Friday, April 1, 2016

The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Publisher - St. Martins Press
Publish Date - February 2015
Genre - Historical Fiction
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My Rating:

It’s hard to believe that it’s already April – time is flying by this year! While I’ve  been slacking on my book reviews, I haven’t been slacking on reading that’s for sure. I’ve already read 9 books this year so far which is kind of crazy. What is that, 3 a month!? Not sure how I managed to do that but needless to say, I’ve got a lot of content to write!

I get my book suggestions from so many different places that it’s hard to keep track which ones come from where sometimes. This one falls into that category. I have no idea how I heard about this book (it may have been another TheSkimm recommendation) but regardless, I’m so glad I found it.

The Nightingale takes place in France during WWII and tells the story of sisters Vianne and Isabelle. When it’s clear that the Nazis are going to invade France, Vianne has to say goodbye to her husband, Antoine and she is left on her own with her young daughter. A German soldier requisitions her house forcing Vianne and her daughter to live side by side with the enemy.

Vianne’s sister Isabelle is a stubborn, rebellious girl who is determined to make a difference for France during the war. Isabelle falls into a young love with a man who is part of a movement that believes France can fight the Germans from within. He eventually betrays her and in order to cope, Isabelle joins the Resistance where she risks her life over and over again in order to save the lives of French and American soliders.

While the two sisters live incredibly divergent paths during the war, they are both forced to make unthinkable decisions in order to survive. The Nightingale does a remarkable job of telling the story of the Women’s War during WWII, a story not often told. It’s a powerful novel that displays the utter resilience of humans during tragic times and the absolute strength of women. It’s inspiring, fast-paced and full of emotion that will leave you raw and reflective.

If you love historical fiction, stories about the triumph of women during a man’s time or just a good “can’t put it down” page turner of a book then go get this one right now and start reading. You won’t regret it!

Pair This With: Chateau Bellevue Bordeaux

This wine will leave you feeling like you are reading The Nightingale right on the banks of the Seine River. It's an easy drinking Bordeaux blend that's rich and fruity. The perfect sip for this page-turner - and easy on the wallet too!

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