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If you have read this blog for any length of time you will know that I am a big ole book nerd. I used to have a monthly post where I reviewed all the books I read the past month but that got old so I quit. Now I only really post about books I fall in love with.
I have been a Kristin Hannah fan since I read Firefly Lane a few years ago and I then proceeded to read all of her books that I could get my hands on. She is good stuff y’all. Very into chic lit and very into plot twists that make me cry like a baby, in a good way!
I recently read The Nightingale and it is hands down the best book I have read this year. It’s set in both present day U.S.A. and WWII era France. It’s about two sisters who navigate life during the war and how each played their part. The present day part is told by one sister but you aren’t sure which one until the very last page. It’s truly a heartbreaking book and based loosely off of a real account of the war.
I have to admit that I am kind of obsessed with WWII books and have read quite a few. I reviewed one on this blog, Sarah’s Key, and it is still one of my favorite books! A few others I like in the same genre are Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg, and of course The Diary of a Young Girl by Ann Frank.
“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 France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
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 the compelling and mysterious 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. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to 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.”
I heard the movie rights to The Nightingale had been purchased and it is supposed to be made sometime in the future. I really hope whoever makes it really does it justice and doesn’t stray too far from the original story.
I’m telling you, if you love to read then you have to read this book. Even if you don’t love to read then please try! It really is amazing!!
Do you love to read??
What is your favorite book of all time??
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I don’t read at all, but my husband is an avid reader. He LOVES WW11 books, too. He loves anything and everything about history actually.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
This sounds like a great read. I love books that incorporate history like this. I’ll have to check it out.
Adding this to my must-read list right now! I love a good book that I can get lost in!!
I love the story idea here. I want to know which sister is telling the story! I will need to read this book. I am so totally interested in this!
I really enjoy books about WWII and the people involved. I bet this would be a great book for me to pick up!
Grace Hodgin says
This does sound like a great book and the type of book I usually try to read. I will check it out.
Savannah Miller says
I LOVE reading I will have to check this book out. Right now my favorite series would have to be JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
Thanks for letting me know about this great book. I need to find a copy for myself. If I am not busy with work (or housework), you’ll usually find me in my favorite comfy spot on the couch, with a good book in hand.
Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey says
This sounds like a great book, something I could sit down with at the end of my very busy day. I’ll look into this, thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome!! I hope you try it and love it!!
Chubskulit Rose says
I remember The Nightangale in literatur subject. Must be nice to read the whole book, I never had a chance.
This sounds interesting. I love the color too it really draws me in! Going to have to check this one out!
I would love to read this book. My husband is obsessed with WWII stories, too, so I’m sure he’d want to read this.
Renee @ Gettin' Fit Fab says
I LOVE WWII books! This sounds like it would be a great addition to my reading collection! How awesome! ♥ I hope if they do make it into a movie it’ll be done the right way.
Yes!! I HATE when a movie from a book gets messed up. So disappointing!!
Crystal Lopez says
I have a whole library of books and I love to read. It gives me some time to delve into something for myself. I definitely think this is a story to be shared and enjoyed on my reading list.
Bonnie @wemake7 says
I miss reading so much. It was something I used to do all the time. I’ve got to get back to it. Sounds like a great book.
I don’t have a ton of time to read these days so I have been checking out audiobooks digitally from my local library and listening to them on my phone!!
Ann Bacciaglia says
I read The Nightingale a few years ago. It was a fantastic book. I would definitely recommend this book.
I’m a book nerd too. I would read this one, and I love that it’s hard cover!
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
I love reading WWII books! How fun is that! I’ll have to look her up and check out a few of her books! I’m always looking for new works like this for my bookshelf!
That sounds like a great book! I have always been fascinated with the war, this takes an interesting twist!
Yes!! Definitely full of twists!!
I don’t have as much time for reading as I’d like, now that I have a little one again. This will definitely be one of those I read late into the night.
Camesha | Mama Motivator says
I am getting back to my book reading habits. I have been blazing through a few lately. This sounds like a good read.