Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, 440 pages

"The Nightingale" tells the story of two sisters in France during World War II.  Vianne is married with a daughter and a husband in a German prisoner of War camp once the French army collapses.

Isabelle spends the war working for the Resistance.  The sisters and their father were not close before the war.  Their father was distant, physically and emotionally for years.  Vianne is a mother and wife who always considered herself weak.  Isabelle felt abandoned since their mother died and their father sent the girls away and is impetuous and headstrong.

This is a story of what happens to women during war and the actions they take to survive.  It took me a long time to work up the desire to read this one as I kept hearing it was heart-wrenching and sad.  Yep, it's a weeper but beautiful too.  5 stars for this epic story.

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