The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Okay guys. I’m about to make a bold statement here. This is my favorite book of 2018 (so far). It is magnificent. It is heartbreaking but speaks to the power and strength women had through WWII. What a story Kristin Hannah created!
The book is about two sisters living in German-occupied France during World War II. Isabelle is rebellious, strong-willed, and insists on helping the Nazi resistance. Vienne is the rule follower and tries to stay in line for the sake of protecting her daughter. The book follows their journey from the start of the war through to the end, the two very different paths to survival they find themselves on, and ultimately how they find peace and love amidst miserable conditions.
From the first chapter, I was captured. The audiobook was 17+ hours and despite being long, I didn’t want it to end. The narrator was one of the most spectacular I’ve ever heard. Her use of French, German, and American accents transported me right into the story. I honestly felt like I was listening to a movie rather than an audiobook which is something that is not easy to do.
Speaking of movies, I thought through the whole thing how wonderful it would be for this book to be produced for the big screen. And imagine my delight when I found that a movie rendition is expected in January! I cannot wait to see it!
I seriously could not recommend this book more. It is so important to remember our history, particularly some of the most horrific and dark times in recent centuries. This book demonstrates vividly some of the most disgusting and horrific things that were done by human beings to other human beings all at the hands of hate and evil. And those stories are so important to tell (even if fictitious) so we don’t relive the mistakes of our past.
I’ve been raving to friends and family and telling them they have to read it, and I will keep raving about it for some time. It’s truly unforgettable!
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