The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
Title: The Nightingale
Author: Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Length: 608 pages
I am a member of an online book group that likes to promote books they have enjoyed and this story kept popping up. A fan of WWII historical fiction and history, I decided to take the plunge on an author I had never read before.
This was a long and sad story, but it was not surprising given the time period. It was emotionally moving and is a story that will stay with you. I often found myself reflecting on the tale and what my choices would have been.
While it may be fiction, it is set during a time that is not and reads like fact. I felt I was reading the memoirs of real WWII survivors, not fictional creations. It is one of those stories where it felt real because it all could have happened, and many bits of it probably did.
It was one of the best books I have read for 2019 and I will be sure to check out more from Hannah in the years to come.
You can find the story on Amazon in multiple formats.
Synopsis: 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 France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
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 the compelling and mysterious 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. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.