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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??