The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. The story of two very different sisters, Isabelle and Vianne, who both try to deal with the struggles and horrors of war, but each in their very own way. Vianne is the older sister, but she has always been more timid than her rebellious younger sister Isabelle. When Vianne's husband goes to war, France's army is no match for Germany and he is quickly captured by the Nazi's and sent to a prison camp. Vianne is left to care for her daughter. As she faces the struggles of life in France during the war, a German officer moves in, creating even more struggles for Vianne. Isabelle is outspoken and impulsive, she finds herself in the middle of the German invasion and she soon turns her anger and frustration into action by joining the resistance. Their relationship is often very strained, but they both care deeply about each other. Both Vianne and Isabelle deal with hardships and find strength, as the face dangerous conditions. Kristin Hannah does a tremendous job of sharing the deep relationships that form in the midst of war, the sacrifices that were made by so many of the French people. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
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