I realize I am about 5 years behind in reading this book, especially considering how much I love historical fiction, but better late than never! And since I’ve loved 2 of the author’s other books it comes as no surprise that I loved this one.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is up there as one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read. It’s 1939 and the Germans are taking over France and tearing families apart. One sister, Vianne, tries to keep her head down and survive in the small town she lives in. The other sister, Isabelle, wants to do everything she can to fight against the Germans. And their father, who sent them away as children after their mother died, is working for the Germans in Paris. They all end up taking very different paths through the war but also having similar and shared experiences. It’s a story of love, war, family, and survival at all costs.
This book is intense at times and, as I always say, I cannot imagine how so many people survived that war. Definitely read this one!