The Nightingale: book review by Arlene.
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The Nightingale Review:
This is an immediately absorbing story set in France during the German Occupation during World War II. The people of France are living a peaceful life as word begins to spread of the German advancement nearing their borders. At first, the Parisians have no concern of Occupation but their fears begin to loom large as the German Army begins to close in.
The main characters in the book are 2 sisters, different in nature, living very different lives before the Occupation. They are brought together, forced to make riveting choices neither sister would have imagined they would have chosen to make in their lifetime.
Vianne, the older sister, is married with a young daughter and devoted husband, living in a quiet village outside of Paris.
Isabelle, the younger sister, is 18, adventurous, passionate with reason and desire. She meets a Partisan who wants to fight the Germans in France. Together they forge ahead into the unknown.
Isabelle struggles to find herself, taking chances beyond her wildest dreams of making a difference, meeting a variety of characters through her association with Gaetan, the Partisan she falls in love with to become “The Nightingale.”
The sisters faith and fate eventually becomes an integral part of their story and plays a dramatic role in their lives as they are brought together time after time during the war as their story unfolds.
The Nightingale Recommendation:
My first recommendation is Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.
Kristin Hannah is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Firefly Lane.” I immediately picked up “Firefly Lane” after finishing the “The Nightingale” and it sits in my desk’s “soon to read” pile.
If you have read and loved “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana DeRosnay you will surely love “The Nightingale.” Both of these wonderful books take place during the same time in history during the occupation of France by the German Army during World War II.
I actually read both books at the same time. For me it was like reading one book with two dimensions. I found the writing of both authors to be similar in style so it almost became one book for me with additional characters coming to life in the same historical time frame.
You become captivated and absorbed in the lives of these two brave women. Their remarkable love for one another, their devotion to each other and their country and their strength and bravery beyond measure will grip you to the last page. You will remember this story for a long time to come after closing the book for the last time.
Lyrical fiction in every way. I hope you enjoyed The Nightingale book review!
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