For me, there really is nothing more enjoyable than getting lost in a book and that is just what I did when we read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah for our July Book Club. You can’t go wrong with this amazing story about two sisters during World War II in France. At the start of the book, the older sister, Vianne, lives in the South of France with her husband and young daughter and her sister, Isabelle, is away at school. We follow them through the occupation of France by the Germans and how each one handles surviving in a war ravaged country; their believes, challenges, heartache and unbelievable hardships. Vianne’s husband is sent to fight with the resistance and she is left to support their daughter and manage their home. Her responsibilities dictate many of the choices she has to make in order to raise her child and wait for her husband to come home. Isabelle, on the other hand, is single, strong willed and independent. She only has to worry about herself and is willing to go underground to do what she can against the occupation. While they are separated by beliefs and actions, they are entwined in family and responsibility. It is a fast paced, page turner that keeps you enthralled. I loved it and would give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah