I listened to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah this on my Overdrive app, in fact, I had to “check it out” 2 times. Overdrive allows you to keep books for 2 weeks. I am not sure why, but I wasn’t able to finish the first time I had it. Of course the library has 4 “copies” and there are a minimum of 18 people in line for each copy – yes it IS THAT good. So I had to wait for it to be available to “check it out” again. That was a rough few days, since I had already started listening to it.
Honestly, I wasn’t grabbed from the beginning of the book, I am not sure where that turned – but I loved loved this book. I really love Vianne and Isabelle. I do have to say, I am sooo grateful that I didn’t live in the war times. Both Vianne and Isabelle went through so much during the war, and both survived as best as they could. Both had very different experiences.
From Amazon –
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.
Wow I loved The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I just finished it this morning, and honestly I am sooooo sad. I really really didn’t want this book to end. Of course there were parts where I was dying for it to end, but it really had you right until the end. I certainly hope they make a movie out of this one, I think it would be a good movie.
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