What I’m Reading: The Nightengale

I just finished up the audio book  The Nightingale  by Kristin Hannah.  I had been waiting and waiting for the book to become available via my online library.  I had heard so many good things about it.  So much so that I was int he middle on one audio book and dropped it (for a little while) so I could start listening to this.  With long waits for books I try really hard to listen to them and return them asap.

So was the wait worth it???YES!

The book was very good.  It’s a WWII book with a tie to present day.  Over 90% of the book happens during the war.  It’s about a family that fell apart after the death of the mother and a father who came home weary from WWI.  What happens to the family amazed me.  The story fluctuates by telling the story of each of the sisters.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “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.

Amazon readers say 4.8 stars.  I’m agreeing with them.  I was a good book.  I recommend it…The book was worth the wait.

6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Nightengale”

  1. If you have not read this book, you should. I’m not much of a historical fiction reader (which this isn’t really but yet has some history to it) but I thoroughly enjoyed The Nightingale. It’s a long book but worth every page. Enjoy!

  2. It sounds like a good read. I went to my library website and checked to see if they had it. They have 30 copies of the online audiobook and each copy has 5 people waiting for it. The ebook is even worse! 92 copies with each one having 5 people waiting. Oh well, I’ll put it on hold anyway. It does sound like a good story.

  3. I really enjoyed this book and seeing as you did as well, I would recommend that you search for “Sarah’s Key”. This is another one set in the same era and a very good read.

  4. I will have to try it again, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind last summer when I checked it out of the library.

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