REVIEW : The Nightingale

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TITLE: The Nightingale
AUTHOR: Kristin Hannah
GENRES: Adult, Historical Fiction
PAGES: 440
FORMAT: Hardcover
PUBLISHED: February 3rd 2015
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

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In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye 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, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaëtan, 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.

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What I Think

Because of them, I know now what matters, an it is not what I have lost. It is my memories. Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain.

The Nightingale is a story about two sisters and their survival during the World War II. Isabelle and Vianne are two completely different personalities and they both have very different opinions about what to do with the German invasion in France. While Vianne is trying to keep her daughter Sophie safe at their home and waiting for her husband, Antoine, return, Isabelle wants to do something to help the French resistance against the Germans. But do they survive and if so, with what costs?

I had heard nothing but good things about this book before I actually went and picked it up. Honestly I was a little nervous because of all the hype, would this live up to all that? And to answer my own question: The Nightingale most definitely lived up to all the hype it still gets.
This book made me go through so many different feelings and a lot of nail biting. It’s written with one of the sister’s POV in year 1995 and then with chapters that are their story from the start of the war, until the day it ends. And no matter the fact that the 1995 POV is from one sister only, it doesn’t give away anything about their experiences throughout the war, absolutely nothing.

I loved all the characters from the start. They went through some really horrible things and I felt them all. I cried so much while reading, and even a little when I had put the book down. I got angry, sad, happy, everything.

This book is about horrible things but still there were bits of happiness in places and it is beautifully written story. I don’t like crying but yet books that make me cry are probably the best books there is. Because then I know for sure that the book has touched me deep. That’s exactly what The Nightingale did and I’m sure this will be staying with me for a long time. I don’t know what else to say ’cause I feel like I would be spoiling the book. But a solid 5 stars from me, will definitely reread at some point.

AEITA

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