I loved this book. I thought it as very interesting to read about WWII from the perspective of two French sisters, one of whom's husband is away fighting in the war and the other who is unhappy with how she feels her people are reacting to the war. Some critics of the novel have been upset by a few historical inaccuracies, but for me none of that was enough to keep me from being completely entranced with this novel.
I recently read The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and I absolutely loved it so I was excited to read The Nightingale. Kristin Hannah has such a beautiful writing style but I must admit there was a slow build up in this story. Once it picked up, I didn't want to put it down. It is always so hard to read about the events that took place during WWII and, though this is fictional, it draws on true events from that dark period. Kristin Hannah introduces us to 2 strong admirable women who, in different ways, endured terrible hardships during the war but were heroic in their efforts. It was an emotional read and I am still thinking about the story. It is definitely an impressionable book. It is one that will stay with me for a long time and is worth reading!
Fabulous Read. This book keeps you interested all the way through. The ending ties up all of the loose ends and the questions you have in your mind. Great writing. I will be looking for my next book by the same author.
Moving look at two sisters in France during WW II and what they're willing to do to survive the war.
The Nightingale is the best book I have ever read about WWII. I could not put it down and kept reading it, I did not want it to end. Every character (who was not Nazi expect for Beck) in this book touched my heart in a way that no other book ever did especially Isabelle.
Thank you Christin for writing the Nightingale.
A very well written page turner on how two sisters of clashing personalities survived WWII in the Nazi occupied France. It was full of suspense and horror of the cruelty of war and Holocaust. One sister joined the Resistance to lead the downed Allied airmen to safety; the other saved the Jewish children by hiding them in a convent. The French women’s sacrifice for their family and loved ones; their fighting for the liberation of the country behind the enemy lines was so brave. I loved this book.
I gave up on this one. It trivialized and romanticized the dangers of the War. Not my cup of tea. Guess this author isn't for me.
This was a great story of two sisters and their journeys during the war, both contributing in their own ways. I highly recommend this book. It was written very well and was hard to put down.
Grab a box of tissues and immerse yourself in this riveting story about two sisters forced to face the hardships of Nazi-occupied France, discovering inner strength and learning what "family" truly means.
The book was well written and kept me turning the page. However I am very unhappy that there is an explicit rape described in the book. That is not okay to have in a book and makes for a disturbing read. Mentioning that she got raped is one thing, describing it is another. I think its very harmful and degrading to woman and the less rape crammed into our "entertainment" the better.
Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this novel. I just found some of the plot and pacing a bit off and it didn't always work for me. I think "Winter Garden" is Hannah's stronger novel.
Brilliant, beautiful, and terrifying...... highly recommended, and we must never forget the realities of war on the human heart and soul.
I enjoyed the story about the role of the Nightingales during the Second World War. I have read other books on the occupation of France by the Nazis that I may have enjoyed more- this book was a bit more superficial and some of the story lines didn't seem very plausible but it still was a decent story.
The most touching and well written book I have read. It described the hardships of war and how it affected women in the most vivid way. I could not put this book down after I picked it up. It made me feel like I was living in the 1940s and had me hold my friends and family closer after I finished reading it.
A stunning read and so well-researched by author Kristin Hannah. Two sisters in WWII occupied France, deal with the devastation to their family and their very existence. One sister, Isabelle becomes involved with the French resistance, while Vianne stays in the quiet country village but even there, she cannot escape the effects of the war. The ending was so well done and brought me to tears.
A phenomenal book! As another reader said, this book reminded me of why I love to read.
This book started out slow, but once you get through the first 50 pages it is phenomenal. I couldn't put this book down. Once you get started, you just want to know what happens! Amazing, amazzzing book.
I started this book and abandoned it two times. However, I have a friend who kept telling me to read it combined with my son studying abroad this summer in Paris (the book is set in Paris) made me pick it up for a third time. I am so glad I did! This book is one of the best books I have read. A historical fiction set in Paris during WWII, it tells the story of two sisters, their relationship, and their efforts to aid the war and survive Germany's occupation of France. I didn't want to put it down, but I didn't want it to end either. When I finished, I felt as if I had to say good-bye to friends. A must read!
A touching novel that gives testimony to the strength, courage and necessity of women in WWII. Kristin Hannah's writing illustrates the raw love between friends, family, neighbours, strangers and enemies. But it is countered by hatred and the horrors of war. There were unexpected turns and many poignant moments where I almost found tears in my eyes. The first two sentences summarize the theme: "In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are."
An easy to read novel with the heart of a mother.
This is the best book I have read in long time the ending had me in tears but good tears not bad. She is an excellent writer so true to the heart. A must read for everyone not just survivors for that terrible war. It was worth the wait.
This is by far the best thing I've read this year. In places, it is hard; it will break your heart and lift you up. It's the story of two incredibly courageous women; and I was reminded that although this is a work of fiction, there have in fact always been women like that who did things like that during war.
Ms. Hannah did a masterful job of recreating the chaos, the constant fear, the sheer day-to-day misery of a helpless civilian population living under the occupation of a brutal enemy intent upon destroying and demoralizing their victims.
The book was so engrossing and the characters so wonderfully drawn that it caused me to break a promise to myself: a promise to never again read another book about the holocaust. And of course, while a book about the Nazi occupation could not avoid bringing the holocaust into play, there's much, much more to this book than that. It's also about family, about sacrifice, about love and about redemption.
Very highly recommended.
Best Ever - will always hold a special place. I will read it many more times.