centers around two sisters who are very different and are forced to face this difficult time in their own way.
About the book:
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 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.
It’s a simple story really. Probably one that could be told thousands of times over. But one we haven’t heard before. Two women, sisters, and the impact the Nazi occupation had on their lives. But within that basic theme is a whole series of moments that leave you breathless. Half in tears, half riveted to the page yearning for more. There were so many elements of this time in history that I didn’t even realize were a challenge for people. It was fascinating and sad at the same time. I didn’t understand the extent of food rationing. How frustrating it must have been to see the Germans and a select few of their supporters getting fat while most children starved. Being unable to keep your child warm during the winter, and watching friends disappear knowing full well what happened to them. Do you comply for your own safety? Or stand up for your friends?
Seeing the war through the eyes of two sisters from their very different perspectives was easy for me to relate to. I have a younger sister and the differences between us are like Isabelle and Vianne, with me relating more to the older sister, but I see sides of both of us in each of the characters.
This book twisted and turned and was full of heartbreak and examples of the resiliency of the human spirit.
Read this book!
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