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 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.
Last week during my What I am Loving Wednesday post I said that I loved the fact that the new Kristin Hannah book was out….. fast forward one week and I am DONE! Wow….. literally. I love Kristin Hannah, I love how each book of hers is so different but how I love them all the same. Her book Winter Garden is one of my all time favorites and now this book The Nightingale has been added to that list also. I love Novels set into history, I also love Novels that happen within present day but flash back to tell the story…. this book does both. I loved the strong female leads in this book and I loved how they were each heroes in a time when that word wasn’t associated with women. You know, I am sitting here just thinking… getting lost into my memories of this book while I am trying to write this post. I don’t really know what more to say other than you must read this book. Last night when I was done I hugged my Kindle and then dreamed of this story.