Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Posted February 11, 2015 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin HannahThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Historical
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: 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 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 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 girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth.  While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets 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.  But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others. With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures 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.

Kristin Hannah is a fantastic writer. She has a way with word imagery. Hannah draws her readers in and gets them addicted to the story right away which is a great quality to have. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah is an exceptional story going back to World War II. I love how Hannah bases her story on real events.

“The Nightingale” is about two sisters in France and their story on how they survived the terrible war. Isabelle and Viann are two very different people. Viann always follows the rules and Isabelle is very much a rebel. After their mother dies, their father is unable to take care of them. Since their father is unable to care for them, he kicks Viann about of the house when she becomes pregnant and marries the man she has fallen in love with. Isabelle is sent off to boarding school because of her rebellion.

During the war Viann’s best friend, who is a Jew, is captured and it breaks Viann’s heart. Isabelle is known as ‘The Nightingale,’ a rebel who is involved with the underground and aids allied fliers. The Nazis will do anything to have ‘The Nightingale’ captured. Throughout the story both characters grow a lot. Viann becomes more bolder and brave where Isabelle becomes more thoughtful and caring. I think this story has a very emotional impact on its readers. There are so many hardships that are faced and cause the characters to reach inside for their inner courage.

Hannah has done a fantastic job with this historical novel. I think that this surpasses many of her romance novels. The writing and imagery are done so well in this book. I was able to picture everything perfectly as it was happening. Hannah is a very talented writer so I look forward to what she comes up with next. With writing done so well the reader has a hard time putting the story down because you can feel like you are part of the action right there.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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